Bandaids, Ice and Thermometers Can't Begin to Cover it: Being a School Nurse in the 21st Century

Jan 13, 2020

school nurse Joyce O'Connor
Credit Photo by Kate O'Connell

The usual  or expected teenage angst is exacerbated today by concerns about the planet, affordable college, and the fear of school shootings.  Joyce O'Connor is the school nurse for Mashpee Middle and High Schools. She walks us through the changes  school nursing has made to deal holistially with student health. 

This piece came to us from our production partners at Atlantic Public Media through their media training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole. Kate O'Connell is a graduate of the workshop. You can find out more about the program at

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For information about school nursing visit the National Association of School Nurses:

For information about A.L.I.C.E. drills, the most common form of active shooter drill held in schools across the U.S., visit: