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September 23, 2013

5 questions with Mrs. Smith

Students at Paton know Lisa Smith as the person they can count on to help them when they get the occasional boo-boo or bout of feeling icky.  But how well do you know Mrs. Smith?

Mrs. Smith as been a registered nurse for more than 20 years, and a school nurse for almost a decade.  We asked her five questions to get a closer look at what inspires Mrs. Smith’s love for her job, and the Paton community.

How did you get into nursing? 

I was one of those people who knew what she wanted to do right from the start.  A neighbor of mine growing up was a nurse and I thought she had the best job.  I would watch her going to work each day in her crisp, clean white uniform and her “cap” and I knew that is what I wanted to do.   It is probably thanks to my neighbor Margie for inspiring me to pursue a career in nursing.

So you always knew you wanted to be a school nurse?

Nursing is a wonderful profession with some many opportunities to explore in different fields, working in unique facilities.  When I finished nursing school, I worked at Hahnemann Hospital primarily with adults.  It was an amazing experience and solidified my decision of why I became a nurse.

The turning point for me to prepare for my future with children and education came when a young college freshman came into the hospital with a new diagnosis of diabetes.  She was very sick and very scared and her parents wanted her to go back home with them in New York State.  She was determined to stay at college and we worked together to orchestrate the supplies she needed at school, meeting with the college staff, all along teaching her what she needed to do to care for herself.  It was so rewarding to see her return to her dorm, and be independent in her diabetes management.

I started working in most all of the Shrewsbury schools as a substitute nurse and then I became the school nurse at Parker Road Preschool and now at Paton.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

I have to say the most rewarding part of this job has to be the students. It is amazing all the changes that take place with this age group and there are so many opportunities to teach students about healthy and safe behaviors.

What is your favorite movie, and why? 

One of my favorite movies is The Blind Side.  It would have been so easy to turn away from the challenges that faced “Big Mike” and the environment he lived in.  I try not to forget what obstacles students face each day at home and in school and how I can encourage and support students to overcome those challenges to be successful in life.

Complete this sentence: Each day when I head to Paton, I strive to ___________

Each day I head to Paton, I hope to be a positive influence to the children and staff to keep everyone healthy and safe and be an overall positive influence in the school.

Paton School nurse Lisa Smith with her son, Andrew.

Paton School nurse Lisa Smith with her son, Andrew.

Paton School nurse Lisa Smith with her son, Tim.

Paton School nurse Lisa Smith with her son, Tim.

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