By Laura Raines, Pulse editor
• Job: Consulting nurse, Cobb County public schools
• What I do: “I oversee the licensed school nurses in 18 to 20 schools in Cobb County. A good part of my week is spent visiting schools and training new nurses, teachers and staff.
“Teachers have a lot on their plates, so when I schedule training about diabetes or asthma, the reaction is often, ‘Oh, not another training.’
“Later they say, ‘I didn’t know that.’ It gets them thinking about how to help their students in other ways.
“School nurses handle the day-to-day illnesses and emergencies. I’m here as another pair of eyes, a backup, and I put systems in place to help their jobs go smoother.”
• What got me interested in this: “I was an ICU hospital nurse in New Jersey [and] found that a school nurse schedule worked better after I had children. I discovered I loved pediatrics.