Another wonderful contribution from Wendy Lamparelli RN MEd. CSN-NJ! Thank you
School nurses and other mental health professionals in schools are not ok – part 2
Our cups have holes in them.
Though we try and do the self care, stay present and fill the cups of others we are drowning
the needs are great , they go beyond academics.
The influx of immigrant students who carry the luggage of poverty, despair and trauma present at our doorstep are placed into classrooms without the skills, tools and people in between to lighten the load of the bag they carry.
These children and their families equate to patients in the ER with chest pain not a broken toe. Imagine 10 at once who need immediate cardiac care.
The acuity is higher than ever. The resources are few. The people we call to help need helpers themselves.
Published by Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FNASN, FAAN
Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FNASN, FAAN, is a Nationally Certified School Nurse (NCSN), currently in her 22nd year as a New Jersey school nurse in the Camden City School District. Robin is the Director for New Jersey to the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) Board. She is proud to be a Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Fellow and past Program Mentor. Robin is the honored recipient of multiple awards for her work in school nursing and population health. These awards include, 2019 and 2020 National Association of School Nurses President’s Award, 2018 NCSN School Nurse of the Year, 2017 Johnson & Johnson School Nurse of the Year, and the New Jersey Department of Health 2017 Population Health Hero Award. Robin serves as faculty in the School Nurse Certificate Program at Rutgers University-Camden School of Nursing, where she teaches the next generation of school nurses. She was presented the 2018 Rutgers University – Camden Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award for Part-time Faculty. Robin writes a weekly blog called The Relentless School Nurse. She also writes a monthly column in My American Nurse, the official journal of the American Nurses Association. Robin’s work is included as a case study in The Future of Nursing Report 2020-2030. You can follow Robin on Twitter at @RobinCogan.
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