Nurse: Reyna Maher
Welcome to the Hiawatha Health Office: My name is Reyna Maher. The students typically call me "Nurse Reyna". I am a registered nurse (RN). I have been the school nurse at Hiawatha Elementary School over the past several years. Prior to my work at Hiawatha, I was an intensive care nurse. I have a unique blend of acute, chronic, and public health skills that lead to my work here at Hiawatha. I feel so fortunate to be able to work with our students, their families, and our community. Please feel free to phone me or email me with any questions or concerns you may have about the health and wellness of your student or our Hiawatha community. Thank you!
Hours: The health office is staffed daily, during school hours.
The role of the school nurse: To promote each child’s health and development, to serve as a resource for children and their families, and to help facilitate a healthy and safe school environment.
Reyna Maher, BSN, RN
Third Grade Field TripPosted by Reyna Maher at 10/13/2017 10:30:00 AM
The view from the top of Snake Mountain. Third graders (and their parents) hiked to the top of the mountain and then lunched with a fair number of bees.
Say "BOO" to the FluPosted by Reyna Maher at 10/9/2017 12:50:00 PM
It’s flu season, and school is a place where germs are shared generously among students, teachers and school staff. The single best way to protect your entire family against flu is for all people aged six months and older to get an influenza vaccine each year. Young children are among those at higher risk of flu complications. Every year thousands of children younger than age five are hospitalized because of flu illness, and while it is rare, some children die from flu each year. A recent study published in the medical journal Pediatrics is the first of its kind to show that flu vaccination significantly reduced a child’s risk of dying from the illness. The study looked at data from four flu seasons between 2010 and 2014, and found that flu vaccination reduced the risk of flu-associated death by nearly two-thirds (65 percent) among healthy children, and by half (51 percent) among children with underlying high-risk medical conditions. Therefore, children, parents and school staff should be vaccinated in the Fall, preferably by the end of October because it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against flu.
It is especially important for household contacts and caregivers of those with a higher risk for flu-related complications (children <5 years and adults ≥ 50 years) to be vaccinated. In addition to the flu shot, you can encourage the following precautions to help stop the spread of germs:
- Keep kids home when they’re sick. And try to avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve, not your hands.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
Both children and adults can get vaccinated at their health care providers’ office. Adults can also be vaccinated at public clinics (check the schedule for a clinic near you) or at pharmacies around the state.