The Students

I really enjoy the students in my school. There are medically fragile students that I provide care for everyday and give medications and they have feeding tubes, some have seizures quite often and some simply require a lot of care.  But I really don’t mind. I enjoy taking care of them. I’m doing for them what they cannot do for themselves. It’s real nursing with various procedures that must be performed, giving prescribed medications and taking care of emergency situations.

I also enjoy the students who walk and talk. There are no 2 students that are the same. They’re each so different and unique and they all have their own strengths. Some students have cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, brain damage. There doesn’t seem to be a limit on diagnosis for these kids. And there doesn’t seem to be a limit to what they can learn to do.

We have frequent flyers just like any other school; meaning students who are literally always in the nurse’s office. We have some who we see on a daily basis because they want the attention and that’s ok. They usually have a very small abrasion on an arm or leg if they’re wearing shorts and they always want a band aid. Band aids and water from the water cooler cure quite a large amount of ailments. It’s amazing. Of course I have my favorites. There are some who simply crawl in your heart and take up residence there. And there are some parents who you just click with.  Being Thomas’ mom I I can relate to so many parents. I know what it’s like to have complete trust in other people to provide care for your child. It’s difficult to get to that point. I get that, I really do.

I never thought I would have a job that I enjoy as much as I do this one. Never mind a job in the field of nursing. My next class for my bachelors begins on May 28. I decided to take a short break after my last class ended. I can wait for the next class to start, it’s been nice to have nothing I have to do after work or on the weekends.

I’m off tomorrow because of plans we have for the Memorial Day weekend. It’s the first time I’ve taken a day off except when my father passed away a year and a half ago. I don’t mind not taking days off, I mean I’m on the same schedule as the schools so I’m off for Christmas break, February break, Easter break, please…that is more than enough time off.


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