Time to Care Winner: School nurse giving it her all

Our Time To Care Award winner for June is a school nurse who is absolutely devoted to the kids at the Immaculate Conception School.

Barbara Kiernan (WRDW-TV)

June 5, 2014 / First at 5

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Our Time To Care Award winner for June is a school nurse who is absolutely devoted to the kids at the Immaculate Conception School.

Dr. Barbara Kiernan really serves two sets of students. She is a retired nursing professor who never really gave up teaching. She had two students with her when we caught up with Dr. Kiernan in her office on the second floor of the school.

"Well, you guys gotta take your shoes off... because we're gonna weigh and measure you today...okay?"

It was just another day in the office for Dr. Barbara Kiernan, the school nurse at the Immaculate Conception School.

"Head up nice and straight... good girl", she told the first student who stepped up on the scale.

The former MCG nursing professor started bringing her own nursing students here in the mid 90's to do basic health screenings--- height, weight, vision, hearing.

"Because as a private school, they didn't have access to the same kinds of benefits that the public schools did," she said.

Plus, there was a promise she made to her grand-kids when they were students here.

"I kept telling them, when I retire, I'm going to come be your school nurse...so here I am."

Allison Palfy is principal here.

"She's our school nurse, so she puts bandaids on cuts, she takes temperatures, she calls parents for us."

Palfy continues, "She just has that Christian spirit of wanting to give back to the community and we've just been blessed that she choose our school to be the community she's giving back to."

And for this school nurse, that means teaching students about nutrition...and germs. From the facts of lice to the other things school nurses talk about.

"In fact just the other day, the guidance counselor and I led a discussion on puberty for girls... so..." she says with a chuckle. "We're gonna cover all aspects to health hopefully to keep the kids well and healthy."

But that's just scratching the surface for this retired professor who works here 5 days a week and comes back for more.

"You know, she's a school nurse- so she's here during the day- but it doesn't matter what we're having here at the school," principal Palfy says. "At nighttime- she's always here for every performance, open house volunteering her time to help us out however we need.

News 12's Richard Rogers asked about the pay. "Oh, it's wonderful," she laughs.

The truth is, she does it all for free and our Time To Care Award caught her completely off guard.

News 12 wants to thank to our Time To Care partners for making this award possible: Academy Sports and Outdoors and Subway.

If you'd like to nominate someone for our monthly award, you can find a nomination form on this page.


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