I am honored by the number of school nurses from across the country who reach out to me to share their COVID challenges. It is important that we all have safe spaces to share our truths. In nursing, we are conditioned to soldier on, to carry the load, no matter how intolerable. School nurses work… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: “I can’t take another minute of this”, is no Longer a Figure of Speech.
I am sharing a series of private messages between me and a mom who is also a nurse that is very concerned about her child's school reopening plan. I have permission to share the conversation without revealing any identifying information. This discussion gives the reader an inside view of the stress parents are facing, especially… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: School Reopening Concerns From a Mom Who is a Nurse
I am a PROUD friend/colleague of New Jersey's Eileen Gavin, who is featured, along with fellow school nurses Rebecca Sposato of Colorado and Katherine Burdge of Florida, on NPR All Things Considered . Listen to the audio clip and read the article spotlighting three school nurses who share the challenges of returning to school as… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: School Nurses Featured on NPR’s All Things Considered!
When COVID first reared its ugly head in March of 2020 and we began to learn the recommended public health mitigation strategies, one specifically got my full attention. It was "open windows and doors" to improve airflow and circulation. As a school nurse and family member of victims and survivors of gun violence, the first… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: Open or Close Windows and Doors For Safety – Which is it?
In my guest editorial for the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, I share how school nurses are in the "eye of the storm" as we enter our third school year impacted by COVID. My deepest appreciation to the editor, Mona Shattell, PhD, RN, FAAN for the invitation to submit my perspectives piece. School… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: An Op-Ed – School Nurses: In the Eye of the Storm