West Virginia school nurse, Sarah Arbogast stood before her school board meeting to explain her concerns as a district school nurse and a parent of a special needs child. BOE hears concerns of nurse, parent. “Taking into consideration the number of nurses we have staffed at this time, meeting the needs of all the students,… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: You Have 3 Minutes to Influence Your School Board
What a treat! I was invited by podcast hosts, psychiatrist Dr. Candida Fink, and educator Jo-Ann Berry to have a conversation about school health and safety. Mental Health Goes to School is a new podcast with an important mission, to bridge the gap in understanding the connection between home, school, and the mental health… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: Mental Health Goes to School – A Teacher & A Psychiatrist Walk Into a Podcast!
The past few days have seen several disturbing headlines about the state of school nursing that do not bode well for our future. Here are some of the articles that prompted this blog post, as a counter-balance to the negative findings: Are School Nurses The Next Target of Moms For Liberty? A recent Twitter… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: How School Nurses Can Help Ourselves to Stay
I am thankful and excited to share that I will be presenting a general session at NASN 2023 Conference in Orlando this summer. My topic is: School Safety from a School Nurse's Perspective: A Public Health Approach to Stemming Gun Violence. NASN’s vision is that all students are healthy, safe and ready to learn. Couched… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: School Safety from a School Nurse’s Perspective: A Public Health Approach to Stemming Gun Violence
Pat Hamilton, an Iowa School Superintendent, is choosing to reduce school nursing hours in order to "emphasize what our top priority needs to be, which is teaching and learning." I listened to the circular conversation several times and could not help but feel that the disconnect between health and learning is the crux of the… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: Let’s Get to The Crux of the Disconnect Between Health Services and Educational Services