Upper School Nurse
Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of South Alabama
Length of time nursing: 7 years
Why have you chosen the field of school nursing over other nursing careers?
I have chosen the role of school nurse in order to reach children and adolescents within the community. I previously worked with pediatrics in a hospital setting and enjoyed it very much. While very rewarding, I noticed that treating the whole child was not possible as the children were admitted for acute conditions and then quickly discharged home. The role of school nurse will not only allow me to assist students with medical and educational needs, but also allow me to connect with the students in a familiar environment and guide them through difficult times while collaborating with the entire Holy Trinity team.
What do you look forward to the most about teaching at Holy Trinity?
The thing I look forward to the most about assuming the role of Upper School nurse at Holy Trinity is increasing my direct student contact. I am able to easily connect with junior high and high school aged students. I hope to be a great resource and trusted role model to them.
How do you keep current in your field?
As a registered nurse, I am required by the Board of Nursing to complete continuing education credits in order to renew my license every two years. Furthermore, I attend seminars relevant to my work in order to provide the most current and thorough information. The National Board for Certification of School Nurses offers a Nationally Certified School Nurse certification that I intend to pursue in order to increase my knowledge base for my current role.
If you were not nursing, what would you be doing?
If I were not a nurse, I would be very interested in becoming a teacher. I have a passion for teaching and incorporate it into my work as often as possible. In the past, I have provided health education to patients across many specialties.
What is the best compliment you’ve ever received as a nurse?
The best compliment that I have received as a nurse came from the mother of a recently diagnosed diabetic child. Both she and her child had very little knowledge of diabetes, which resulted in his hospitalization. I spent hours providing education about diabetes management, blood glucose monitoring, insulin administration, etc. After three days, the mother was comfortable discharging home. She returned about one month later to give me a huge hug and a card. She stated, “I don’t know what we would have done without you.”