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Celebrating National School Nurse Day

Celebrating National School Nurse Day

May 8 is National School Nurse Day! National School Nurse Day was established in 1972 as a way to foster a better understanding of the role school nurses play in the educational setting. Across the district, school nurses are on site each day helping students feel safe and healthy in their school environment. 

Lorena Rubio Lopez-Rice Lake Elementary School

Nurse smiling at the camera

Lorena Rubio Lopez became a nurse because she felt a passion to help others after going through a traumatic experience where she was unable to help when she was young. She has worked in the district as a school nurse for five years. She started as a float nurse, experiencing working with students of all ages before ending up at Rice Lake Elementary School.

“It is something about the kids that drove me to being a school nurse,” Rubio Lopez said. “My favorite thing about elementary school students is their mind. They really have a great imagination. I can see where their imagination comes from and their kindness.”

Rubio Lopez sees about 50 to 60 kids each day. She wants to be a part of making students’ experience at school welcoming.

“My favorite part of my job is working with the kids and having them say ‘thank you, you have helped me so much.’ If they get hurt over the weekend, they come and tell me about it on Monday and check in to make sure they are okay. Their trust is so special,” Rubio Lopez said.

In her free time, Rubio Lopez enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time with her family and hosting.

Katie Phillips-Osseo Middle School

Nurse smiling at the camera

Katie Phillips has worked in the medical field for years, working as a nursing assistant and medical assistant before becoming a registered nurse, working with patients of all ages. In her first year as school nurse at Osseo Middle School, she has really enjoyed the chance to get to work with children again. 

“My favorite part about my job is the personable interactions with the kids. I really like the face to face helping them out. If they have a problem, I can help them in any way so that they can get back to class,” Phillips said.

Phillips enjoys working with students in middle school because they are at a transitory part of their lives and so open to learning. 

“There is a big education piece to it. Kids are just learning about themselves and about their bodies. Part of your job as a nurse is to be an educator,” said Phillips. 

In her free time, Phillips enjoys playing with her children outdoors and at the park.