“For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: It also depends on what sort of a person you are.”
— C.S. Lewis
Among the most enjoyable aspects of being a School Nurse is the opportunity to develop relationships with, and become a mentor to new colleagues. I am especially thrilled that my nephew’s wife, a bright and accomplished young woman, has chosen to become a School Nurse. As we talked about the beginning of the year, her enthusiasm was contagious. She is the sort of person who will continue to passionately advocate for those with whom she works. There is a profound difference in her perspective now, however. In the past, as an Oncology Nurse she primarily championed the cause of those fighting cancer. We in School Nursing, on the other hand, have a plethora of opportunities to develop and share our passions. Each month there are countless causes which capture our interest, ignite a spark and enable us to work productively to improve the lives of the children and families we care for. One only needs to look at our website to find some inspiration: September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month. However, it is National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month, Sports Eye Safety Month and National Sickle Cell Month as well. Also during this month, National Suicide Awareness Week is held September 5-11, 2016, and Malnutrition Awareness Week is held September 26-30, 2016.
So, as School Nurses where we stand is in the middle of a microcosm of our world. We no longer stand face to face in battle with a single enemy or espouse a single cause. Each day our children face new challenges that can negatively impact their ability to learn, whether it be health issues like diabetes and asthma or situations like poverty and hunger. Let’s acknowledge where we stand, see and hear the needs of our students, and be the sort of nurses who care passionately and intelligently for our students.
Carol Bumbolow MS, BA, RN