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The Relentless School Nurse: This is not sustainable

The early weeks of the new school year have seen an escalation of COVID positive cases in students and staff. This follows the predictable...

The Relentless School Nurse: Reaching a tipping point

I am honored by the number of school nurses from across the country who reach out to me to share their COVID challenges. It...

The Relentless School Nurse: an unsettled feeling

I am feeling so unsettled that words are not flowing for me. Usually, my blog posts almost write themselves, but not this time. The...

The Relentless School Nurse: Battered, But Still Standing

I came across this parking sign while visiting a Rutgers University school nursing student in her practicum. It was encouraging to see a parking...

The Relentless School Nurse: If we don’t ask, the answer is always NO!

School nurses have an unprecedented opportunity to request funds from the American Rescue Plan be allocated for school health services. School districts across the country are...

The Relentless School Nurse: The ‘Wild West’ of School Years is Ending

Being a school nurse during COVID has often felt like being in “The Wild West.” This illustration, created by artist Sofie Rasmussen, the daughter...

The Relentless School Nurse: On the latest Future of Nursing report

Late one evening in the spring of 2019 Dr. Susan Hassmiller called to invite me to present to the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 committee...

The Relentless School Nurse: Feeling simultaneously empowered and disempowered

When I power up the Zoom room for my bi-weekly school nurse support groups, I am never sure who will join me and what...

The Relentless School Nurse: One Year Into the Pandemic

I spent part of last weekend re-reading my blog posts from exactly one year ago. How naive I was, thinking that the lockdown would...

The Relentless School Nurse: CDC School Re-Opening Guidelines

The newest CDC guidance: Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation Updated Feb. 12, 2021, is hot off the presses and under intense scrutiny....

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