5 years into school nursing. Tessa McIlraith did some therapeutic reflection on her school nursing practice. I think she speaks for all of us when she wrote this:
What I didn’t know
I didn’t know how many times I would hear a trembling voice telling me their child had cancer.
I didn’t know I’d be cleaning your self inflicted wounds and would be the only one to say I’m glad you showed up today.
I didn’t know you would overdose and die.
I didn’t know I’d be the voice for your family when a new diagnosis changed your life forever.
I didn’t know I’d be the first to know you were expecting and the first to share your joy.
I didn’t know I would be the relationship expert.
I didn’t know how much your parent would yell at me.
I didn’t know how much I would help you breathe and help you walk into class…one more time.
I didn’t know I’d be the place you come to cry, to laugh, to just be.
I didn’t know you would get hit by a car.
I didn’t know how many times I would have to tell you that you cannot play in your last playoff game.
I didn’t know how much strength I had.
What I did know…
Is that you matter!
You are so brave.
You are seen and heard.
You are missed.
You change my life every day!
Your School Nurse