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Kids/Counselors: “Wait, are you a camper?” or “Hey, are you a counselor?”

Me: “No, I am a nurse!”

Pediatric Nurses Week (October 7th-11th) was a few weeks ago and had me reflecting on camp and my career as a pediatric nurse. The conversation above pretty much summed up my first experience at Big Shots Camp back in June. Still not sure four months later if I should have been embarrassed or flattered, but I mostly just laugh. I mean, I guess I shouldn’t be all that surprised since I definitely participated in the slip-and-slide and that crazy climbing tower. This is one of the many reasons why I love being a pediatric nurse: having an excuse to participate in fun activities without being told I’m too old and also getting to wear overly festive things around holidays (currently wearing a Halloween scrub top and large candy corn earrings).

On a professional note, for those of you who don’t know me I am the Pediatric Nurse at EDCC. When I first started in mid-2017, I was overwhelmed by all of calls I was receiving from school nurses and staff. A majority of these calls revolved around basic diabetes care and I felt there needed to be a way to help school staff feel more comfortable caring for students in the school setting. Working with DYS, we were able to create other programs outside of the in-school training program. Back in 2018 we were able to start an annual training conference for school staff. So far at both conferences there have been around 80 participants from all across Ohio and Michigan (yay!!). A couple months ago, DYS approached me about presenting monthly educational webinars. Currently, I am rotating presentations on care in the school setting and sick day guidelines for home and/or school. I hope that I will be able to work on presentations for other topics (feedback and suggestions are greatly appreciated!). For more information or to sign up, check out the School Support tab on the website dys4kids.org. The webinars are welcome to all school staff and parents/guardians.