PJHS Health

Welcome to Portales Jr. High

Hi, my name is Elva Gloyna, I've been a Registered Nurse since 1993 and the school nurse at the Jr. High since 2014. 

Elva L. Gloyna, RN
Portales Jr. High School Nurse
(575) 356-7045
[email protected]

A little about the role of the school nurse...

In New Mexico, the school nurse is a registered professional nurse certified with the New Mexico Department of Education.  The school nurse strengthens and facilitates the educational process by improving and protecting the health status of children.  The major focus of school nursing services is the prevention and treatment of illness and disability, and the early detection and correction of health problems. The school nurse is uniquely qualified and knowledgeable in preventive health, health assessment and referral procedures.

On any given day, you will find the school nurse:

•  Assessing and following up on acute and chronic health issues
•  Screening students vision, height, weight and hearing
•  Coordinating and administering medications to students
•  Tracking immunizations
•  Managing communicable diseases for the school
•  Writing and revising school health policies to reflect best evidence-based nursing practice
•  Managing medical emergencies at the school
•  Educating staff (e.g. training staff regarding student's health issues and educating staff on OSHA blood borne pathogen requirements).
•  Coordinating and collaborating with parents, community health provider and others, relating to the 
    above functions.

We ask that you please keep us updated on any changes in your child's medical condition throughout the school year so that we may keep our students as safe and as healthy as possible while at school.  These changes could include, but are not limited to new or discontinued medications, a newly diagnosed medical condition, a temporary change in your child's health status (i.e. broken bones, surgery, recovery from surgery, etc.), hospitalizations, illnesses or any other information you think might be helpful for us to know.

Students who become ill during the school day will be assessed by the school nurse and receive appropriate care and supervision in the nurse's office.  The school nurse will dismiss the student only after a parent or other responsible adult listed on the Emergency Information Sheet has been contacted.

Fever:  Defined as having an oral temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher.
Diarrhea:  Frequent passage of watery, loose bowel movements.
Vomiting:  More than one time in the last 12-24 hours.
Nasal Discharge:  Green mucous accompanied by a fever.
Severe Coughing:  Persistent coughing causing child to not be able to concentrate on work.
Sore Throat:  If accompanied by a fever or if child is unable to swallow or eat.
Ear Ache:  If accompanied by a fever or if child is in moderate to severe pain.
Possible Pink Eye/Conjunctivitis:  Red eye with mucous drainage.  If conjunctivitis is confirmed students need to be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.
Rash:  Unexplained rash with fever or if rash is open and draining.  Child can return to school once a physician has determined the illness is not contagious and fever is gone.
Strep Throat:  Need to be fever-free and on antibiotics for 24 hours.

Medication Guidelines for Parents:

1.  Medication will be sent in the original bottle.

2.  Written instructions with the following information:
     a.  Name of Child
     b.  Name of Medication
     c.  Reason for Medication
     d.  Dosage
     e.  Time to be Administered
     f.  Possible Side Effects
3.  Parents will provide a signed consent/order from the prescribing physician.

4.  Parents will also sign the consent/order providing informed consent.

5.  Parents must bring medication to the health office.

6.  Parents will be responsible for informing the school nurse of any medication change.

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