Terry Woodall

Welcome! Let me tell you a little bit about myself...

I am a graduate of the University of Washington School of Nursing. I have been the lead nurse for the Dieringer School District since October 2005. I was a school nurse in the Federal Way School District from 1993-2000, and an allergy/asthma nurse for 18 years.

I am married and have three grown children.

What does a school nurse do?
School districts are protecting the health of children by providing a school nurse.
Healthy children can learn. Unhealthy children often cannot.

I am a certificated school nurse, which means I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing as well as specialized training in caring for school populations. As the Registered Nurse for the district, I am in each building 1-2 days per week. I care for your students both as individuals and as a whole. My role includes:

-Assessment of students with chronic health conditions such as asthma and diabetes. A plan of care is created for each of these students and school staff is trained on how to care for them.

-Assessment of temporary health conditions which affect learning, such as extended illness or injury recovery.

-Supervision and training of medical procedures such as tube feedings, blood sugar monitoring, and inhaler use.

-Supervision and administration of prescribed and non prescribed (over-the-counter) medications.

-Care of students who become ill or injured during the school day.

-Community health protection by ensuring immunizations are up to date. Assessment of community health via absence rates and reasons for absence.

-Screening of students for vision and hearing deficits. For our all-school screenings, we now use the Plus Optix vision screener, which checks for nearsightedness, farsightedness, unequal vision in each eye, and astigmatism. 

-Education of staff, students, and families about health problems, health promotion, and self care.

-Providing students and families with information about community resources: social, economic, physical, and emotional.

-Helping to accommodate students with special health needs within the school environment.

At the Dieringer School District, we employ two school-specific Registered Nurses; Mary Aspelund, R.N. at Lake Tapps Elementary and Kathleen Miele, R.N. at Dieringer Heights Elementary. In addition, we employ two wonderful Health Technicians; Rebecca Gerspacher at Dieringer Heights Elementary and Kristin Liedtke at North Tapps Middle School. Health Technicians are certified in CPR/First aid and are trained by the district Registered Nurse in how to safely administer medications, follow care plans, and care for students who are ill or injured.
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