It is the season to say goodbye to our trusted school nursing colleagues who are retiring. Most of us work independently, but there are a few lucky school nurses who are part of an in-person team. One such team in my school district is coming to its natural conclusion as Lynn, a dear and dedicated school nurse, reached the magic number of 25 and is retiring. Her partner in all things preschool nursing related wrote this sweet farewell letter to her mentor, friend and co-worker. Cindy wanted to send Lynn off into retirement with a special poem to show her gratitude and appreciation. Lynn supported Cindy when she began as a novice school nurse seven years ago. Here is Cindy’s poem, it captures this moment perfectly.
This is the Beginning, not the End
It started 25 yrs. ago.
A school nurse you would be
A decision I’m sure you don’t regret.
Now that you’re finally free
No more setting the alarm clock
Trying to get to school by 8
Just get outta bed whenever you want
There’s no such thing as late
No more annual screenings
Or flu notices to go home
No more moms and dads
Yelling at you on the phone
ECDC will not be the same
Without you by my side
But now you’ll be able to rest and relax
Looking back with fond memories and pride
There are only 23 work days left
That you cannot avoid
Because after the 21st of June
You’ll no longer be employed
We knew it would be hard
Saying goodbye to a colleague and friend
But an exciting new path awaits you
This is the beginning, not the end!