Five Questions with Nurse Laura


Roy Mendoza, Co-Editor-in-Chief/Copy Editor

Q1: What is your professional background?

A1: I went to Cal State San Bernardino for my Bachelors in nursing. From there, I went to Cal State Long Beach for my Health Credential, which is what I needed to work as the Downey High School nurse.  Eventually, I went back to school to get a Masters degree as a nurse practitioner.


Q2: As the school nurse, what kind of activities are you in charge of?

A2: I attend to the ill and injured students, and I’m the one in charge of keeping all their immunization records properly filed. Once the new school year comes around, I also help out with student enrollment.


Q3: What would you say is one of the memorable moments you’ve experienced during your career?

A3: I’ve actually seen a variety of interesting situations as the school nurse. We’ve had cases where kids come in with broken bones, extreme pains, and even students who have come in just to talk to about certain things.


Q4: Have you ever had any frightful incidents?

A4: There was this one kid that came in with a broken leg bone. At first it didn’t seem so bad, but once I saw his leg, I stood in awe. His bone was completely sticking out.


Q5: How has nursing influenced you personally?

A5: You can say it changes my life constantly. There are so many changes every year among the students, and being the nurse keeps me informed in what it is kids are doing.