The Lincoln and Sylvan-Lucas school districts welcomed a shared school nurse at the start of the 2015-16 school year, Elizabeth Sheldon. She took some time to answer questions about her new role in the county school districts recently via e-mail. Her answers are below:
Name and family information?: Elizabeth Sheldon, happily married to Joseph Sheldon and we have two wonderful daughters, Ethney and Ivee.
Hometown, and current city you reside in?: I was born and raised in Chandler, Ariz., for 21 years. Live now just outside of Lincoln on the Sheldon family farm.
Education: Graduated from Chandler High School in 1999. Graduated from Colby Community College in 2007 with my RN.
You are serving as the school nurse for both USD 298 and 299. How much time will you spend at each school?: I am at Lincoln Elementary Monday, Wednesday, Friday, from 7:30 a.m.-Noon; Lincoln Junior/Senior High Wednesday, Noon-3:30 p.m. I am in Lucas at the elementary school on Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m.-Noon, and at Sylvan-Lucas Unified Junior/Senior High School on Thursdays, 7:30 a.m.-Noon.
Is this your first year as a school nurse? If not, where else have you worked in nursing? This is my first year as a school nurse. I have worked in the hospital and clinic setting prior to this.
What do you enjoy most about being a school nurse? I enjoy being the school nurse because of the kids. I love helping kids!
What are some things that parents should be doing to help keep their kids well as we head into cold and flu season? The best things to remember for cold and flu season is get a flu shot, keep the kids well rested, drink plenty of water, and keep hands well washed. If your child has a fever 99.6 and above keep them home from school and other activities.
How do you feel about your job and the community? It truly is an honor and a privilege to be the school nurse to both these districts. My goal is keep the kids as healthy as possible and help them realize how special and unique they are.