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Medical In-Service in RhinelanderSubmitted: 08/21/2014

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RHINELANDER - Classroom aids and school secretaries need to know how to do basic first aid.

That's because the School District of Rhinelander only has one nurse. And, it's difficult for her to help everyone in case of an emergency.


At the start of each school year, school district nurse Kerri Schmidt organizes a medical in-service. She teaches secretaries and classroom aids to give medication to students safely.

"It's important to review our medication policy, how to take in prescription medications, how to count them, how to safe guard them, how to make sure that the right student gets the right medication at the right time," said School District of Rhinelander nurse Kerri Schmidt.

They talk about more than just medications.

"We talk about a lot of real practical day to day events that I can't do my job without the assistance of every one of these people that's here today. We make a great team, we work together, all for the wellness of children," said Schmidt.

Secretaries and aids learned about chronic health issues some students could have.

They also learned how to give first aid, what to do in case a student has a seizure, and how to deal with things like a flu outbreak.

With just one nurse for the district, it is important to have an emergency action plan.

"They know when to call, they know when to dial 9-1-1, they know when to contact me. We really have a great team effort that we utilize to help safe guard our children at school," said Schmidt.

Schmidt works closely with the Department of Public Instruction guidelines to keep children safe at school.

"We follow closely with the DPI guidelines and statutory law on what we need to do to keep children safe at school," said Schmidt.

She believes the medical in-service will help keep the students healthy.


Story By: Jeanine Ilacqua

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