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What your child’s school nurse wish you knew

I’m learning to settle into my new role as a school nurse.

It’s been an adjustment beyond adjustments. But so very, very worth it. Although, as I continue on I recognize a large disconnect. While autonomous, freeing, and incomparable it is also an isolating and publicly misunderstood role for a nurse.

Here’s what your child’s school nurse wish you knew.

Reasons your school nurse became a school nurse:

They have unmeasurable passion for children, the community, and health.

They recognize health gaps.

They have mourned infants, toddlers, school age children, and teens to the grave because of these health gaps.

They crave the overwhelming opportunity for outreach and education to prevent mourning any more infants, toddlers, school age children, and teens to the grave because of these health gaps.

They understand the complexities of holistic health; that a child is healed through mind, body, and spirit. They have a developed love for the blend of traditional and modern medicine.

They want to meet children and families where they are – not where they have been, not where they should be, but where they are and as they are.

They want children to be safe, loved, and supported no matter their circumstances or preconceived limitations.

They dream of advocating for better; individually, locally, and globally.

They want to help. Truly, they just want to HELP.

NOT reasons your school nurse became a school nurse:

They aim to call you off of work and actively deteriorate your sick and personal leave.

They hope to interrupt your work day.

They like to assume they know your child better than you do.

They hope paperwork audited by the state is not turned in by deadlines and exclude the child from school – contributing to more life ruining and personal leave deterioration.

They want to distract the child from learning.

They are ready to have an easy job.

They love confrontation.

Things to know:

Your school nurse doesn’t know everything. They will make mistakes. They don’t have x-ray vision, they don’t have centrifuge stations to draw and run blood. They don’t aim to make mistakes, but they are human and they are learning.

In 30 years they will still be learning.

Your school nurse doesn’t know nothing. They actually know a lot about a lot – but one more time, they are still learning. Most come from intense and specialized worlds. Yes, they’re researching the funky rash that they’ve never seen. But yes, they’ve also seen and done unimaginable medical interventions in their previous worlds. They are capable. They are adaptable. And next time, you can bet your bottoms they’ll know that rash. They are learning.

In 30 years they will still be learning.

Life and death is not dependent on a fever. No, they do not have a fever. Yes, little homie is SICK.

Your child teaches the school nurse more than the school nurse could ever teach your child.

Your school nurse is awake from 2 AM to 5 AM trying to figure out how to better help 800 different families meet the needs of necessary health documentation and safely distribute emergency medications for a vast array of health needs. They know it’s not easy. They know it’s frustrating. They will do anything to help.

Your child worries about you more than you know. They know your meeting schedule, they know medical insurance limitations. They understand what being sick, injured, or going home from school means… and they worry about you, too.

There’s nothing in the world quite like an XL hug.

Unkind words sting hard and linger.

Grace and patience is appreciated beyond measure.

Again: 

There’s nothing in the world quite like an XL hug.

Unkind words sting hard and linger.

Grace and patience is appreciated beyond measure.

But most importantly: 

Your school nurse LOVES your child. Really, really loves your child. Your child’s school nurse may anger you, they may frustrate you. They may be right, they may be wrong. They may ruin your PTO or important presentation. They are still learning. They will always still be learning. But one thing is for sure, they would do anything for your child – absolutely anything for your child.

And coffee.

 

Light & Love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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