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I still feel like the odd man out during the staff meetings because I am not of the educational mindset, but I do my best to be present in everything I can for my staff which in turn causes them to like and respect me more (most of the time lol)
"Educational Mindset"- This rings a little bell in my school nurse brain. Something that I have most definitely learned over the long haul of these past 20 years is this: Even though my mindset is Medical, for me, I have found that it is vital that I get really good at learning to "meet in the middle" of where our Medical and the Educational Mindset is. I am where the rubber meets the road, and this is obviously a very unique position to be in. I have my standards and there is a very distinct line between what I will and won't put up with. Advocating for kids is very near and dear to my heart.
Perfect example just last week- Teacher stops by my office to tell me quickly about some concerns with a student. Another teacher of this student had had contact with the parent. This parent told her that they had discovered some abuse by another family member. But had assured the teacher "that they had taken care of it". I told the teacher and my Principal (not my Hubs), that my gut feeling was to Hotline. Neither of them did it. That evening, I just couldn't shake my gut feeling. I went ahead and made the call and it was taken as a Report of Abuse and Neglect.)
My husband is the Principal at one of my other schools
and this has helped me get a better understanding of the big picture of Education. But, with that being said, sometimes--- I still have to do what I have to do.