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May 12, 2010


Lisa Minor

Thank you all so much for the well wishes for school nurse day wishes. Thank you for sharing your information. I am currently a school nursing supervisor.I have a couple of questions and would love some feedback. Right now, in this diverse population, it can be difficult at times to communicate a medical need or concern about a student with the parent when they don’t speak English. I try to be most compassionate and understanding but sometimes the parent still does not understand and I become frustrated. Even though I am a nurse in a school setting, I am ultimately teaching parents and students about medical problems, good handwashing,and so on. How do you handle this when you are in this situation where you have a point to get across and it just isn’t happening? I look forward to any responses. Lisa Minor


Lisa, you bring up many challenging issues that face most if not all school nurses. And as you know, the reality is that the job requirements for school nurses is completely different than a nurse in a hospital setting. I'd recommend you reach out to your professional association (http://www.nasn.org) because they have excellent resources and networking opportunities to share joint challenges and experiences. And if you'd like to reach out to us more directly, you can contact me at mark (at) healthyschoolscampaign (dot) org.


Lisa Minor

Thanks Mark for getting back to me. It is ironic that you mention NASN because I am actually a member. That is a great idea to link up to them and get some valuable resources. Your feedback is most appreciated.
Lisa Minor

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