CI Heroes: Nurse Kathy

CI Hero loves her job and her students

PEORIA - Her days are spent doling out medicine and responding to mini emergencies left and right.

Patience is a  job requirement…because kids are her patients.

But ask this CI Her  why she loves her job, and she says she'll take the chaos any day.

Nurse Kathy Ringenberg is a busy woman.

As the school nurse at Lincoln K-8 in Peoria’s District 150, she spends her days making sure these kids stay well, and wouldn't have it any other way.

“Honestly, I just think this is where god meant for me to be. I love working with kids,” says Ringenberg.

Other people she works with think so, too.

“She just gives 150 percent all of the time,” says School Resource Officer Monica Wilson.

Nurse Kathy has the approval of her colleagues, but the kids also see her efforts.

“She’s  doing the right thing and she helps kids when they're sad,” adds student Marionna Howard. “

Making this check in with the nurse much more than what it first seems to be. “They do have a lot of trust issues with authoritative figures. If you can just understand their background and where they're from, if you can just associate with that, it opens up that door. They know if they come here, as long as it's something that doesn't have to be shared, they know what is said between us stays between us,” says Ringenberg.

This nurse says she wants to be an advocate for all of her students.

That care to make such a connection is making her our CI Hero.

 


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