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Health Expectation                    Nurse's Notes           nurse


Denise Buffin, RN, MEd, MSN

302 -762-7040 (FAX)

Welcome to the nurse's office!  Please check back often for updates and information.

School Nurse Day is Wednesday, May 10, 2017Pump me up


The National Association of School Nurses has proclaimed May 10, 2017, as National School Nurse Day.  School nurses play a significant role in improving the health and well-being of students in collaboration with families, schools and communities.  The education and skills school nurses bring to the education setting allow them to recognize a potential emergency and take steps to prevent exacerbation of an illness or injury.  As first responders in the school setting, school nurses become “first doers” providing the emergency care needed for the health and safety of students and staff.      

School nurses follow best practice to evaluate and manage an illness or injury which often allows students to remain in school and in the classroom learning.  They are the link between health and education, managing care for students with chronic conditions and coordinating the care between school, home and the community provider so students can safely remain in the classroom. 

In addition to managing the health care needs of our students, school nurses recognize the importance of lifelong health and well-being.  School nurses visit classrooms and participate in school and district committees, bringing their expertise and experience to create a “culture of health” in the school community.

            School Nurse Day is an opportunity to celebrate the vital work of school nurses in the Brandywine School District.   Thank you to the Brandywine School District nurses for your dedication to the health and academic success of our students.  


 Artwork courtesy of Mr. Milton Downing's students at Hanby Elementary.

February 13, 2017
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The Flu has reared its ugly head!   Several parents have reported that their child has tested positive for the flu.  Please encourage your children to cough into their elbows, wash their hands for at least 20 seconds (alphabet song, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star), rub hands until dry when using hand sanitizer (friction is what kills the germs, more than soap or hand sanitizer).  The Centers for Disease Control recommend that students who have a fever must stay home until fever-free without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours.  The flu vaccine is highly recommended and still available.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
January 26, 2017
Well, the yearly stomach bug has returned!  Students suddenly develop stomach pain and will begin vomiting within about 30 minutes.  The children seem to be sick with this for about a day.  Adults have been sick for much longer.  To prevent spreading or catching this virus, please wash your hands often for 20 minutes using soap and water (hand sanitizer may be used if that is not available):
  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage
August 24, 2016
Welcome to the 2016/2017 school year!  I look forward to working with you and your children!  You are welcome to contact me anytime with questions, concerns or health updates about your child.   

Nemours CareConnect is Now Available in FL, DE and PA

Sign up in May for a Chance to Win an iPad


We have great news! Nemours CareConnect, our Telehealth service, is now available to families in Florida, Delaware and Pennsylvania for on-demand access to Nemours pediatricians every day, 24/7 with a face-to-face video call. It?s ideal for those times when families and care givers have questions or concerns about their child?s health and can?t get to their doctor. Using CareConnect may help to avoid a trip to the Emergency Department or an Urgent Care center. 

Associates who live in FL, DE and PA are encouraged to sign up now. It only takes a few minutes. Simply download the Nemours CareConnect app from the Apple Store or Google Play, or visit to learn more and download the app.

Wait?you don?t have kids? That?s okay. Sign yourself up to become familiar with the program so that you can recommend it to families. Associates who sign up before the end of May will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win an iPad. (One winner will be selected in Florida and one in the Delaware Valley.)

Nemours CareConnect doesn?t replace a child?s regular doctor, but it does help to give peace of mind to families who can?t get to the doctor right away. Help us to spread the word about this exciting new service.

?        It?s convenient. See and talk live with one of our Nemours providers from the comfort of your home and they can call in a prescription, if needed. 

?        It?s available to all families, not only current Nemours patients.

?       It?s easy. Families connect via secure video on a computer, tablet or Smartphone. (Yes, there?s an app for that!)

?       It?s affordable.

Associates pay only $15 with the Nemours Bridge Plan.

Consumers pay only $49 with or without a health plan, except in Delaware where co-pays may apply.


Sign up today and be ready to connect quickly, if and when you need us.



Last Modified on May 1, 2017