The school year is coming to a close within the next two months. You should set up an appointment and/or a time to visit with your school nurse to collect all of the things that you left there for the school year regarding your child’s diabetes supplies. You may have this down to a routine but sending an email asking when is an appropriate time might be a good suggestion as well.
At that time, you should take advantage of the situation and also ask her when would be a good time in the fall to come by to look at the upcoming year ahead. Remember that your school nurse deals with hundreds, if not thousands, of kids. Her time may be limited, so be respectful of that fact and work out a time that is good for her and you.
Have a bag or something to carry the ‘stuff’ would be a good idea also. Don’t think that she will have a bag for you, be prepared. And most importantly, do not forget to thank her. You can say it, you can give her a card with a gift certificate, you can bring her flowers, you can do whatever you want but PLEASE make sure you say thank you to your school nurse in some shape or form. I loved the idea of a small gift accompanied by a hand-drawn thank you from your child—-I have always found that so powerful.
There are more common ailments in the school, and more things that happen more frequently, but no disease-state takes up more of the school nurse’s time than a child with T1 diabetes. I get it, she is doing her job. That’s fine. But people so appreciate when they are recognized for a job well done. And to be truthful, we take up a lot of school nurse’s job. And even if YOU THINK they did not do such a great job, or perhaps there was even a little friction this year I say why not try; “Mrs. XYZ, we certainly had some ups and downs this year but I DO appreciate all you did for my child.”……..and you give her a little something….try it…..why not try to show understanding as the year winds down. You will start building for next year.
We had fabulous relationships with all of our school nurses during Kaitlyn and Rob’s school years but there was also a very strong attempt on our side to make it a good relationship. One school nurse even wore the pump for a few days so she would know what Kaitlyn was going through. Nothing ‘good’ just happens. It takes work.
If it has been a bit rocky; why not start to mend. If it is good already, work for it to continue. School Nurses chose this profession for a reason. They are there for your children. They are moms, family members, and (mostly, I know a small percentage of school nurse are men) women just like any other women but they have chosen a most noble field. They spend the most amount of time, outside of you and your family, with your child dealing with T1 diabetes.
Let them know it is appreciated…..I promise you it will go a long way in paving a roadway of harmony and in the long-run; your child will be the one who comes out on top. Think about it……..say thank you in a way you feel comfortable.
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