Nurse's NotesNurse's Letter
As the Nursing Supervisor / School Nurse for the Brownstown Central Community School Corporation, I am eager to continue to provide excellent nursing services to all of the students within our school corporation. I am very excited about partnering with you to promote your child’s safety, health, well being, and health knowledge. I have been a Registered Nurse for 31 years and I have been practicing in the field of school nursing for the past ten years. In addition to my nursing license, I am also licensed by the Indiana Department of Education School Services as a School Nurse. I am also Nationally Certified in School Nursing by the National Board for Certification of School Nurses.
By working from a health care professional’s perspective, I hope to help you, the teachers, and our students achieve their educational goals. Healthy students learn better and schools are able to meet their academic goals only when students are healthy.
My expectation for myself is to provide your child with excellent nursing care. For chronic conditions, I hope to assist your child's health care team in disease management while at school and help promote your child’s independence. For acute conditions, I follow evidence-based guidelines and put the safety of your child, the other students, and staff as my main priority.
My expectation of you (parent/guardian) is to stay in communication with me if you have specific concerns or questions regarding your child's health related issues and school management. I would be very willing to listen to any legitimate concerns and partner with you in developing a better understanding and/or a plan for your child’s individualized health needs.
IPlease reference the practical health services information tools and corporation forms at the left as your needs and questions arise. If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Joyce E. McKinney BSN RN NCSN
School Nurse / Nursing Supervisor
Pre K - Grade 12
Back to School Tips
Back, neck, shoulder complaints, and headaches may be precipitated by the improper use of backpacks by students. Physical problems often arise because students wear them improperly and carry more than the recommended weight for their body size.
Recommendations for safe backpack use:
- A student should not carry a backpack that weighs greater than 15% of his or her body weight. Match the size of the backpack to the size of the student.
- Select a style that has two wide, padded shoulders straps and encourage your child to use both of the straps.
- Lighten the load whenever possible.
- Backpacks with wheels are not allowed at BCCSC without a written doctor's order.