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    Celebrating National School Nurses Day
    Posted on 05/08/2019
    A group of nurses pose for a photo at a training event

    Celebrating National School Nurses Day

    Nurses at Seattle Public Schools are essential members of the school community. Their presence in a school can help students feel safe, as they are the first line of care when a student needs medical assistance. As we celebrate National School Nurses Day on May 8, 2019, we recognize the contributions of our school nurses in the lives of students and families.

    For some students and families, school nurses are the individuals they are most closely connected with at the school, as some students have chronic medical conditions that require constant monitoring. For example, there are students that are medically fragile or have complex medical conditions and have individualized health plans directed by the student’s pediatrician. Management of this plan and communication with parents and school staff about this plan all falls under the purview of school nurses. Their roles are critical in promoting a healthy learning environment for these students that require additional supports to succeed in school.

    Some school nurses are also the connectors between schools and families, especially for families that speak languages other than English. When some families at Thurgood Marshall and Orca K-8 receive a call from the nurses’ office, they hear a familiar language speaking to them on the other end. The following languages are represented through the Seattle Public Schools’ nurse force: Amharic, Chinese, Danish, Kikuyu, Korean, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, and Tigrigna.

    Ladan Mohamed poses for a photo in a school hallwayLadan Mohamed (BASW, LPN) is a Somali-American nurse at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, who is very familiar with her school, neighborhood, and cultural communities. Ladan is a product of Seattle Public Schools, attending Thurgood Marshall, Meany Middle School, and Garfield High School. “Being around students make me happy,” she says. “I’m glad to be there for them.”

    She recognizes that the families in the school appreciate her presence, as it makes the school environment more welcoming. Prior to working as a school nurse, she worked at Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA), as a behavior health counselor. Ladan has strong connections with Somali and other families due to her language and cultural knowledge.

    All throughout the district, school nurses such as Ladan are making a difference in the lives of students and families every day. We honor your commitment to ensuring our students are healthy, safe, and ready to learn, and we are so grateful for your service.