It has been 14 years since I started working at Seisen.
I was thrilled to work in the same school my daughter was attending as a student. I thought I knew lots of things about health care having worked in neurological, surgical, and cardiac floors, and also in ICU both in Japan and the US. I quickly, however, found out that I was wrong. There is more to students’ health care than physical illness or injury.
I never knew that working in a school required more medical and psychological knowledge than working in a hospital. School nurses have to make their own decisions on every problem they encounter thus testing their ability and knowledge. I need to spend much of my time to acquire new knowledge to take care of our students properly. However, I can honestly say that being a school nurse, especially in an international school setting, is very challenging but the most rewarding job I ever had. There are never dull moments in the infirmary since something is happening all the time. It may be younger students crying or screaming because of scratches or scrapes they got, high school students stressed out from studying needing to sleep in a bed, or an ambulance being called because of a severe injury or illness that needs an immediate attention by a doctor. I am pretty sure that I am the highest record holder of riding in an ambulance with students to emergency rooms.
Over the years I have worked in Seisen, I strongly believe that “healthy children learn better”. My ultimate goal as a school nurse is to keep our students safe and healthy so that they can stay in classrooms.
In addition to being a school nurse and a member of the Health and Safety Committee, I teach PSHE classes for high school students regularly and health classes for the elementary school students when asked. Teaching is another big challenge. Trying to teach students to care about their own health takes much preparation, but worth it so that they learn to take care of their physical and psychological health.
For the last 14 years, I have seen many students and teachers come and go, but one thing that does not change is that Seisen is always a caring community in supporting our students’ well being. That’s what I like about Seisen and am very proud to be a member of the Seisen community.