School Nurse News
The FWISD Health Services Department is charged with the responsibility of the health of the school child while he is under school jurisdiction. A goal of the FWISD School Health Services Department is to prepare the pupil upon maturity to assume the responsibility for his/ her own health and the health of others.
I graduated from University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. I began my nursing career as a Labor and Delivery nurse at Arlington Memorial Hospital. I joined the FWISD Health Services Department never suspecting I would love school nursing, but I did. This is the 30th year I have been with the Fort Worth ISD. I have serviced students in elementary, middle school and high school. I have had many roles throughout my career with Health Services. I have served as a mentor to new nurses, as a lead pyramid nurse and assisted the FWISD Health Services Department by being one of two school nurses to pilot the Asthma 411 program. With the help of our amazing I.M. Terrell administration and staff, we have achieved the Heart Safe School Designation for our campus.
The school nurse, a health specialist, is the member of the total education team who is primarily concerned with the whole student; his optimal physical, mental, emotional and social development.
The primary objective of school nursing is to strengthen the educational process of all students by assisting them in improving or adapting to their health status. In collaboration with other educators, the school nurse coordinates the school health program contributing significantly to the full attainment of health and education potential of each individual student.