What’s it Like Being a School Nurse?

Kai Blankenship, Media Chief

Q:  How did you become a school nurse?

A: “I’ve been a nurse for 25 years and I was looking for better hours than I had at the hospital. I came from the surgery center. I came from the surgery center. That was my job 11 years prior. It’s better hours and I have the summers off.”


Q: How many kids do you see daily?

A: “Probably about close to 100.”

Q: What’s your favorite part of your job?

A: “Seeing the kids. Interacting with the kids. You get to know them. Especially the frequent fliers. It’s fun to joke around with them.”

Q: Can you tell when kids are faking being sick?

A: “Yes. A lot of kids think we can’t but we can. You just have to take their word for it. We don’t ever really call them out. We just take their word for it.The most common excuses are nausea and stomach aches.”

Q: What is the craziest thing you have dealt with as a school nurse?

A: “The pregnancy. There was a girl that came in around four years ago and didn’t tell us she was in labor. She came in and was in labor and didn’t tell us. She had a blanket and you couldn’t tell she was pregnant. It wasn’t like someone you could obviously tell she was pregnant and we missed it. She came in at around 1:55. She came in at the end of the day, told us she had cramps and just asked to lay down. When the bell rang she got up and left. A couple of days later Mr. Begley called us asking us if we saw a pregnant girl in labor down here. Apparently she left here and went and had her baby.”