School Nurses: Ultimate List of Asthma and Food Allergies Info

In the spirit of supporting your never-ending diligence in keeping our children with Food Allergies and/or Asthma safe at school, I’ve put together a collection of links that you might find helpful.  Thanks to  you, dear school nurses, our children could not be able to attend school.  Period.  It is your passion, energy and expertise that reaches beyond your stethoscope and into our classrooms.  My hope is that these lists will save you some time.  They are long, but it is a one stop information shopping moment in time.


School Nurse Links and information to support managing students with Food Anaphylaxis and/or Asthma…





Food Allergy Policy, Guidelines and Nursing Position Statements




 Resources for Nurses to Assist in Educating Teachers, Administrators and Parents

  • How to Use an Epi Pen®  PDF–Created by the Makers of Epi Pens®.
  • Back-to-School Tool Kit–if you only make one click today–this is the link.  This on-line downloadable tool kit was created by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and includes valuable items such as Food Allergy Action Plans, Awareness Poster, How a Child Might Describe a Reaction, Food Allergy 101 Presentation, Be a P.A.L. Brochure and poster, etc.
  • How to C.A.R.E. for Students with Food Allergies: What Educators Should Know  is a FREE on-line course created by the Food Allergy Initiative–the first of it’s kind!
  • Food Allergy 101 Presentation–created by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and is a slide show to share with your staff!
  • Managing Food Allergies in School- What staff needs to know is an on-line video that is about 40 minutes and incredibly concise and detailed educational piece.  The video was created by and narrated by Michael Pistiner, MD, of Harvard Vangard Medical Associates.  He also teaches at Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School.
  • What is  Food Allergy-a slide show directed at an elementary aged classroom.  It was created by and narrated by Michael Pistiner, MD, of Harvard Vangard Medical Associates.  He also teaches at Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School.
  • School Nurse Resources is a link offered by–which happens to be the same website that offered Managing Food Allergies in School-what staff needs to know.  This link includes downloads, school nurse resources and a school nurse forum too!
  • Pulse Uniforms offers several anaphylaxis and Celiac related links on their allergy resource addition to selling uniforms!
  • National Association of School Nurses-Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis NASN tool kit-The Centers for Disease Control has worked with NASN, the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and the National School Boards Association to develop comprehensive guidance and resources for food allergy and anaphylaxis management in the school setting.


food allergy action plan

Food Allergy Emergency Action Plans





Educating in the Classroom-Elementary, Middle and High School


  • Cleaning Methods – (PDF) :  This document summarizes a study of the efficacy of soap and water hand washing to remove allergens versus hand wipes.  I share with all teachers.  Unfortunately, it is a misconception that hand sanitizer can remove allergens.
  • What is a food Allergy Slide/video presentation:  this video is directed at preschool to elementary aged children that explains exactly what a food allergy is!  It was created by Michael Pistiner, MD of Harvard Medical Associates.  The video discusses cross contact and the dangers of food sharing very well.
  • FAAN Kids–this site is hosted by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and offers wonderful activities and even science projects geared toward the elementary aged child
  • FAAN Kids:  Yet another brilliant idea from those Canadians..this website is directed right to teenagers.  Browse this site for ideas and conversation starters for teenagers.
  •  FAAN Teens–this is another website specifically designed for teenagers from the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.
  • Binky_GoesNuts (PDF) – preschool and young elementary aged teaching unit created by PBS from the hit show Arthur.  I really enjoy this unit since it is available in Spanish, offers classroom activities, has letters home to parents, coloring pages, finger puppet templates etc.
  • Be A P.A.L program...which stands for Protect A Life!  This is a fabulous 5 step programs geared towards the elementary aged student.  I always refer back to this program–it’s a favorite.
  • Andy and Ally’s Asthma Activity book (PDF)–created by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, this coloring/activity book is designed for children and their families to learn how to manage asthma and allergies.



Understanding 504 Plans and Food Allergies and/or asthma



It’s a long list, but hopefully you found everything that you need to manage food allergies and asthma at school!  Happy Monday!


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