National School Nurse Day celebrates those who care for your children when you're not around

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - They are the people who look over your child's health during school hours.
 Today, we celebrate them on National School Nurse Day.

Every day is a busy day for Eleanor Olivares, as the school nurse at Hubbard Middle School in Tyler

"I see about 30 to 50 students a day from routine medicine, plus added situations whether they get nosebleed, cuts, bruises," said Olivares.

Olivares has been a registered nurse for 28 years, 15 of those years a school nurse for Tyler ISD.

In a way, Olivares says her role is to be a mom to every child or staff member that enters her office.

One of school nurses' biggest responsibility is to look over the students who need medication every day.

"We administer their medicine that is given to us by their doctor or their parents. Some of them need to continue on a daily basis," said Olivares

Olivares says many might not realize that there are several children with serious conditions - who she is looking over.

"It could be a student who needs his or her breathing treatment," said Olivares.  "It could be students that have problems with their sugar levels, we have students that have type one diabetes."

Her goal is to let those students' school day be as normal as possible, but always keeping them healthy.

"There are times when a student forgets to come so I end up have to go look for them in their class period," said Olivares.  "Each time you have to remind them 'ok don't forget next time.'"

She describes it as "just doing her job" but she's has built trusting relationships with students like teachers do.

"We are the extension of the home. We are the ones that are given the responsible to take care of your children and we are doing our best to take care of them."

Being responsible for the health of hundreds of students for 8 hours out of the day, 5 days a week can be a lot to handle, but she says she wouldn't have it any other way.

"When they turn to their parents and say 'that's my school nurse' that's the rewarding part."

National School Nurse Day was established by the National Association of School Nurse. It's been celebrated since 1972.

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