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International Nurses’ Day

International Nurses’ Day


International Nurses' Day

It’s 11th May 2022 which marks International Nurses’ Day and what better way to celebrate than to meet Kilgraston’s school nurse, Mrs Louise MacDonald:

“I joined Kilgraston in August 2021 from Kelvinside Academy (a day school in Glasgow) where I was nurse and part of the pastoral team there for thirteen years. As well as my professional role, I’m a Listening volunteer with Samaritan’s, doing shifts in both Perth and Ayrshire.

The Nurses role in a school has a great focus on pastoral care with an emphasis on health and wellbeing. I love contact with young people and being able to support them when they need it. It’s all about making their school experience as positive as possible, them getting the most from their time here. At a boarding school, the challenges can be different. Sometimes pupils are a long way from home and having a good support system for them is absolutely vital.

Kilgraston’s Infirmary has been renamed and now we have a Health and Wellbeing Centre, a less clinical environment with a focus on mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing. With a wellbeing space now in place ,I am hoping moving forward into next session ,that some Sixth Form pupils will take on roles as Wellbeing Ambassadors and take forward one or two health initiatives each session.”

A longer length version of this will appear in the next Cor Unum, our annual school magazine. Sign up to receive your copy here.

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