Our School’s Helping Hand

An interview with our school nurse, Mary Beirne

Our School's Helping Hand

Q: Do you enjoy being our school nurse, and why?

A: I enjoy being your school nurse, because I am honored to look after all of the students in this school. They are always absolutely lovely. So yes, I do.

Q: Have you gone to nursing school before?

A: Yes, I have.

Q: Was it hard?

A: It was… it was busy. The way college is!

Q: Have you ever hesitated to do something that has to do with the health of a student?

A: No, because when you’re a nurse you are trained to do everything the way it should be done. Sometimes that includes starting to do things, but then calling 911 or instructing someone else to call 911, because the school is not a hospital. The hospital may be the more appropriate place for a person to be. And they may need to get there in a hurry. So sometimes you jump right in, but you ask somebody else to call 911 at the same time, so the person gets attention immediately and is then transferred to where they need to be.

Q: In what serious situation would you have to call 911?

A: “If a person is having a serious allergic reaction to nuts or other things that can cause a serious reaction, then you always call 911 at the same time as you give them special medication.”

Q: Have you ever needed to call 911 in this school before?

A: Yes, I have.

Q: For who?

A: That’s the other thing about the nurse’s office, everything is private.

Q: Would you say being a nurse is easy?

A: It’s very interesting. It’s not easy because I have a lot of responsibility in my hands. All the kids in the school– that’s a big responsibility.

Q: Thank you, that’s all we have time for today.