New and Uncharted Territory

The Covid 19 pandemic has changed the world as we know it. Nothing is the same as it was, and nothing will ever be the same after this. From the way we shop, to the way we enjoy sports, to the way we educate our children.

My job description has been completely upended, and I am still struggling to figure out what it means to be a school nurse in these unprecedented times we face. So much of my day is spent with my students, face to face.

I am there for the random health questions. I assess body language and try to figure out when there are underlying issues. I am helping kids learn how to live with chronic diseases. Sometimes I am just a listening ear for everyday teen issues. Sometimes I am the only medical professional these kids will see.

But now what? How do I sufficiently do my job from home? Yes, I can post information on my school page. I can make phone calls to check in with the parents. But what about the kid who stops in for “just a bandaid”, but is really there to have a conversation with someone who will listen? How do I maintain the relationships that I have been working so hard to build over the past 1-4 years?

I realize mine is not the only job experiencing this confusion and sense of loss. Teachers are facing the same hardships on top of having to completely reorganize their curriculum. I take my hat off to them for their ability to take what little resources they have and turn this situation into a positive learning experience.

I also want to take a moment to thank the amazing nutrition and transportation departments of the school system. In many areas, they are still reporting to sites to ensure that all of our kids are still being fed.

I know this hasn’t been my most cohesive piece, but it has been a comfort to write for the sake of having some normalcy back in my routine. So stay healthy and wash your hands.

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