Imagine what the COVID-19 pandemic would have looked like had we not had public health workers, acute care nurses, and physicians. It is not difficult for us to imagine the chaos that could have ensued had these healthcare workers been absent because we understand the role they play in keeping our communities healthy and safe. Now imagine what the COVID-19 pandemic may have looked like if Wisconsin schools did not employ school nurses. Fewer of us may be able to visualize this scenario because we lack an understanding of what school nurses do or the knowledge that they even exist.
This project tells the story of the Wisconsin school nurse with words and photos. We hope to provide the public with a better understanding of the physical and emotional toll the pandemic has had on school nurses. The goal of this project is to acknowledge and honor the role that school nurses played, historically and during the COVID-19 pandemic, to support the health and education of students.