Saturday, August 29, 2020

Moms Who Care

It Takes A Village

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Hopefully Helpful School Nurse Tip:  It truly does take a village!  My students, school families, and staff are bless beyond measure to have the wonderful non for profit volunteer group- Moms Who Care at our school on a weekly basis!  

Moms Who Care Mission

Their mission is simple- Their impact is huge!

Helping students achieve success by meeting essential needs such as:
clothing, hygiene products, school supplies, and after school snacks.

Are you a school nurse who:

  • collects stacks of  clothes in your office cabinet "just in case"?
  • keeps a hidden stash of school supplies for students who need them?
  • keeps snacks for certain students you know will be hungry later in the day?
  • desperately wants to help more students meet their essential needs, but feel like you don't have enough time in the day?

Those statements described me, The School Nurse, years & years ago!

Then, one crisp fall day in 2009, the future founder of Moms Who Care (MWC)
worked up some courage, called the high school and asked if there was a staff member who would be interested in receiving gift bags full of hygiene products for students?

Thankfully, whoever answered the phone that day transferred the call directly to the school nurse's office! Little did the caller know, the service she offered was highly needed and we immediately took her up on the generous offer; and so, our village started!

At the time (2009) of the call, I had a large wooden cabinet in my office with curtains hanging on tension rods covering shelves overflowing with clothes, shoes, socks, hygiene products & a few random snacks for students. You can see in the below picture how my office looked many days. The floor covered with random donations waiting to be sorted and put on the shelves. The shelves were hidden behind the checkered curtains on the bottom right of the photo.

Now (2020), after offering services for over a decade to thousands of students,
my school family has a committed group of volunteers with the MWC organization who have a large room in the school (with windows) full of clothing displayed on department store style fixtures with custom shelving units lined with shoes, hygiene products, snacks and school supplies! 

They also have a separate storage room for off season supplies with an area to sort through donations and organize items. All donations are graciously given by generous community membersTo say my students are blessed is an understatement.

Although the logistics of the program have changed over the years, 
the Moms Who Care mission has remained the same.

To help students achieve success by meeting essential needs such as:
clothing, hygiene products, school supplies, and after school snacks. 

Typically, students who participate with the MWC program qualify for the free/reduced meal program. However, students are never turned away;
there are so many scenarios where a student might benefit from participating in the program and we would never want to deny help to a student who might benefit from the program.

Moms Who Care focuses on serving the student as a whole person.

The MWC volunteers understand when the basic needs of the student are met, 
then the students are more prepared and ready to learn.  Students who are signed up shop monthly by grade level.  They are also allowed to go down as needed for specific items even if it isn't their assigned week to "shop".

For More Information Visit the MWC Website here

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Sample School Nurse Interview Questions

I'm interviewing for a school nurse job!
Now What?

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You had the courage to apply for a school nurse position 
during this uncertain, exciting and challenging time. (pandemic 2020)

Hopefully Helpful School Nurse Tip: Being prepared for an interview is an interview skill. Use time to be as prepared as possible and help yourself stand out from the other applicants.

Of all the applicants-
 you received a call to schedule an interview!

After the butterflies settle you might be asking yourself - Now What? 

If you've never worked as a school nurse before then 
you might be wondering how to prepare for your interview.

Being prepared should help you stand out from the other applicants.
Hopefully you'll get a call back and a second interview or better yet-

After receiving multiple emails & Fb messages with the same questions, I decided to write this fun booklet! Check it out :)

How can I prepare for my upcoming school nurse interview?

What questions should I expect to be asked at my school nurse interview?


Were you recently interviewed for a school position?
Please comment some questions you were asked & I will add them to this booklet. 

Best of luck on your upcoming school nurse interview;

I hope this information helps you!

Wondering what supplies you might need for your school nurse office?