Nursing to Help
Since she was a child Mercy Vanderpuije wanted to be in the medical field. Now she’s helping other kids stay healthy and injury-free as the School Nurse at Lincoln.
While it might sound like a sleepy position to hold, visit Mercy’s five-bed campus clinic and you’ll find it’s being put to good use. “The clinic is always open when school is in session,” Mercy says, and can see up to 40 visitors in a day.
There’s plenty for Mercy and the other nurses to do when no one is asking for a band-aid or help with a headache. She has to find time to manage records, train teachers in first aid, coordinate physicals for athletes, provide education in hand washing and dental care, and support new families with information about staying healthy in Ghana.
“In my job I work with everyone: principals, parents, teachers, students, administration, facilities, PE and athletics. Everyone except the finance office, they only pay me,” she jokes with a laugh.
Mercy enjoys helping students with their health needs. “I like relating with people, especially children, I think it just comes naturally to me,” she says. And in an international school where students are often getting used to a new country and school at the same time, Mercy tries extra hard to reach out to the new students who end up in the clinic, needing comfort.
“It’s very important to make sure that new students feel welcome and that they know we are there to help them,” Mercy says. Which sums up our philosophy of care all-around at Lincoln.
: has worked at Lincoln for over ten years, still finding ways to improve and expand the school’s clinic facilitiesDedicated mother
: spends lots of time with her 3 children and loves to sing with themContinuing learner
: keeps up with school nursing trends at international conferences, studying for a degree in psychology