- There are 13 Registered Nurses at Westfield Washington Schools.
- They have been Nurses from 10 years to 56 years (Total of 265 years!)
- The newest to school nursing has been a school nurse for 1 year and the longest acting school nurse is 25 years and counting.
Before becoming a school nurse, they have extensive backgrounds in a variety of nursing paths: Including
- Neonatal Intensive Care
- Director of Cardiovascular Labs
- Public Health Nurse Educator
- Labor and Delivery
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Cardiac Care
- Adult Intensive Care
- Neurosurgical Care
- Medical/Surgical Care
- Home Health & Hospice
- Emergency Room
What the nurses like best about being a school nurse?
- Watching the children grow and become independent
- Interactions and developing caring relationships with families, staff, and students
- Variety and diversity every day
- Educating the child and family in their care and advocating for our families
What they hope to achieve:
- a loving safe environment for the students
- teaching kids to be more active in their self-care now and for the future
- teaching students tools and techniques for dealing with anxiety and stress
- teaching students/families how to advocate for care
Some of the funny things students have said to the school nurse
- “You’re just making that up”
- “I think my Red blood cells are too hot”
- “I fell down and a bead just somehow went up my nose”
So what do the school nurses do in their spare time?
- Spend time with Family, Grandkids
The job of School Nursing in one word:
What is the best trait of a school nurse?
- Positive Personality, smile
- Diplomacy and wisdom
- Able to Multitask
- Great Assessment skills and compassion
- Great sense of humor