Graves County School District recognizes its school nurses, their work during National School Nurse Day, Week 2018
“The Graves County School District has a wonderful nursing staff, stationed at all our schools throughout the district,” said director of pupil personnel Christy Puckett. “We’re very proud of that and commend our board of education for committing to staffing school nurse positions because they fill a vital need. They provide a variety of services to our students throughout the day. Their efforts help increase our attendance, by providing the health care students need, when and if they become sick. They provide training and information to faculty, staff, and parents, when needed. They also do a phenomenal job of collecting, maintaining, and updating health and immunization records.”
“Since 1972, National School Nurse Day has been set aside to recognize school nurses. (It) was established to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurse Week and National Nurse Week is always May 6th through May 12th,” all according to the National School Nurses Association on-line at https://www.nasn.org/advocacy/school-nurse-day.
“I still consider myself new to the school nursing world and a lot of preconceived ideas many people have are not at all what it really is like,” said Sarah Wilson, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, the district health coordinator, and Graves High’s school nurse. “A lot of people think it’s Tylenol, Band-Aids, hugs and kisses. Some of it is that. However, there are many students with specific health issues and we can do anything from taking care of a seizure to pulling a splinter out of a finger within the span of ten minutes.”
Graves County Schools nurses are stationed throughout the district, ready to help in any situation, from daily routines to emergency situations. Pictured here, from left, with their names, credentials, and the primary school at which each serves, are (front row) Syvillia Brown, Registered Nurse, Graves County Middle School; Nancy Miller, RN, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Sedalia; Laura Dillard, RN, BSN, Fancy Farm; Kim Saxon, Licensed Practical Nurse, Farmington; (back row) Sarah Wilson, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and district health coordinator, Graves County High School; Kara McMullen, RN, Wingo and elementary school coordinator; Gary Woods, RN, Lowes and Symsonia; and LaTresa Badger, RN, BSN, substitute nurse at various schools.
(photo by Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools)