Hours: 7:15 to 3:00
7 School Lane Kittery Point, Maine 03905
My name is Sharon Stathoplos and here in school the students call me ‘Nurse Shay’. I have been a registered nurse since 1984 and obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Joseph’s College. For years I had been Nationally Certified as a Mental Health/Psychiatric Nurse and currently hold a National Certification in School Nursing.
My professional affiliations include the National Association of School Nurses, the Maine Association of School Nurses, and the nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau.
I have been the school nurse for the Horace Mitchell School since 2012 and in addition to my daily duties in the health office, the Nurse Leader for the Kittery School Department.
My goal is to help children remain in school by helping them to stay healthy and to adapt to whatever internal or external issue that might be getting in the way of their education. The students know that I will often use humor as a method of helping them to cope.
For example, accidents and injuries can occur during recess and physical education. While many children make their way into the nursing office in tears, it is mostly the fear of what has just happened versus a true physical injury. Helping a child identify fear as the reason for their tears versus a minor injury helps them to begin to learn the mind-body connection. I do this through the use of humor, at times, to dispense with the emotional charge in order to assess for injury while the child is calmer.
Children with chronic disease will learn about their illness as they visit my office. My goal is to educate them about any medication they take at school and the symptom of disease-specific to them that the medication is to target. I work best when I am able to work in conjunction with the child’s parent and healthcare provider so that I can help provide them with a picture of what a school day might mean for the child. (Please know that Maine State Law states that all medications must be brought into the school by an adult and must be in an appropriate pharmacy labeled container.)
Acute illness is sometimes a more difficult one to assess and I may call a parent to discuss what the child is telling me. I feel parents know their child best so when there are no clear objective signs of illness in the child, I have learned that a parental consult can usually clarify the issue.
Natural treatments such as salt-water rinses or honey for a cough, rest, stretching for growing pains, and even short bursts of exercise are used before medications. We have specific physician orders for over-the-counter products and these are used only with parental consent.
Thank you for letting me care for your child!
Sharon Stathoplos RNC/BSN/NCSN “Shay”