The School Nurse’s Office is staffed at all times and offers everyday care, first aid for emergencies and monitoring chronic illnesses. They receive and listen to students for any reason at all and are bound by patient confidentiality.
The nurses work closely with the doctor who cares for the Institut, Dr Samuel Amselem, who’s a paediatrician neighbouring the school. Nurses check the health of each pupil throughout the year based on the information gathered from the following forms: the report from the medical examination on arrival and a photocopy of the vaccination records. This allows them to start health records.
Assistance from parents is essential to care for students with chronic illnesses: these are pupils with long-term treatments such as anti-allergy medications or anticonvulsants, and treatments for diabetes. The nurses meet with parents to define an emergency protocol and any medication to be kept on the premises is handed over at that moment. Nurses are informed of dietary requirements which are noted in the medical records and shared with those who need to know. To care for students with serious health conditions, parents report any potentially serious situations that require medication in the event of a sudden illness. Students with asthma often carry Ventolin with them. Even if they are normally able to manage their treatment, parents inform the Institut for monitoring at school and in particular for organising sports outings and school trips.
To care for students who fall ill during school time, they receive first aid from the school nurses and they can be monitored for no more than one hour without disrupting the operation of the Nurse’s Office. If the student cannot return to the class, the nurses inform the parents, who must collect their child within one hour, for the well-being of the student and the operation of the school. If the parents cannot be contacted, the Institut takes all necessary measures, in particular by organising an emergency appointment with our local doctor or a duty doctor. Sometimes parents may ask for medication to be given at lunchtime. The medication is then kept in the fridge at the Nurse’s Office. Parents absolutely must provide a prescription, without which the nurses may not give any treatment.