What is this thing called a blog?

by SKHC Editor on April 27, 2006


My name is Twyla Lato, RN, BSN, NCSN, and I am the School District Nurse for a suburban community in southeast Wisconsin. I am also a past president of the Wisconsin Association of School Nurses. I have been asked by School Kids Healthcare, a local company, to contribute to the exchange of ideas and stories on challenges that we encounter everyday in our practice. I encourage you to participate, provide feedback and post your stories. Together, we can make a difference!

This is not a personal endorsement of School Kids Healthcare or their products, but I do hope that the opportunity they have provided will be a good forum to discuss the current issues school nurses face in providing health services to our nation’s children.

Look for my first posting on a current school nurse topic in the next couple of days.




Gene A. Wright April 28, 2006 at 6:26 pm

Congratulations on the launch of your website and blog!

It is great to see forward thinking branding actions.

Gene A. Wright
Adjunct Professor
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Rader School of Business

Willa L. Fisher, R.N. May 16, 2006 at 10:18 am

I am glad I have found this site. It provides info that young children can understand and helps alleviate their fears. As for school nursing it can be a very challenging job. First of all there needs to be more parent involvement. So many parents, for whatever reason – lack of knowledge, resources, insurance, etc. – they seem so apathetic. Asthmatics are not properly medicated, supplies are not sent to school for diabetics (the school first aid budget is quite small each year) and the school cannot afford to purchase these types of supplies.  I have been a school nurse for 16 years and I am seeing more and more emotionally distraught children who need counseling – the rate of stomachaches and headaches has tripled since I started. 

The role of the school nurse is changing constantly and not always for the better.
I try to end each day knowing I have done everything I could, in good conscience, following the Nurse Practice Act to the best of my ability. I know some blunders crept in and hopefully I have learned from these mistakes and start again the next day, a new day.  To end on a positive note, it is the best kind of nursing. I feel much rewarded by what I do. 

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