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Nursing grad gives "back to school" a whole new meaning Terry-Romo

April 2003

There’s no question about it - if you’re a nurse, you’re going to be busy. Many in the profession care for 20, even 30, patients a day. Terry Quinn Romo, R.N., M.S.N., works with 10 times that number. The 1984 and 1991 School of Nursing graduate is responsible for 320 young men - she works as the school nurse at San Antonio Academy, one of the top private boys’ schools in the country.

"I must say, working exclusively with students had never been a consideration, but some influential family members persuaded me to ‘consider’ the option of teaching nursing," Romo joked.

For years she worked in hospitals, on the medical-surgical floor, in the ICU, the ER, the GI lab and perioperative services. She also was employed by a home health care agency, where she eventually held a directorship.

But her family worked in education and thought Romo would make a great professor. "I, on the other hand, thought an introduction to the educational field should be incremental and start with the practice of nursing in a school," Romo said. And so she did.

Romo began working for the San Antonio Independent School District in 1998 and switched to San Antonio Academy this year. Her days are anything but ordinary. "I have crawled on my hands and knees on a gravel playground looking for permanent teeth that needed to be implanted after accidental loss. I have interfaced with Child Protective Services and I have comforted a parent whose child was newly diagnosed with a congenital abnormality," Romo said.

But it’s the patients and the practice that make her career all worth it. "Each day for a school nurse is challenging and different." Romo said. "Each day enriches me and I have comfort in knowing that I have made a positive difference to a child who is at an impressionable age."


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