As a high school nurse, I've worked hard over the last few years to help my three students with CF navigate school safely. A welcome but unexpected change to my plans was helping one of my students get her very own service dog, Rosie.
Rachel was a school nurse at Walpole High School in Walpole, Mass for nine years. She recently moved schools and will begin her role as a school nurse at Charles River School in Dover, Mass later this summer. She earned her master's degree in education and has many years of acute care experience and expertise in pediatrics, maternal and child health (MCH) home visit nursing, and hospice. Rachel has wanted to be a nurse since she was very young, and her aspirations were only confirmed later in life when she became good friends with a classmate who had CF. Recently, she has been faced with the challenge of accommodating three students with CF who will attend the high school together. Email Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About a year and a half ago, I started preparing for three students with cystic fibrosis at the school where I work as a school nurse. Here's an update on how things have been going.
As a high school nurse responsible for 1,200 students — three of whom have cystic fibrosis — I'm finding this upcoming school year to be particularly challenging. Here is how I implemented a plan of action to keep each student safe while balancing their specific needs.