Cynthia K. Kneisler RN BSN MaED, CSN-NJ
I have been a pre-hospital care provider in EMS for many years and later became a nurse. I received my School Nurse Certification and Masters of Health Education through Felician College.
Never did I expect to be on the front line of such a terrible health crisis that we all face today. I have had extensive training on many different emergency subjects but this has redefined how to not only care for very ill patients but protect ourselves as well. This is especially concerning for me as I have numerous family members serving the community through EMS, Fire, and Police. Several are nurses working in the hospital emergency rooms and ICU areas. We are all trying our hardest to help those in need.
Currently I am working as a School nurse and I remain very active even if I am not in my building. Many of the students are anxious about what will happen to them as well as to family members. I work with them through virtual meetings. My fellow nurses and I are also very involved in working with local, county, and state representatives in how to plan to reopen schools in the fall.
It has been a challenging time. What is important right now is to be prepared. This is one of the lessons I learned through Felician College. I learned how important it is to do your research, understand the problem and prepare yourself for what needs to be done. We do not know what the future holds for us at this time or how long this pandemic will last. But as we move forward and work to end this crisis I will continue to prepare myself in any way necessary to remain safe, and to help those in need.