School Nurses’ Resilience Through The COVID – 19 Pandemic
At the Core of Care is back with a new special series highlighting access to care. In this episode, PA Action Coalition Executive Director Sarah Hexem Hubbard speaks with three school nurses in Pennsylvania about their experience as a school nurse during the pandemic.
Tracey Glynn-Roulinavage, a registered nurse with more than twenty years of experience, works within the Wilkes-Barre Area School District in northeastern Pennsylvania. She transitioned from acute care hospitals to school nursing four years ago and currently works at Heights Murray Elementary School.
Wendy Robison is a certified school nurse within the Western Beaver County School District in western Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of the 2021 School Nurse Excellence Award from the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners (PASNAP). In addition to working as a school nurse, she serves as a nurse practitioner in an urgent care clinic during weekends, holidays, and the summer.
Diane Shannon is a school nurse at Kennett Middle School in southeastern Pennsylvania and has been a school nurse the past 23 years. She is also the nurse coordinator for the Kennett Consolidated School District in Chester County and served as the district’s pandemic coordinator this past year, having recognized for her work as a nurse leader with the 2021 School Nurse Excellence Award from PASNAP.
Throughout this episode, these three nurses disclose how their experience from this past year and their work before becoming a school nurse helped them respond to the pandemic’s demands on schools.