MomNurse Academy Review

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing my review of the MomNurse Academy and a discount code. As always I want to be transparent anytime I do a review. I was gifted this course in exchange for my feedback. I am not receiving any commission for this review or for sales of this product.

The MomNurse Academy was created by Dani Stringer. She has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for almost 10 years. Dani earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Arizona State University in 2009 followed by her master’s degree in nursing in 2010. She graduated as the youngest nurse practitioner in the country, which led to her college nickname KidNurse. You can find her amazing resources on pediatric health by visiting her blog KidNurse.org.

Fun fact: She was the very first provider who examined our son at our pediatric doctors office when he was just days old. She was warm, friendly, and made both Josh and I feel confident as new parents in our ability to take care of our son.

MomNurse Academy

The MomNurse Academy was designed to give moms confidence when they are taking care of sick children at home. After completing all the modules I can tell you that this course meets that goal.

With everything that is happening in the world right now with COVID-19 we are limiting our family’s exposure to others. Like many families we are only taking our children to the doctor if they absolutely need to be seen. After this course I have so much more confidence in my ability to determine if my children need to be seen by their health provider and also the best ways to offer supportive home care the next time they are sick.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started watching the videos but I can tell you I was blown away by what Dani has created. Wow. Really just wow. The website design is easy to navigate, it is aesthetically pleasing, and the video quality is top notch. The lessons in each module are engaging and full of great information to help moms navigate the best way to take care of their sick child.

As a mom of 4 kids I wasn’t sure how much of this course would be helpful for me. My oldest is almost eight years old and I felt like I had a good grasp on what warranted a phone call or a trip to the doctors office. But after taking the first module on fevers I realized just how much information I didn’t know.

What topics are covered and how long is each module?

Did you know that some reports have found that at least 20% of pediatric ER visits are because of fevers? Crazy, right? In the fever module Dani will teach you: the definition of fever, ranges of normal temperatures, what happens to your child’s body when they get a fever, how to properly take your child’s fever, when to give medicine, when to seek medical care, supportive at home care for fevers, and much more.

Fever is the first module covered in this course. The modules are meant to build off of each other so you have a baseline of knowledge before proceeding to the next. Here are all seven topics in order covered in this course.

  • Fever
  • Cold
  • Ear Infection
  • Sinus Infection
  • Eyes
  • Respiratory Distress
  • Dehydration

My favorites were fever, ear infection, sinus infection, and eyes. I learned new things in every module but these really stood out to me. I love learning about how the body works and found these modules fascinating. The anatomy images and charts combined with Dani’s engaging personality make these lessons fun and educational.

I have a much better understanding on what is going on in my child’s body when they get sick. In addition to the lectures by Dani, there are real life pictures and examples of what pediatric illnesses look like – so you know just what to look for.  While sad, it was extremely helpful and I am so glad this was included in the course.

The longest modules took me about 45 minutes to complete. The video lessons are broken down into short segments which make it easy to pause when needed and restart later. Each module begins and ends with a short quiz to help you see what you know and what you have learned.

You can become a MomNurse too!

This course would have never been something I purchased for our family. I am always hesitant to buy online courses because so much of the time they fail to offer the value I was expecting. Having now had the opportunity to explore and finish the MomNurse Academy I can tell you that is 100% worth the investment.

When you purchase this course you have the option to join the MomNurse Academy group on Facebook. This group is only open to those who have enrolled. Think of it as your own support group for any and all medical questions regarding your child. Dani posts words of encouragement often and you have the ability to connect with her and the other members in the group.

Dani has generously offered to give readers of this blog $100 off her MomNurse Academy. Click HERE to purchase and use discount code: workoutmama to save $100 and build your confidence when caring for your sick child at home.

When you purchase the MomNurse Academy you get 4+ hours of video courses with Dani, 48 evidence-based pediatric health lessons, a MomNurse tool kit that includes ebooks & interactive tools, plus access to the Facebook group.

Times are hard right now for many reasons. I would never recommend something to purchase unless I believed it would be beneficial and helpful to others. I truly believe the MomNurse Academy meets those qualifications and is a great resource.

As a mom of 4 kids under the age of seven I can tell you this course was super helpful for me. I feel more confident and empowered when it comes to taking care of my children the next time they get sick. This would also make an excellent baby shower gift for a new mama.

The MomNurse Academy isn’t meant to replace your pediatric provider. But it will train you to watch for important symptoms, treat at-home when you can, and think like a MomNurse with sound pediatric education at your service.

If you are ready to become a MomNurse, click HERE and use the discount code: workoutmama to take $100 of the purchase price.

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Pandemic Planning: How To Prepare Your Family

Here is a basic list of what you can start doing or continue to do in order to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 in your community. Be safe and I hope you find this resource helpful.

THINGS WE CAN ALL START DOING NOW

  • Wash your hands.
  • If you are sick stay home.
  • Stay home as much as you can even if you aren’t sick. If you need to work or go out try to create a 6 foot buffer between yourself and other people.
  • Don’t panic. Write out a list of what you can control now.
  • Don’t stockpile. That time has past. Buy what you need when you need it. Stockpiling now will create strain on the supply chain.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean your house and high traffic areas frequently. Door knobs, light switches, toilet handle, sink, countertops, etc.
  • Clean highly touched areas in your car (steering wheel, door handles, buckets, etc.). Keep hand sanitizer in your car. Use it immediately after you buckle your seat belt.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Take off your shoes when you enter your house.
  • Wash your hands when you get home. My husband is a firefighter and he showers immediately when he comes home after shift and clothes go right into hamper to be washed.
  • Learn to flush the toilet. Make sure you are flushing with the lid down. Here is the order: go to the bathroom, wash your hands, dry your hands, put the lid down and flush. This virus has been found in fecal matter and flushing can cause particles to become airborne. So make sure the lid is closed before you flush.
  • Wash your hands ;).

2 WEEKS OF FOOD & WATER

If you are in a city that is already experiencing a limited supply of these items now is not the time to stockpile. If your area is not seeing community transmission and items are readily available pick up a few extras each time you buy groceries.

  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Oatmeal
  • Flour (make bread)
  • Yeast (make bread)
  • Frozen Veggies
  • Canned Veggies
  • Potatoes
  • Frozen Fruit
  • Canned Fruit
  • Dry Fruit
  • Dried Beans
  • Frozen Meat/Fish
  • Canned Meat/Fish
  • Protein Bars
  • Peanut Butter
  • Powdered Peanut Butter
  • Candy/Chocolate/Snacks
  • Protein Mix
  • 2 Week Supply of Water

FIRST AID KIT & HOUSEHOLD CLEANING SUPPLY LIST

  • Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Thermomater
  • Batteries
  • Alcohol Based Sanitizer
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Face Masks
  • N95 Respirators
  • Eye Protection (face shield or swimming goggles)
  • Household Disinfectant
  • Chlorine Bleach
  • Medicine Dropper
  • Packaged Drink Mixes (the ones that contain sugar & salt)
  • Bandaids
  • Neosporin
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 70% Isopropyl Alcohol

MEDICINE & SUPPLEMENT LIST

  • 1-2 month supply of prescription drugs
  • 1-2 months of OTC meds
  • 2 month supply of Advil and Tylenol
  • Vitamin C or Emergen-C Packets
  • Vitamin D

WAYS TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

  • Get adequate sleep. This is going to be a marathon not a sprint.
  • Unplug. Take breaks from the news and social media.
  • Check in daily with your loved ones. A quick call, text, or FaceTime chat can keep you connected while social distancing measures are needed to protect our most vulnerable populations.
  • Exercise. There are many resources available to help you workout at home. Check out my workouts HERE.
  • Read that book, watch the movie at home, or do the puzzle that has been sitting in your closet.
  • If the “What If’s?” start to plague your thoughts check out my previous post on 10 Bible Verses for Anxiety.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES WORTH YOUR READ

  • Information for First Responders on Maintaining Operational Capabilities during a Pandemic. This document by the Department of Homeland Security shares Best Practices for First responders. It has great information in here even for the general public. I found this on the internet.
  • The pages below were found from Alabama State Pandemic Exercise Guide. The website is not responding currently but here are screenshots of the pages and what to talk about with your family.

And to anyone still saying this is just the flu please read this article, Coronavirus burial pits so vast they’re visible from space, from the Washington Post.

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The Night America Woke Up to COVID-19

In the span of 30 minutes tonight after President Trump gave an address on the coronavirus, actor Tom Hanks announced himself and wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for COVID-19. This was followed by basketball player Rudy Gobert’s testing positive for COVID-19 and the NBA announcing an indefinite suspension for the rest of season. I was just about to publish this post when I saw the U.S. Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory and is now telling US citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.

Image Source: NY Times

I have been closely following this story since mid January. Lately I have felt like I am living in a movie with an unbelievable plot. From the first whistle blower in China, Dr. Li Wenliang, being diagnosed and dying of the virus and to citizen journalists Chen Qiushi and Fang Bin going missing after sharing videos from hospitals in Wuhan these men, along with many more reporters, deserve the entire worlds thanks and gratitude. If not for them the world would not have known about this virus or its severity.

In the United States testing is still widely unavailable. Without mass testing capacity there is limited data available to show where the virus is spreading and how many people have it. I live in Arizona, population 7.172 million, and at the time of this post being published we have tested 100 people. At this point we all need to assume that it is rapidly moving among all our communities. The lack of testing and limiting testing criteria shouldn’t have happened. Crucial time was wasted.

Tonight proves to all Americans who have not been paying attention or brushing this off as “just the flu” that this needs to be taken seriously. The United States has recently started exporting cases to other countries which means that the virus has been active and undetected in multiple cities for several weeks.

Two weeks ago the world started seeing a large number of cases that were linked to recent travel from Italy. Today Italy reported 2,313 new cases and 196 new deaths. In total Italy has reported 12,462 cases, 827 deaths, with 1,028 in serious condition and 1,045 recovered. Scientists have been saying that the United States is two weeks behind Italy in regards to virus spread.

If you have not started preparing you need to. The CDC recommends having a two week supply of water/food and extra prescription medication. Social distancing is going to be something we hear for awhile. No more handshakes, cover your coughs and sneezes, don’t go out when you are sick, and stay home as much as you can. Now is not the time to panic. Make a plan and start getting prepared. There is only so much at this time that we can control. If you feel anxious start making a list of what you can control now. I will have a follow up post to help with this soon.

Know that you have a voice. Be positive and be kind but speak up. We need to hear how our local governments are trying to flatten the curve. Use your voice to encourage and use your voice to inform others. We need to hear from first responders and healthcare workers at the front lines of this pandemic. And yes, it is officially a pandemic as of today, the World Health Organization finally made the announcement this morning.

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been diagnosed and to their loved ones. Stay safe!

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