• Welcome to the Redington
     
    Nurse Office!
     
    Nurse Allen
     
     "Make a healthy choice today that your future self will thank you for." 
     
    Hi! I'm Nurse Allen, a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing and currently in my 16th year as a registered nurse. I worked for 7 years in maternal-child health at Providence Alaska Medical Center and Mat-Su Regional Medical Center before discovering the joys of school nursing. I thoroughly enjoy caring for the health of middle and high school students so they can make the very best of their education. I am here to support student learning, promote student health, and coordinate the care of health needs, whether acute or chronic. Please feel free to call, email or stop by. 
     
    COVID-19 Information and Resources for Students and Families:

    If you or a family member has symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever (temperature above 100.3F), chills, cough and/or shortness of breath, contact your primary care provider by phone first rather than presenting to an emergency room, urgent care or clinic. See this CDC link for further guidelines on seeking care for COVID-19 symptoms https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html.

     

    Social distancing is very important right now for everyone to abide by to prevent transmission of COVID-19. Socially distancing yourself by at least 6 feet when around others in the community, practicing good hand washing, sanitizing surfaces and only leaving your residence when it is essential are very important measures for reducing the spread of COVID-19. Please see this link https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html for current guidelines for protecting yourself and your family.

     

    Alaska 211 is available if you are in need of resources such as food, shelter, transportation or have other needs that arise. Dial 2-1-1 to be linked with resources. The 211 website may work best if phone lines are busy and is linked here: https://alaska211.org/. The United Way Resource Guide is also linked here for additional resource information: http://unitedwaymatsu.org/our-work/resource-guide/.

     

    For mental health crisis contact the 24/7 Careline at 1-877-266-HELP or the Mat-Su Health Services 24/7 crisis line at 376-2411.

     

    There is also a 24-hour Nurse Advice Line open to the public for health concerns related to COVID-19, to access the 24 hour nurse line call 907-212-6183. You are always welcome to reach out to me as well at 864-5405 or by email at crystal.allen@matsuk12.us.

     

    The school district is distributing breakfast and lunch packs to all students 18 years of age and under at Redington Jr/Sr High between 10am-2pm Monday-Friday. Students must be present to receive food. If you have difficulties with transportation that prevent you from being able to get to this food distribution, please notify me by phone or email. Kids Kupboard is also offering free meals to all youth ages 18 and under, see their website here for times and locations: https://www.kidskupboard.org/. As of March 19th, 2020 they are serving meals from 1:30-2pm at Goose Bay Elementary Monday-Friday. 

     

    It is recommended that those who have not yet received the seasonal flu vaccine have it administered. Flu season typically runs from October through May and this recommendation is to prevent further burden on the health care system and potentially decrease the severity of illness should you become sick. It is recommended that you call ahead to the Mat-Su Public Health Center (p. 352-6600) or your preferred provider to obtain the flu vaccine. Mat-Su Public Health currently has flu vaccine in stock and it is available at no cost to the public as of March 2020. For more information on the flu vaccine see this link: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.pdf or talk with your health care provider.

     

    Many local pharmacies are starting to offer home delivery of some prescription medications. Consider this as an option for local Rx refills before visiting pharmacies in person.

     

    Handwashing is a big deal for keeping healthy! Here are some points to review with your student(s) as you discuss handwashing at home:

    • First, rinse hands with water (either cold or warm water both work equally well)
    • Apply soap and lather for 20 seconds, the time it takes to sing the Happy Birthday Song or Baby Shark twice. The water does not need to be running the whole time, it is the lather and scrubbing that is important!
    • Don’t forget to scrub fingernails, thumbs, in between fingers, back of hands and wrists.
    • Rinse well with water with fingertips pointed downward under the stream of water.
    • Dry with a clean towel, paper towel, or air dryer, taking care to use a paper towel if one is available to turn off faucet and open the door handle.

    When to wash your hands:

    • Before and after eating
    • After using the bathroom
    • Before and after touching your face
    • After blowing your nose
    • If your hands are visibly dirty
    • After caring for a wound (scrape, cut, nosebleed etc.)
    • After playing with pets or being around animals
    • Before, during and after preparing food
    • After touching surfaces that are regularly used by others, like door handles, keyboards, phones, tech devices and shared items

    Other Points:

    • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue, not your hands
    • Hand sanitizer is great to use if your hands are not visibly dirty. Rub hands thoroughly and allow to air dry. It is a general rule to wash your hands with soap and water after using hand sanitizer 5 times in a row.
     
    School Health Reminders:
    • Per School Board policy please do not send medications to school with your student (this includes everything from cough drops and beyond).
    • All medication must be delivered by a parent/guardian or their adult designee in the original packaging. Prescription medications must have a current prescription label attached.
    • Over-the-Counter medications that are permitted to be administered in the school setting include Tylenol(acetaminophen), Motrin(ibuprofen), Benadryl(diphenhydramine), dramamine, lactase, tums and cough drops. Any other OTC medications may only be given with a prescriptive note from a Health Care Provider.
    • Please contact the school nurse to complete a permission form if prescription medication needs to be administered to your student during the school year.
    • If your student currently has asthma, diabetes, seizures, or history of severe allergies/anaphylaxis please contact the school nurse to start an action plan for the current school year. 
     
     
    Nursing Services: You are welcome to contact the school nurse if you would like your student to have a height/weight, blood pressure, hearing, vision, dental and/or scoliosis screening. School health screenings are completed for all new-to-district and 7th grade students per state recommendations. Scoliosis screenings are completed for 6th and 8th grade students in the spring of each school year as well.
     
    Contact Info:
    Crystal Allen, BSN, RN, NCSN
    phone: (907)864-5405
    fax: (907)864-5481
    email: crystal.allen@matsuk12.us
    hours:  7:15 am - 2:45 pm M-F