The school nurse’s office is centrally located on the first floor of the school. A Registered Nurse staffs the office Monday thru Friday 8:00am -4:30pm year round.
Jocelyn R. Pardi RN, BS has been the school nurse at Coltsville since 2005. She has a diverse background in nursing including Emergency Department at a level I trauma center, Administration as an in-house supervisor and Women’s Health Care. She co-teaches staff for CPR, First Aid and AED as a registered Red Cross instructor. Jocelyn has been an active member on the Coltsville Safety Committee as well as the CREC-wide Safety Committee since starting in 2005. She is the co-editor for the “Nurse’s Newsletter” which is distributed to all CREC families quarterly.
Each student has an individual plan of care in his or her school health record. The school nurse is one member of the team if fine individuals that work together with parents as “the team”. The team consists of not only the parents, nurse, teacher and behavior analyst, but also OT, PT, SLP and Clinical Director. As part of the team the nurse looks carefully at the continued health and safety of each student.
The school nurse records all medications given to students at home and at school. Medications include those prescribed by a physician, over-the-counter, vitamins, supplements and herbal remedies. CREC follows the state guidelines in the safe handling, administration and documentation of medications. (For more information please contact the school nurse directly).
Emergency Care Plans:
Individualized emergency care plans are created as a team for students with existing medical conditions that may require emergency medications, treatments or hospital transports. This includes students with Life Threatening Food Allergies.
Health Desensitization Programs:
Many children with ASD have phobic reactions to medical and dental procedures. For these children, the Behavior Analyst and Nurse develop a specialized systematic desensitization program. The school nurse has a designated “exam room” which has been designed to create an atmosphere similar to the clinical exam rooms that may be used by health professionals in the community. The room also has a functioning dental chair for student use. Individualized programs are created to help students tolerate visits to the doctor or dentist by including assessments of: pulse, blood pressure, heart and lung auscultation with a stethoscope, ear checks, temperature checks, dental tools and nail trimmers to name a few. The behavior analyst creates the programs on an individualized need and tolerance level.
Jocelyn R. Pardi RN, BS
(860) 727-8481 ext. 3806