Crystal Cardenas, RN
Hi! My name is Crystal Cardenas, RN; I have been a nurse for 10 years now and have been in the medical field 15+ years. My career in nursing started in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where I worked with critically ill and premature newborn infants. This is year 5 as a full-time School Nurse! I am super excited to be here and I am looking forward to having a great year! A few things I enjoy doing are watching my daughter (21) and son (17) playing their sports as well as sneaking off to the coast or lake to enjoy the outdoors with fishing and BBQ.
School nursing is a professional registered nursing specialty that involves identification, assessment, prevention, and intervention to remedy or modify students' health needs. The nurse's goal is to promote the optimum health of students and the students' abilities to achieve their individual educational goals.I am excited for the opportunity to care for your child and will provide exceptional care and keep you informed and a part of our team.
Nurses monitor required immunizations, perform mandated health screenings, track communicable diseases, plan for emergencies and provide direct care to students. Please use the links to the left to learn more about the Hays CISD District Health Services. I would like to assure you that medical information about your child is treated as confidential by the nurses and all school staff. We do not share information about your child with outside parties nor can we discuss health concerns of any other student with you.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns, you can find my email and phone number below. I look forward to hearing from you!
Let's have a great 2022-2023 school year Colts!
Crystal Cardenas, RN
Carpenter Hill Elementary School
(512) 268-8509, EXT. 42605
News from the Nurse
Flu and COVID
Please report all flu and covid positives to the nurse. Email the nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org
Medications at School
Reminder please do not send Medication with students. Please deliver medications to Nurse. This is for the safety of all students. Below is district policy on guidelines for medication at school. Link to district page.
*Reminder cough drops are medication. They will need a 10 day short form.
All medication(s) must be in the originally marked labeled container and must be provided by the parent or guardian. All medications must be kept in the nurse’s office unless the student is cleared by both the physician and school nurse to self-carry. All narcotics/controlled medication must be kept in the nurse’s office at all times. All medication to be administered by District staff shall be provided according to the Medication Policy FFAC. First doses of medications shall not be given at school. Expired Medications will not be given. No more than a 30 day supply of medications may be kept on campus.
Over-The-Counter (OTC) medications are given according to instructions on the original label for up to 10 days with a parent written request on the Short Term Medication Authorization Form. If the OTC medication is to be given for longer than 10 days, or at a different dose/frequency than on the label, a physician’s order is required in addition to the parent written request on the Medication Authorization Form / En Español. Medications will ONLY be provided according to instructions on the label and for FDA approved uses unless further documentation is provided by the physician.
Clothing Donations Needed
Accidents happen regardless of age that require a change of clothes. Spilled food, nosebleeds and unable to make it to the bathroom in time are just a few of the reasons our students need an extra outfit. We try to have a variety of sizes on hand to help get students back to class. Our Clothing Closet in the clinic is always in need of gently used pants/shorts. Elastic waist clothing is preferred as it fits a variety of sizes and is free of snaps/buttons/zippers which can be difficult for some students. Donations are always welcome.