School Nursing

The Relentless School Nurse: What Happened in School Today – How One School Nurse Bridges the Wage Gap

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Brandy Bowlen, RN, bridging the wage gap 

The old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” is illustrated in this photo sent by Brandy Bowlen, a school nurse from Texas. Brandy was responding to a  Tweet thread about the nationwide shortage of school nurses:

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This was Brandy’s response:

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I think that Brandy’s response speaks for itself. She is truly a school nursing superstar, making this world a better place. But, Brandy or any other school nurse should not have to go to such extremes to bridge this wage gap in nursing. As I heard Dr. Erin Maughan, NASN Director of Research say recently, “We need to stop tolerating the intolerable.”

You can read the full Tweet thread by clicking here: Nationwide shortage of school nurses called a “crisis” that may be putting kids’ lives at risk

Brandy’s Bio:

Brandy Bowlen received her Associates Degree in Nursing from The Lonestar College System, is pursuing her Bachelor’s in Nursing at The University of Texas at Arlington, and is certified in Action Based Learning.  She is currently working as a school nurse at Epps Island Elementary in Klein Independent School District.  A strong advocate for student and staff wellness, she involves her students in kinesthetic learning and empowers the entire school community to get involved.  Her professional interests focus on obesity prevention and cure, and community engagement.  In addition, she serves as Communications Coordinator for the Texas School Nurse Organization and is a member of the National Association of School Nurses.  She was recently honored with the Salute to Nurses Outstanding Nurse award for contributions to the field of nursing in Houston, Texas.

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