About Chelyen Davis:
Chelyen Davis is health reporter for The Free Lance-Star
‘Tomorrow, please eat breakfast’
Our annual Guide to Living publication arrived Saturday. This year the guide contains profiles of three people who work in the local health care field. I’m reprinting those profiles here in case you missed them.
Dana Tate was featured on Tuesday, followed by Ellen Scott yesterday. Today we feature Kathy Walsh. She and her fellow school nurses are front-line providers, dealing with as many sick children as a busy pediatrician. This profile is by my colleague Donnie Johnston.
NAME: Kathy Walsh
FAMILY: Married to John Walsh
POSITION: School nurse coordinator for Culpeper County public schools
YEARS IN POSITION: two; eight years as Culpeper Middle School nurse before that
SCHOOL ACTIVITIES: Coordinates school nurses for county
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Volunteer for Culpeper Free Clinic; CPR instructor; school diabetes education instructor; volunteer, Rappahannock–Rapidan Medical Services Corp.
HOBBIES: Spending time with my family, camping, antiquing
HOW DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR CAREER? “I am a school nurse because when I was a student the nurse was always there for me. I try to do the same for the students at Culpeper Middle School. I love my job.”
IF I WEREN’T A SCHOOL NURSE: “If I weren’t in education, I’d be a surgical nurse in a pediatric hospital.”
MY FAVORITE SAYING: “Return to the clinic after lunch and see if you feel better. Try this snack, and tomorrow please eat breakfast.”
RETIREMENT PLANS: “When I retire I want to travel the USA by camper with my husband, John.”