Nurse, We Need You
October 26, 2012
Filed under News
On Mira Mesa High school’s campus, there is very serious issue. The students, as of right now, do not have a full time nurse on board. Mrs. Rudolph is on campus Monday through Tuesday; and is gone the rest of the week. Until the district work out the kinks and knots in the budget system, Mrs. Rudolph will remain bouncing from school to school.
There have been complications with the school’s budget, hence why teachers have been laid off this school year. Mrs. Rudolph is still employed at our school, but also juggles working at two different schools. “It isn’t her fault that she isn’t on board all eight hours of the do. She has other business to handle and shouldn’t be attacked for it,” stated an anonymous student. There has been yet anyone to take this up with the district.
Mrs. Juanengo, the replacement health advisor at our school does her absolute best to take care of the students when Mrs. Rudolph is not present. Mrs. Juanengo is not allowed to give over the counter medicine to ill students. “I feel bad for them [students], but I try my hardest to help,” she says. Mrs. Juanengo can give saltine crackers for upset stomachs, ice packets for sore areas, itching cream for rashes and/or bug bites, cough medicine for sore throats, and allow you to rest on a cot. These options are beneficial to a certain extent, but the students need a more efficient way to access the care they need.
Students are not too content with the fact that they cannot always see a nurse when they need to. Junior, Miangel Love says, “I think it’s pretty dumb that we don’t have a full time nurse because people can get sick at any time. I feel like it’s the nurse’s job to help us, how will she do that if she isn’t here?” Many are uneasy and remain very cautious about their health on campus. “One day, I was really sick and Mrs. Rudolph was gone and I couldn’t get any medicine. So, I had to uncomfortably wait in an office chair for my mom to pick me up.” Says Ahna Hamilton. Students should not feel any worse than what they already do when they are sick. Sadly, what choice do they have?
Our nurse is not at our school full time, and we have every right to be concerned, angry, and upset. Remember when sick to drink water, wash your hands, and sneeze into the fold of your arm. It is important for students to remember these helpful tips because they (will not be able to be taken care of) all the time. Hopefully, Mrs. Ruldolph will come back soon to take care of us Marauders, full time.