The Relentless School Nurse: What Happened at School Today - I am on the Radio!

 

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When a journalist contacts a nurse for an interview, we have to be ready to meet their tight deadlines. This is one of the media competency nuggets that I have learned through the guidance of Nurse Media Strategist, Barbara Glickstein. I was channeling Barbara when I found out that Mike DeNardo of KYW NewsRadio wanted to interview me about active shooter drills. I had a narrow window to meet his availability and I jumped into the conversation with the intention of sharing a specific message. I have to admit, I was definitely nervous, but I also recognized that this was an important opportunity to speak about active shooter drills to a wider audience. 

One of the most touching things about this experience is that my dad ALWAYS had KYW Newsradio 1060 on when he was in the car. He was one of their biggest fans, so for Mike DeNardo to interview me was extra special! 

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Camden nurse calls for research on whether realistic active shooter drills in schools cause more harm than good

 

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Sylvia Young posted:

I was just having this conversation with our school psychologist about how  schools announce an active shooter or shooting that is according near the school. Some of the questions that came up , was Are we taking into consideration the student emotional  and mental health after making the announcements? and what is being done to support them during theses times ?. At our school we do drills, but i have not noticed if we are checking in with the students afterwards to ask them how they are doing? I am going to make that an ongoing practice of mind as the school nurse in my building.  

Hi Sylvia, Thank you so much for your comment and your intervention is very important. Ask the students how they feel and what they experienced, you may be surprised at the response. But if we don't ask, we don't know. 

I was just having this conversation with our school psychologist about how  schools announce an active shooter or shooting that is according near the school. Some of the questions that came up , was Are we taking into consideration the student emotional  and mental health after making the announcements? and what is being done to support them during theses times ?. At our school we do drills, but i have not noticed if we are checking in with the students afterwards to ask them how they are doing? I am going to make that an ongoing practice of mind as the school nurse in my building.  

Jane Stevens (ACEs Connection staff) posted:

Congratulations on doing this interview, Robin! It's really important to point out the harm that active shooter drills can do. And every time we're out there explaining about trauma, a few more people hear that we should be thinking about another way.

Thank you so much Jane! Here is a link to the article that prompted the interview. They made it open access today.

https://link.springer.com/epdf...2II3ZpcveoOvkA%3D%3D

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