Nanny Food Allergy Survey

The Cleveland Clinic has asked us to share this with all of our nannies and sitters.  If you have 5-10 minutes please take the time to answer these questions.

As a member of INA you have been invited to take part in the  Cleveland Clinic survey because the Cleveland Clinic is interested to learn about your experiences and training with regards to food allergies. The survey consists of 46 questions, and should take between 5-10 minutes of your time. Because the data generated by this survey may be generalized and disseminated, it is considered human subjects research. Your participation is voluntary, and consent will be implied based on your participation.

The only risk to your participation is a small risk to the confidentiality of your data.  Safeguards are in place to protect your data.  The Cleveland Clinic is not collecting any information which will identify you.  The data will be stored in a password protected computer at the Cleveland Clinic.  Results from this survey will be presented in the aggregate, as group data.
With this survey, The Cleveland Clinic hope to: (1) identify nannies knowledge of food allergies, including general knowledge, recognition, and treatment of food allergies; (2) identify prevalence of food allergy in homes where children are under the care of nannies:and (3) identify gaps in knowledge and training requirements for food allergy at various nanny training institutions/conferences.

While taking this survey it is important to distinguish the difference between true food allergy vs. food intolerance. True food allergy includes life threatening reactions due to an immune response to proteins in foods.  This can lead to the immediate onset of allergy symptoms including itching, hives, swelling, vomiting, coughing, wheezing, or low blood pressure causing lightheadedness.  This is a syndrome called anaphylaxis. Food intolerance is not life threatening and often includes symptoms of stomach upset, bloating, gas, fatigue, hyperactivity (i.e. lactose intolerance). Gluten sensitivity or celiac disease is NOT a food allergy.   Please be reassured that all of your responses will remain confidential and anonymous.

This survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Feel free to contact Dr. Justin Greiwe at 216-212-5879 or with  any questions or concerns.

This research has been approved by the Cleveland Clinic Institutional Review Board.

Please click here  to get started!

A great tip from a professional nanny!

In honor of Nanny Appreciation Week I wanted to tell you about one professional nanny’s great idea.
I came across Nanny Brandi’s “Nanny Binder” on the Regarding Nannies website and I wanted to share it with you.
Here is part of her question and answer:
What is a Nanny Binder?
It is a collection of my favorite articles and information from various resources that help me in my development as a professional nanny.
Why did I make one?
Because I kept accumulating all of this information and when I wanted to reference it I didn’t always have a computer handy. I am not a “techie” in the truest sense. Printing the information out and having the information readily available in a binder is what works for me. I carry it with me to work every day because I never know when I might need it.
What do I keep in it?
Anything that is relevant to my job as a nanny. I put information I have gathered from websites and conferences. Specifically I have it organized into sections:
Child Development Tips, Webinars, Personal Improvement, Craft Ideas, Recipes and Forms. For example, in the Personal Improvement section I keep information about improving my resume and portfolio. This is something that is always a work in progress and should be updated regularly. In the Forms section I have an emergency information sheet, household information, medical authorization forms etc. I also keep a copy of my updated work agreement just in case I might want to reference it.
How often do I really use it?
Literally, every day. Whether it is craft ideas for the kids, a recipe, or a few minutes at nap time, I can pull it out and read something that helps keep my focus on being a better nanny. I am constantly printing out and adding more to it so there is always current information for me to read.
How to make one?
It’s very simple and you don’t need to spend a lot of money. To get started I went to an office supply store and found a good sized binder, section dividers and a good three hole punch tool. An extra printer cartridge is also a good idea. You can personalize it anyway you want.
What do you think of Brandi’s idea?  Do you have something similar that you bring along to work?

Nanny Gatherings and Playdates – a solution for Nannies in St. Louis!

As the placement counselor at TLC for Kids, Inc. in St. Louis I am often asked by nannies about getting together with other nannies for playdates. After all, don’t I have a great network of nannies in St. Louis? Of course, the answer is yes, TLC has been placing nannies with families since 1985!
The problem I run into is that since TLC has such a wide radius that we place nannies, playgroups can be difficult for me to coordinate.
The last nanny I was working with really wanted to start a playgroup in South County, but she was having a hard time figuring out how to make it work. She definitely did not want all the way drive to University City for a playgroup.  I needed to come up with a way for nannies to freely set these things up together!
And so, the TLC “Meet-up” group was born. This is a group of nannies and sitters who want to get involved with other nannies in their area. Feel free to join and suggest an activity!

Check us out: Follow the prompts and join – it’s free, fast and easy!

Thanks! Have a great week. Jessica