A Few Words From the Director of Nursing

Since the last Blog posting by the Nursing Department a couple of things have changed. First, I was hired as the Director of Nursing in October and love being here. Second, in a collaborative effort with the Education Department we have begun a water program. It began in early January with the goal of increasing water intake for the PWS children. To date it has been a great success demonstrated by decreased complaints of headaches, muscle cramps and constipation which are all symptoms of dehydration.

At times the children can be a challenge however, I find the rewards outweigh the challenges. The children are a delight to work with and hardly a day passes when one of them doesn’t do something that touches my soul in some way. Watching them offer support or encouragement to each other is very touching. I recently told a father I could not imagine how difficult it must be to send your child to another state to a residential school even if it is in their best interest. However, students do very well here and go on outings that I would have loved to have gone on as a child.

What I love the most is to see them laugh and smile, walking together around the small track outside my office window. They teach me every day and I am grateful to those parents who chose to send their children here. While I know it must hurt to send them, we care about them and for them and they are a pleasure to work with.

Contributed by:
Lauralee Schiraga
Director of Nursing

“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.” 
~Sally Koch

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