May 31, 2014
It is of little comfort to know that a school's lack of a staff nurse played no apparent role in the death of a first grader last week. A child's death is always tragic, and as Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said, "During times of tragedy, our community should not have to question whether an extra staff member or a program would have made a difference. " The seven-year-old Jackson Elementary School student had a congenital heart defect, which can lead to sudden death, medical examiners said.
April 10, 2015 |
Harriet Hillebrand Burns' decision to become a psychiatric nurse was swift. "At her first taste of an autopsy" while a nursing student, her husband John E. Burns recalled, "she said, 'I'm going into psych nursing.' " He suggested that in her career, "if she could be likened to a part of the body, she was a shoulder. " At a Veterans Administration medical center in Los Angeles in the late 1950s and early 1960s where she nursed, he said, "people could confide in her and seek her counsel.
May 14, 2010 |
Gertrude F. Tierney Lavery, 79, of Cherry Hill, a longtime nurse at Cinnaminson High School known for her outgoing and take-charge attitude, died of liver cancer Wednesday, May 12, at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Though Mrs. Lavery's title was registered nurse, she took various other roles at the school: counselor, teacher, even emergency driver. "She was extremely accommodating to kids and went beyond what was expected of her," said teacher Al Sloan, who worked at the school all 26 years Mrs. Lavery was the nurse.
June 10, 2015 |
FOUR YEARS AGO, a Philadelphia school nurse literally breathed life into the lungs of a child in respiratory and cardiac distress. She compressed her chest until medics arrived to take over. The child recovered at CHOP and went on to have a successful heart transplant. The front page story on Christmas Day told of the greatest gift her parents would ever receive - their little girl discharged with a brand new heart. That same week, 50 school nurses were laid off. By year's end the district was operating 100 nurses short.
December 27, 1990 |
A school nurse has sued the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, contending that she was illegally assigned to homeroom and other duties in addition to her nursing job. According to the suit, Bonnie Spangler of Wayne, a nurse in the school district for the last six years, has been assigned to "morning duty" this school year and last in violation of the state Public School Code. Her morning duty involved monitoring the cafeteria at the Swarthmore-Rutledge Elementary School, where pupils await the start of the school day. Spangler's suit, filed Dec. 6, does not seek damages.
October 22, 1999 |
Rebecca Ellen Jones Alderfer, 79, of Hartsville in Bucks County, a retired school nurse known for her compassionate nature, died of lung cancer Sunday in Abington Memorial Hospital. After practicing nursing at the Abington hospital for several years in the 1940s, she earned a bachelor's degree in education from what was then West Chester State Teachers College and became a school nurse. "Thousands of schoolchildren felt her loving touch during her 20 years as a school nurse for the Central Bucks School District," said a son, David Alderfer.
December 29, 2011 |
Mary Ann Sewell doesn't just dispense aspirin and Band-Aids. Sewell, the school nurse at Bok High in South Philadelphia, tends to 187 asthmatic teenagers. She treats insulin-dependent diabetics, kids with cystic fibrosis, sickle-cell anemia, and seizure disorders. As part of its latest round of budget cuts, the Philadelphia School District will lay off 141 employees, including 47 nurses, effective Saturday. Sewell and about 50 others gathered at district headquarters Wednesday to protest.
July 16, 1995 |
Anna C. Heller, 88, a school nurse who gave three decades of service to Mount Holly schools, students and families, died Tuesday at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland, where she lived. A 1926 graduate of the former Mount Holly High School, Mrs. Heller received her nursing degree from the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, and her school nursing permit from Trenton State College in 1935. She received a bachelor's degree in education from Rutgers University in 1947.
November 18, 2010 |
Jacqueline Rich Sauro, 79, of Moorestown, a longtime nurse at Cherry Hill High School East whose easygoing personality made her a favorite chaperone for class trips, died of lung cancer Friday, Nov. 12, at her home. Mrs. Sauro took her school nurse's job "to an entirely different level," said former Cherry Hill East principal James Gallagher, now the district's assistant superintendent. "She was a surrogate mother to a lot of the kids," he said. Students were often in her office seeking advice on more than just health, he said.
July 15, 1996 |
For 22 1/2 years, youngsters in the Norristown school system might just as well have had their mother in the school nurse's office. Until she retired in 1984, Jessie Woessner was in charge. And in addition to dispensing Band-Aids and throat lozenges, she took an active interest in their overall well-being, according to her daughter. "She cared for them as if they were her own," said Jessie Ann Moser of Allentown. Mrs. Woessner, who lived in East Norriton Township, died Friday at her home.