Charleston Women Spring 2022

www. Char l es tonWomenPodcas t . com | www. ReadCW. com | www. I ns tagram. com /Char l es tonWomen with the CCSD three years ago. She’s worked in neonatal nursing, been a pharmaceutical representative and was a nurse manager for 10 years. She describes the work she does as a nursing director as “the perfect mix of her background in medical sales and communication skills.” But it is not an easy job. Because COVID-19 has completely changed nursing everywhere, including in schools, many guidelines are constantly evolving. Still, Nitz claimed the pandemic hasn’t had a totally negative impact for school nurses — the last couple of years have seen both pros and cons. For one thing, Covid allowed parents and the public to really understand the importance of school nurses. “Before, people thought of a school nurse as someone who gives a student a Band-Aid. Now, school nurses are able to shine, and people can see how important they truly are,” Nitz explained. That’s also what the most rewarding part of her job is — Nitz loves to showcase what her department is capable of, especially when helping students and their families. The pandemic has exemplified how essential a school nurse is within each school. Even though there have been positive aspects, school nurses still face significant hardships. The pandemic has brought on extra burdens for nurses trying to ensure their student’s safety, identifying cases and keeping track of feature Pediatric Therapy Services Happy Hearts Therapy works individually with each family to meet their needs and ensure that their child is given the necessary skills to achieve lifelong changes | 843-806-3110 @happyheartstherapy 672 Marina Dr Suite 104, Charleston, SC 29492