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Congratulations to 2024 Etowah Innovation Zone Nurse of the Year: Joy Harrison!

Congratulations to 2024 Etowah Innovation Zone Nurse of the Year: Joy Harrison!

National School Nurse Day is May 8, 2024, and this week, we will introduce you to CCSD’s 2024 Innovation Zone Nurses of the Year! Stay tuned as we highlight our winners each day. Thank you to all CCSD nurses for the care you provide daily to our students and staff! #CCSDfam #snd2024

What’s your “why” … why did you choose this profession?

The people! I have always been a caretaker. The medical field allows me to help others in multiple ways. In the hospital, it gave me the opportunity to help new parents feel comfortable and confident in taking care of their newborn. In the school setting, I have the opportunity to build relationships with the students and parents. I am able to teach students how to take care of their bodies in a healthy way. We learn together how asthma, diabetes, anxiety, allergies and many other things impact us. As a school nurse -- I am a nurse, counselor, friend, teacher and so much more.

What do you find most rewarding about being a school nurse?

Relationships with the students and families.

What are words of wisdom or a quote you live by?

"I can do no great thing; only small things with great love." - Mother Teresa

What words of advice or insight would you like to share with parents about your job?

Each day I strive to instill in your child a sense of self empowerment with love and humor. I do this by listening to them and caring for them while also encouraging them to be stronger, resilient and capable of making it through the school day.