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Ann Stillwater, M. Ed. RN CSN

School Nurse

astillwater@casa-arts.org

Phone: 717-732-8450, ext. 7512
Fax: 717-732-8451

EDUCATION:

Bachelor's of Art, Colby College

Associate Degree in Nursing, Moorpark College

OH School Nurse Certification, University of Akron

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Penn State University Middletown Campus

PA School Nurse Certification, La Roche College

Master's of Education in School Nursing, Cambridge College.

Nurse Stillwater has been at CASA for 4 years. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Her family includes her spouse (JD), two competent, caring adult kids who live out-of-state, a son-in-law, and a “granddogger”. Nurse Stillwater enjoys exploring new places, cooking, finding great deals on healthy foods, personal growth, walking, swimming, science, and connecting to and learning about nature. 

What brought you to CASA?

The opportunity to help students pursue their passions inspires and enriches me!   

 

Where did you work and what was your role prior to coming to CASA?

I have been a certified school nurse at several schools, most recently in the Elizabethtown Area School District. 

 

What is your favorite part of working at CASA?

Our students are caring, creative individuals and I love connecting with them. An added bonus is when students play music at lunch time! 

 

What is your connection to the arts? How are you an artist?

I was a thespian during high school and college. Writing helps me make sense of myself and the world, and I am proud to have been published in a peer-reviewed journal. That article was about second victims, to help health care workers recover after things have not gone as planned. Another form of artistry is my cooking and baking, especially for people with special diets.

What do you feel is your impact on our school community, students, and culture?

By caring about the whole person, not just the physical body, I help students cope with current challenges, as well as preparing them to become healthy adults.  Recently, I have become more aware that all of us have been affected by trauma.  Learning about our responses to trauma helps us to deal with it more effectively.  Normalizing these feelings helps our community to be stronger and healthier. 

What advice do you have for our students?

Remember, you are strong and smart!! If you are not feeling that way, please talk to a trusted adult. Oh, and healthy sleep, food, hydration, exercise, and acceptance of our feelings, enables all of us to pursue our passions more fully!

Do you advise any clubs at CASA?

I am proud to advise The Caring Team, which organizes the annual Children's Grief Awareness Day observance, as well as other events to help the CASA community become more sensitive and caring. 

Fun facts about Nurse Stillwater:

I have a hard time walking past plastic litter, historical markers, or spotted lanternflies.  

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School Health Information

Nurse Stillwater will work with the student and family to ensure that medical needs are met at school, to maximize student health, resiliency, and educational time.


The work day is 7:30 AM-3:30 PM, and Nurse Stillwater is most likely to be available for phone calls 8:00-10:00 AM and 12:45-2:45 PM.  Feel free to call anytime and leave a message. Substitute nurses are often at school only over lunch time.  

Please complete the "Before School Screening Checklist" with your student daily, the evening or morning before they come to school. As the checklist explains, keep students home if they have new symptoms that might be COVID.

 

Medications at School

If your student needs prescription or regular use of an over-the-counter medicine at school, have their health care provider complete the physician medication order form, found here and on the Resources page of the website.  A new form is required each school year or anytime there is a change or discontinuation of the medication. We implemented standing orders in the 2021-22 school year. The parent/guardian signature on the Annual Health Update and Standing Order Medication Authorization form is needed to authorize occasional use of certain over-the-counter medications at school, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.  A new form must be completed every school year. 

The State of Pennsylvania 11th grade Physical Exam and 12th grade Immunization requirements

11th grade -a physical examination is required for all 11th grade students. Copies of physicals done within one year prior to a student’s entry into 11th grade count. This means that 10th grade students can get a print-out of physicals done during 10th grade. If your student plans to get a driver's license learner's permit, PennDot requires a physical. You can ask the health care provider for two copies to be printed. If insurance coverage is an issue, please contact me for assistance. 


12th grade -a meningitis vaccine is required BEFORE THE START of the school year, after the student is 16 years old. These are usually given at the 11th grade physical.


The Physical Examination Form for 11 Grade Students should only be used if your provider cannot print out a physical. If the form is used, please ask them to write all diagnoses. Be sure your child's health issues and medications are included in the print-out. It is wise to keep copies of medical paperwork at home.


Illness during the school day


Students who are ill and wish to go home must go through the nurse. If your student calls, please contact the nurse before having someone pick up your student.

 

Keep the School Informed 


Your student’s health and safety are very important to the entire CASA community. We request that parents/guardians call, email, or visit the nursing office to report and discuss student health concerns. When the nurse is informed about a student's injury, illness, hospitalization, or surgery, it facilitates a smooth transition back to school.


Please also inform the nurse of any life-threatening allergies, new medical diagnoses and serious conditions or injuries such as a sprain/broken bone that requires the use of crutches, the elevator or other mobility assistance. We ask for a doctor's note for use of crutches, the elevator, and the other issues listed above.  

 
If your student, or a close contact, has suspected or confirmed COVID-19, lice, ringworm, impetigo, conjunctivitis (pink eye), scabies, chicken pox, mumps, measles, influenza or another serious or vaccine-preventable disease, please notify Nurse Stillwater. 


Concussions:  If your student sustains a concussion, please obtain a note from the health care provider that states a diagnosis of concussion. There are accommodations that are made for students as they recover. If recovery takes more than a month, the state’s Brain Steps specialist can be consulted for additional assistance.