TERRY WOODALL, R.N., DISTRICT NURSE

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Welcome to the health services home page! Let me tell you a little bit about myself...

I am a graduate of the University of Washington School of Nursing. I have been the lead nurse for the Dieringer School District since October 2005. I was a school nurse in the Federal Way School District from 1993-2000, and an allergy/asthma nurse for 18 years.

I am married and have three grown children.

What does a school nurse do?
School districts are protecting the health of children by providing a school nurse.
Healthy children can learn. Unhealthy children often cannot.

I am a certificated school nurse, which means I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing as well as specialized training in caring for school populations. As the Registered Nurse for the district, I am in each building 1-2 days per week. I care for your students both as individuals and as a whole. My role includes:

-Assessment of students with chronic health conditions such as asthma and diabetes. A plan of care is created for each of these students and school staff is trained on how to care for them.

-Assessment of temporary health conditions which affect learning, such as extended illness or injury recovery.

-Supervision and training of medical procedures such as tube feedings, blood sugar monitoring, and inhaler use.

-Supervision and administration of prescribed and non prescribed (over-the-counter) medications.

-Care of students who become ill or injured during the school day.

-Community health protection by ensuring immunizations are up to date. Assessment of community health via absence rates and reasons for absence.

-Screening of students for vision and hearing deficits. Students cannot learn if they can't see the board or hear the teacher!

-Education of staff, students, and families about health problems, health promotion, and self care.

-Providing students and families with information about community resources: social, economic, physical, and emotional.

-Helping to accommodate students with special health needs within the school environment.

At the Dieringer School District, we have two wonderful Health Technicians (Linda Christman at Dieringer Heights and Michelle Moffat at North Tapps) as well as Mary Aspelund, R.N., at Lake Tapps, who assist students with their health issues. Health Techs are trained by the district Registered Nurse in how to safely administer medications, follow care plans, and care for students who are ill or injured.
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