Nurse News – Tips to help sleep

A good night’s sleep is especially important because it helps improve concentration and memory formation. It allows your body to repair any cell damage that occurred during the day, and refreshes your immune system, which in turn helps to prevent disease. People who don’t sleep well are more likely to suffer from depression, attention and memory problems, excessive daytime sleepiness, and it can lead to serious health problems, including an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, weight problems, and breast cancer in women. Sleep is just as important to our physical and emotional health whether we are children or adults.

Waking up in the middle of the night is called insomnia, and it’s a common problem. Mid-sleep awakenings often occur during periods of stress. Over-the-counter sleep aids rarely offer significant or sustained help for this problem. Rest with some good sleep habits can help you catch more ZZZs and stay asleep through the night. Try some of these strategies to relieve insomnia. See attached for some sleep tips… Tips to Try if Insomnia Strikes

DEA National Drug Take Back Campaign – Oct 27

Hello Steller Community,

It is time for DEA’s National Drug Take Back – 
Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends. You could be a drug dealer and not even now it.

  • Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.
  • Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription of a doctor’s supervision.
  • The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
  • The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends – and the home medicine cabinet.
  • Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply.
  • Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs. But if a program is not available:
    • Take the meds out of their bottles;
    • Mix them with something unappealing like used kitty litter or coffee grounds;
    • Seal them in a bag or disposable container, and throw that away.
  • For more information on prescription drug abuse, go to:

Below are Prescription Drug Take Back locations in your community: Find site locations

Be safe and not sorry, have a great week.
Nurse Annette

Nurse’s News

Hello and welcome to a new school year at Steller Secondary. The nurse’s office is working to keep students’ medical history and shot records up to date to stay in compliance with the State of Alaska’s requirements and provide safe care to students.

Please update your student’s medical health history records yearly and as necessary. By updating their medical history your child can continue to receive the best nursing care.

If you have completed any medical forms during online registration, please print and bring them in to the nurse’s office, as I do not have access to print these completed online forms.

Immunizations Due – Some students will need an immunization booster shot prior to starting school and during the school year. The immunization must be administered and documentation provided to the nurse prior to attending classes. The State of Alaska has a strict “NO SHOT, NO SCHOOL” policy…. [read more – Nurse’s News-Aug2017.pdf]

Save the Date…Blood Drive January 9

blood-drop-iconSteller is hosting its annual Blood Drive on Friday, January 9, 2015. Appointment times are from 8 4 p.m.

• Donors must be at least 16 years old
• Weigh at least 113 pounds.
• Provide photo ID
• Students under 18 must have a parental consent form signed
• Be in good health
Staff and parents are encouraged to come by and donate as well!
If you are a student under 18 planning to donate blood, then fill out the consent form below. If you are a parent, staff member or student 18 years old who is interested in donating blood then provide your name and phone number on either interest sheet posted on the white board and the Be The Change board.
Parental Consent Form
Donator Guidelines

Flu Vaccination Consent Form

Parents, for your convenience, here is a link to the consent form which you may print and complete before your student’s conference, but please do not drop off at the office or send in with your student. I would like to take a few moments to go over the form with you in person for accuracy.
14-15 Flu_Vaccine_Consent Form
Thank you for your time and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Annette Johansen, RN