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The Relentless School Nurse: Meanwhile, Happening in Philly Schools – School Nursing Shortage, Urgent Course Corrections

School nursing shortages are happening across the country. This is on top of 25% of schools not having any nursing coverage and 35% of schools only having part-time school nurses. Amid the Delta variant surge, those school districts that have nurses are experiencing vacancies. School nurses have reached our tipping point and as I have… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: Meanwhile, Happening in Philly Schools – School Nursing Shortage, Urgent Course Corrections

School Nursing

The Relentless School Nurse: Unsustainable Workloads are Crushing School Nurses Across the Country

When I spoke at my school board meeting last month asking for additional supports, one of the board members publically commented "When health professionals ask for help, we need to listen." I will be speaking at this month's meeting as a follow up to the requests that so far have gone unanswered. I encourage all… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: Unsustainable Workloads are Crushing School Nurses Across the Country

School Nursing

The Relentless School Nurse: A Tale of Health Inequity

  Sometimes there are moments that jar me into deeper levels of understanding how difficult our health system is to navigate for people who do not speak English. It's obviously not just our broken health system that makes life hard for people new to our country, but when it is, it can be a matter… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: A Tale of Health Inequity

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The Relentless School Nurse: Lessons From the First Week of School

    This week has been a crash course in explaining pandemic school safety. There are wide gaps in the understanding of both staff and parents/guardians about what happens when students exhibit potential symptoms of COVID during the school day. When students are sent home whether for symptoms or a close contact, the frustration and… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: Lessons From the First Week of School

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The Relentless School Nurse: A School Nurse’s Poem – My Heart in the Middle

School nurse Tessa McIlraith was Washington State School Nurse of the Year in 2020. She is a school nurse leader, artist, poet, and an inspirational light in this world. Tessa is a creative, who shared her gift of poetry, what she calls her therapy, with the readers of this blog. To learn more about Tessa… Continue reading The Relentless School Nurse: A School Nurse’s Poem – My Heart in the Middle