Sharon  Hughes
School Nurse

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School Nurse


Sharon Hughes, RN, BSN

shughes@gcsd.k12.sc.us

(843) 237-4233

 

Welcome to Waccamaw Elementary, and the school nurse's office.  I'm known around WES as "Nurse Sharon".

I was born in Anchorage, Alaska, where my dad worked for the United States Public Health Service.  When I was 5 years old, we moved all the way to "LA", also known as "Lower Alabama".  I lived on Dauphin Island, and in the lovely city of Mobile.  I am a graduate of Mobile College with an AS degree in Nursing, and the University of South Alabama with a BS degree in Nursing. I have been a nurse for 35 years, and love it still.  Prior to coming to Waccamaw Elementary, in 2008, I worked in Cardiac Intensive Care, and Nursing Education.

International Paper moved us here in 2001.  I have 2 daughters, Laura and Kelly, and a sweet miniature poodle named Phoebe.

When not at school, I love to ride bikes, walk on the beach, read, and do crafts.  I absolutely love college football, and am a huge fan of the Auburn Tigers.  War Eagle, Y'all!!

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When should you keep your child home from school???

Click here to find out:

            English:  http://www.scdhec.gov/library/CR-010752.pdf

            Spanish:  http://www.scdhec.gov/library/CR-010753.pdf

 

Excellent communication is a very important factor in keeping our students healthy and safe.  If your child is home for an illness, especially highly contagious illnesses such as strep throat, stomach virus, or the flu, please let the school nurse know.  Also, if you are treating your child for head lice, it is important for the school nurse to be aware.  Please call the school nurse at 843-237-4233, or email shughes@gcsd.k12.sc.us.  All discussions of illness, head lice, etc., are confidential. 

 

Medication Guidelines 

School Administration of Prescribed Medication

Prescription medications are medicines that require a written prescription from a physician or other health care practitioner.  In order for a student to be given a prescription medication during school hours, the student’s physician and parent/guardian must sign a permission form.  This form may be obtained from the school nurse. 

Your child’s physician may have already provided you with this form, or may have given you a similar form at their office.  This form must be on file at the school.  If this form wasn’t given to you at the physician office, you will be asked to complete and sign the form at school, and the school nurse will fax the form to the physician’s office for approval. 

All prescription medications are to be delivered to the school by a responsible adult.  The medication must be in the original container with the pharmacy label attached.  When filling the prescription, ask the pharmacy for a bottle for use at school, and the pharmacy will provide an extra bottle with prescription label. 

School Administration of Non-Prescription Medication 

Non-prescription medications do not require a physician’s approval.  These medications are often referred to as “over-the-counter” medications, or “OTC” medications.  In order for a student to be given OTC medications during school hours, the student’s parent/guardian must sign a permission form.  Physician approval is not required for OTC medications. 

Any OTC medications needed are to be delivered to the school by a responsible adult.  The school does not keep any over-the-counter medications in stock for student use.  The medication must be in the original container with the product label intact.  Over-the-counter medications can only be administered as indicated on the product label. 

 

In School Dental Program 

South Carolina Dental Screening Associates (SCDSA), are licensed dentists, dental hygienists and assistants who go into schools and other facilities throughout SC to provide dental services to children ages 1-19.

Parents do not have to miss work and students do not have to leave school, so routine dental care is easily managed by this program.  SCDSA provides oral health education and dental services such as screenings, exams, x-rays, fluoride treatments, cleaning and sealants, in our school.  The dentists can provide, if needed, fillings, extractions, stainless steel crown and space maintainers, as needed. 

Parental permission is needed for any dental services.  Forms are available in the nurse’s office.  You can also call SCDSA (Classy Smiles) at 843-957-0001, for more information.

 

 Healthy Learners

Healthy Learners is a faith based non-profit that connects children to care so that poor health is not an obstacle to doing well in school.  Healthy Learners serves child development, elementary, middle and high school age children who are in need and without resources in the Georgetown County School District.  They serve children from families who do not have private health insurance and who need help in obtaining appropriate health care. Healthy Learners also serves children with Medicaid coverage but who need help with accessing care such as transportation or care coordination.  For more information, call the school nurse, 843-237-4233, of Healthy Learners – Georgetown, 843-436-7020. 

 

St. Christopher’s Children

St. Christopher’s Children is another faith based non-profit located in Georgetown County.  They provide basic clothing to students whose families cannot afford to purchase clothing items.  Undergarments, shirts, pants, shorts, socks, shoes, belts, and pajamas are all included.  St. Christopher’s also assists in providing basic medical care to children who are not Medicaid eligible.  For more information, call the school nurse at 843-237-4233.

 

Christmas Angels 

Waccamaw Elementary is very fortunate to partner with area churches, businesses and civic organizations to provide Christmas gifts to students who otherwise would not receive gifts during this special season.  For more information, call the school nurse at 843-237-4233.  All requests must be received by the nurse by the 2nd week of November.

 

Vision and Hearing Screenings

Waccamaw Elementary follows the SCDHEC guidelines for Vision and Hearing Screenings for our students.  We partner with HGTC Senior Nursing Students who assist in the screenings.  If your child has been screened, and areas of concern are identified, the school nurse will contact the parents/guardians to discuss the results and recommendations.