Dana M. Cannon RN BSN
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I grew up in Monongahela and currently reside in Fallowfield. I attended Carlow College in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated in 1991 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing and a Minor in Psychology. I worked at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for nine and a half years as a Nurse Intern, then Clinical Nurse III on medical and surgical oncology units and as a Clinical Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. I was a substitute certified school nurse in the Ringgold School District for seven years. I left my position in the surgery center at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, which I held for three years to come to Charleroi Area School District.
I am available to provide Health Education to both you and your children at Charleroi Elementary. The Pennsylvania Department of Health mandates me to perform various screenings for your children according to their grade level. I will only notify you if there is a problem with your child’s screening. If you do not hear from me, then I did not need to refer your child for further evaluation. However, even though the Pennsylvania Department of Health mandates that children at certain grades have screenings, physicals or dental exams completed, I am encouraging you to continue to take your children to pediatricians, dentists and optometrists on a routine basis. As your school nurse, I am not permitted to diagnose or treat problems but may ask you to take your children to a physician due to the symptoms I observe. I would encourage you to keep your child home if they have signs of illness. Although, sometimes it may be appropriate to send your child to school with sniffles or a sore throat if there is no fever. If you are uncertain if they should attend, you’re welcome to call me.
My goal is to help you to maintain the Health, Mind, and Spirit of your children. Your support and guidance would be greatly appreciated. There may be times that I do not have an answer but I can promise you that I will find the answer. I would like to thank you for letting me care for the most important people in your life, your children.