Meet the Nurse
Ms. Melissa Peters, RN, MS
Office Hours: 8:00-3:30
Hello Hanna families, and Welcome to the Hanna Woods Nurse Page!
Hi, my name is Melissa Peters, and I’m the School Nurse at Hanna Woods Elementary. This marks my tenth year as a School Nurse, a profession I have thoroughly enjoyed. Prior to School Nursing, I worked in Utilization Review for an insurance company and as a Patient Access Nurse reviewing Medicare patients for a local hospital. I’ve also taught clinical Nursing, and was a Charge Nurse on a Cardiac Progressive Unit in Georgia. I grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and obtained my Nursing degree at the University of Iowa, College of Nursing. Throughout the years, my husband and growing family and I moved to several states. I obtained my Graduate degree in Health Services Administration from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY.
My Personal Mission Statement as a School Nurse is to bring my best each day that I enter Hanna Woods. My “best” means that I will have cared for myself, so that I am able to care for students and staff. I support the mission of the School District, and I will ensure that I assist each student and staff member to reach their own personal best in the care of him/herself. I will aim to help each student and staff member learn how to make informed, confident decisions regarding their health. Because I truly care about each student and staff member at Hanna Woods, I am a grateful recipient of the Parkway Cares award. Working in Education, an aura surrounds a person – that of continued learning. I too, believe this is very important, not only for myself, but for professional purposes, so that I can then lend what I have learned to others, so they can better care for themselves.
Cough Drops at School
Medication at School
For the Elementary-aged student, all medications must be given by the School Nurse, or a trained Parkway Employee in the absence of the Nurse. If a medication cannot be given at home before the school day, or after the student is home, it can be given at school, with orders from the student's doctor.
Parkway's Medication Policy:
Please see the forms below regarding medication at school, dependent upon what your student's needs may be. (Please copy/paste the links in a browser to access each form.)
*Authorization to Administer Medication at School - this is the form that will need to be completed for any medication that is to be given at school, including daily medications, inhalers, epinephrine, diastat, insulin or other diabetic medication, or if a medication is to be kept at school in the case a student should need it (for example a student with the diagnosis of migraine headaches, needing tylenol or ibuprofen on occasion). If a student has an order to self-carry an inhaler or epinephrine, you will not need this form in addition.
*Authorization to give a Short-Term Medication at School - for instance, your student has been diagnosed with a bacterial infection, requiring medication to be given throughout the day, at home and at school, for a short time (this is for five days or less). This could also mean cough drops (the student would need to stay in the presence of the Nurse until it has dissolved).
*Allergy Action Plan - if your student has a Food Allergy, and may require the use of the life saving medication Epinephrine, please have this form completed by his/her doctor:
*Permission to carry Epinephrine - as we are currently in a Pandemic with COVID-19, if you choose as the Parent/Guardian for your student to carry Epinephrine in his/her backpack, you could use this link to print the form. (This would ensure you have easier access to this medication in the event the school would need to close due to wide-spread illness.) Please understand that this would be not be encouraged for younger children, or those you feel may not understand the responsiblity of carrying this on his/her person - it would need to be kept in the backpack at all times, and not removed. The School Nurse and Staff would be alerted that a student had this order on file, and had his/her Epinephrine in the backpack, to use in case of an emergency.
*Asthma Action Plan - if your student has Asthma, and will be needing to use an inhaler while at school, please have this form completed by his/her doctor (or the doctor's personal preference is fine, but will look similar to this form):
*Permission to carry Inhaler - as we are currently in a Pandemic with COVID-19, if you choose as the Parent/Guardian for your student to carry an Inhaler in his/her backpack, you could use this link to print the form. (This would ensure you have easier access to this medication in the event the school would need to close due to wide-spread illness.)
*Diabetes Medical Management Plan:
*Exchange of Information - It may be necessary for the School Nurse, or other Staff at school to have communication with a doctor, or another provider outside of the school setting. Please complete this form in that event, as necessary.
*Seizure Action Plan:
School Illness Policy
For the health of your child, other students, and school staff, it is important to know when your child should stay home due to illness. Students should stay home if they have had any of the following symptoms:
- fever of 100.4 or higher in the past 24 hours
- undiagnosed rash that is accompanied by fever or itching
- bad cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours
- sore throat, with fever or swollen glands in the neck
- loss of sense of smell or taste
- symptoms of being sick such as being unusually tired, fussy, pale or had difficulty waking
If your child has strep throat or another bacterial infection, he/she should stay home until the antibiotic has been given for at least 24 hours and your health care provider has given permission for your child to return to school. We encourage you to seek medical attention when your child is sick and to follow your health care provider's recommendations about returning to school and other social activities.