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Feature Friday: Insights & Tips From Nurse Sarah

This week's #FeatureFriday highlights Far Hills Lead Nurse, Sarah Dunn. Below Sarah shares information on her background, favorite part about being a nurse in a school, how wonderful it is to be a part of the Far Hills community, and some tips ahead of Spring Break.

Q+A with Sarah Dunn

When did you start working at Far Hills? 

  • August 2020

Background before you came to FH?

  • I previously worked as an Oncology nurse at New York-Presbyterian/Cornell Hospital before I took some time off to be home with my kids, who are now 14, 12, & 8. Time is flying!

Where did you go to school? 

  • Fairfield University. Go Stags!

What surprises you about children and the pandemic? 

  • How resilient and optimistic they are.

What is your favorite part about being a nurse in a school and working with children?

  • My favorite part is that I get to know all these exceptional students and help them feel better in some way when they are not feeling their best. 

Any tips or reminders you would like to share ahead of Spring Break? 

  1. Don’t travel outside the immediate region (NY, CT, PA, and DE) if it isn’t necessary
  2. Limit exposure to individuals beyond your immediate family
  3. Avoid crowds
  4. Wash your hands with proper hand washing technique
  5. Wear your mask

What’s it been like joining our Health Team? 

  • I look forward to coming to work every day and seeing my teammate and fellow Nurse Sue Georgeson! She has been an incredible mentor to me, and I have learned so much. I value her professional expertise, and I also consider her a friend.

How do you work with faculty/staff on health education for the students? 

  • This year, we have done training on emergency diabetic medications and gone over our allergy policies and correct use of Epi-pen administration. We have also educated staff and families on our COVID guidelines regarding exposure and travel quarantine.

What were you prepared for this school year vs. what has transpired?  

  • When I started in August, and there was so much uncertainty leading into the 2020-21 school year, I didn’t know what to expect. Entering into new territory for us all, I was preparing to treat many students with COVID-19, but that hasn’t been the case at all. What a relief for our entire community!

Tell us something about our student community that surprised you.

  • I am still overwhelmed by how welcoming and accepting all the students are to me. I feel honored that they come to me with their ailments, either big or small!