I graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in ’91. After graduation I joined an amazing team of Nurses at Providence Hospital working in Pediatric Intensive Care and later in Interventional Radiology. When our third son turned a year old (1999), I made the move to School Nursing and never looked back.
As a school nurse with 21 years’ experience, I have learned a great deal from my peers and continue education opportunities through memberships in organizations such as Texas School Nurses Organization (TSNO) & National Association of School Nurses (NASN). These organizations inspired a desire within me to seek National Certification as a School Nurse in 2017.
I was nominated to attend a program at Rutgers in New Jersey (2009), as a result I am a Fellow of Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Program. This networking opportunity has provided me access to Health Office teaching supplies and campus perimeter Safety Supplies through several grants over the years. The amazing Parent Teachers Association presented me with the Lifetime Membership Award in 2012.
The 2019-2020 school year presented new challenges for school nursing. For example, a more stringent immunization review became the norm, due to a significant outbreak of measles. Telemedicine was a new initiative in El Paso ISD. On August 3, 2019, a historic tragic event occurred in El Paso. A young man assassinated over 20 citizens in a local Walmart. MacArthur MS become the Reunification site and I spent over ten hours assisting families to reconnect with each other. It was humbling to see the number of School Nurses (active and retired) that responded to this catastrophic experience. They brought their expertise, supplies, and positive attitudes to the scene in support for their community.
I am proud of my profession and embrace the way we contribute to the support of our communities. What I saw once as challenges, I now see as opportunities to help those in need. It is an honor to be nominated as a prospect for the 2019 Texas School Nurse of the year. I appreciate the consideration.