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 May 7 Is National School Nurse Day

​School nurses have to play a lot of roles in their job.

Sometimes they’re working as an emergency room nurse would. Other times they need to be more like a social work, psychologist, teacher, detective, advocate or community organizer.

Since today is National School Nurse Day, it’s a good day to thank them for all that they do.

At the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), we have Jeanne Salvadori, the school nursing services program specialist who works with school nurses and educators from throughout the county.

When she was still in college, studying to be a nurse, she realized that she wanted to work with children.

“I love the kids,” she said. “That’s the essence of it, really liking kids and wanting to be around them.”

After working in Milwaukee and Carlsbad, she came to SDCOE in 2006. In her current position, she supports other school nurses by organizing meetings and workshops, sharing information, and connecting them with resources.

Salvadori has more than 30 years of nursing experience and a master’s degree in educational leadership. She said it was important for her to have a deeper understanding of education in addition to health.

“School nurses are sort of the bridge between the medical world and the world of education,” she said.

And school nurses are becoming increasingly important, as the number of students with chronic health problems such as asthma, diabetes and severe allergies increases, she said.

Happy National School Nurse Day, Jeanne. Thank you for all that you do for the kids.