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that the school nurse was using
every opportunity to teach the stu-
dent about management of their
illness. It is common for the SN to
provide classroom health instruc-
tions for faculty and students
about how to stay healthy. They
work closely with parents to pro-
vide support and education about
their child's illness that includes
follow up after students are sent
home with an illness.
It was evident during my inter-
views that these school nurses care
about their students. One school
nurse told me, "my students are
the reason I get out of bed and
come to work." Another said, "I
care deeply for students and want
to keep them healthy and keep
them in school." I was impressed
and deeply moved by the care and
concern these nurses showed for
their students. Since doing this
interview, I have gained a deep
appreciation of school nurses and
the nursing care they provide. The
amount of responsibility of their
position is enormous, yet not one
of the interviewees complained
about their role. They all voiced a
sense of pride in what they do.
One said, "If I can make a differ-
ence in the life of just one child, it
is all worth is to me." In order for
schools to be effective, we need
healthy students. School nurses
help students stay in school, stay
healthy, and perform to the best of
their abilities. GISD can be very
proud of their school nurses and
the role they play in the lives of
children, parents, faculty, and
National Association of School
Nurses. (2002). School Nursing
to Celebrate 100 years of Chil-
Stanhope, M., & Lancaster, J.
(2007). Public Health Nursing.
(6th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mos-
Marilyn Duran is a registered
nurse and an assistant professor
in the nursing department at Tar-
leton State University (TSU). She
has worked as a clinical nurse in
the hospital and has taught nurs-
ing in public and private universi-
ties in Texas and Arkansas. Duran
received a PhD in health studies
from Texas Women 's University.
Her research focus is in the pre-
vention and management
of chronic diseases.
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