Nicki Zimmerman is a veteran school nurse with more than 25 years serving the students in her Oregon school district. When Nicki decided to sit for national certification last year, she joined an online study group that I monitor on behalf of the National Board for School Nurse Certification. We finally met in real life… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: A Message from Nicki Zimmerman – Never give up, never surrender!
Last June, I had the honor of speaking in a panel after the screening of the documentary Wrestling Ghosts at the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) Conference in Denver. Wrestling Ghosts explores the impact of childhood trauma and provides a rare opportunity to witness the healing process. I sat among 1200 school nurses from the US and… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: Wrestling Ghosts – An Experiential Film
School nurse Angela Avradmidis and I connected during the “High Tech to High Touch”#Nursing2030Chat3 hosted by the Future of Nursing 2020-2030. The discussion included the frustration many school nurses face when trying to electronically communicate with parents. Angela had an innovative solution, she uses a technology platform designed for teachers called Remind. I reached… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: Using Teacher Tech in the Health Clinic with Angela Avramidis, BSN, RN, NCSN
For those who follow this blog, you know that my niece, Carly, survived the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. Carly, her peers, and school community have returned to school in a new and unwelcome reality. The wounds are raw, the trauma is palpable and the students and staff are easily triggered which… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: Joining Forces for the Greater Good
There seems to be a misguided theme popping up in recent articles about School Based Health Centers (SBHC) and the collaboration with school nurses. The theme is that prior to the introduction of SBHCs, school nurses were relegated to providing basic care for run-of-the-mill conditions. Does this fall into the category of “fake news” or… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: Let’s Talk About the “Culture of Nursing”