Thank You School Nurses!


We our thankful Winter Park Health Foundation partners with Orange County Public Schools to ensure every Winter Park Consortium School has a licensed nurse. We believe nurses are vital to ensuring children are healthy and ready to learn.

National Association of School Nurses shared this letter from a parent about how her school nurse was a great comfort to her, “Thankfully, we know our children have a life jacket: you, our school nurse. In measured doses, you give us parents peace of mind and keep our little ones afloat.”

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Dear School Nurse,
Panic set in when my son was diagnosed with diabetes at 9 years old. Chase required a new diet, a new language, and an unfamiliar medical regime. And what I was least prepared for was leaving him in someone else’s charge. How could Chase go to school for seven hours without me watching over him?

The compassion, ability, and sheer brilliance of Chase’s school nurse were a great comfort to me. She was available to Chase during all hours of the school day and already knew how best to care for him. Moreover, she took the time to assuage my anxieties, explaining his routine and a plan for emergencies. She educated teachers and staff right away so that they would be confidently prepared to teach a child with diabetes. During school, I knew Chase was under the watchful eye of his school nurse, and instead of the school day becoming a time of fear for me, it became a time to breathe easier.

Not all children live with chronic diseases. But all parents still worry. Every morning as we send our sons and daughters into the choppy, swirling waters of public school, it is counter intuitive for us to walk willingly away from our children. Parents want to hang on; we want to go where our children go.

Thankfully, we know our children have a life jacket: you, our school nurse. In measured doses, you give us parents peace of mind and keep our little ones afloat.

And as our kids grow through adolescence and enter adulthood, you are there. Their needs change and you comply. You keep them safe on the tennis courts and on the wrestling mats. You watch over them on field trips and at blood drives. You provide for their growing needs by offering screenings, referrals, and health education. You keep them ready to learn!

When we visit your office to pick up our sick child or drop off medicines, we see the stacks of paperwork. We realize that every time we sign one document, you sign many more. Even still, we know that much of your work is done below the waters, unbeknownst to us.

We know that most of your efforts go unrecognized and, many days, you might feel unappreciated. We hope the daily whirlpool of activity provides you with satisfaction. Your career is worthwhile, your time is well-spent, and your ripples are far-reaching.

So, on School Nurses Day, on behalf of all caregivers, we’d like to say “Thank You.” As you deal with the physical ailments, the emotional scars, the mental anxiety, the hunger pains, and so much more…we applaud you. We applaud your intelligence, your patience, your time, and your compassion. Thank you for protecting and strengthening our children’s lives and enhancing their learning environment. Thank you for always keeping our children afloat. Your impact is felt and appreciated.

On behalf of moms and dads everywhere, THANK YOU for a job well done!

How to Say No to a Child and Mean It

Whether you tell your child he can’t go outside and play because it’s too cold, or you say no when he asks to go a friend’s house before he’s finished his homework, hearing the word ‘no’ once in a while can be good for kids. It sets a clear boundary and when used appropriately, shows you care.

There are many ways to tell a child no, but not all of them are effective. If you say no to your child, it’s important to show that you mean it.

Give a Definitive Answer

When you mean no, make your answer definitive.  Say it in a firm, authoritative manner to show that you mean business.

Offer a Short Explanation

A short explanation about why you’re saying no can turn your refusal into a learning experience.

Make it Clear You Won’t Cave In

No matter how much whining, begging, or pleading your child does, don’t give in.

Follow Through with Consequences When Necessary

If your child’s behavior becomes disruptive, follow through with a consequence.

Deal with Your Emotions in a Healthy Way

Remind yourself that it’s OK for your child to experience uncomfortable emotions, like sadness and disappointment. In fact, saying no to your child’s requests give him an opportunity to practice dealing with his feelings in a socially appropriate manner.

Make Sure You’re Saying Yes Often

Saying no to all of your child’s requests can be harmful. Kids need the opportunity to explore different places and try new things. So it’s important that you grant your child permission to do the things that are good for his development.

Source:  VeryWell