School nurse brings practice close to home

Photo by Jeff Hage, Union-Times Nicole Wyganowski is the new registered nurse for the Princeton School District. She is pictured in the nurse’s office at Princeton Primary School.

Nicole Wyganowski has been a nurse for 15 years.
“But I was a parent long before I was a nurse,” Wyganowski said.
Now both of her worlds are coming together.
Wyganowski is the Princeton School District’s new registered nurse who now works in her hometown.
That’s important to Wyganowski, who has work experience as a trauma center ICU nurse and who most recently worked for Fairview as a home care nurse.
Wyganowski l;ives in Princeton and is the mother of five children who attend school in the Princeton School District.
She says she is making a complete career change to be closer to home and to impact the community in which its done.
“I will now be able to be more involved in the community in which I live in,” she said.
“I will be more available to my community, my neighbors, and my church,” Wyganowski added.
While school didn’t start until Tuesday, Sept. 5, she had already been put to work a week earlier.
“I had to put an ice pack on a little guy last Wednesday,” Wyganowski said.
“He was my first patient,” she said.
Wyganowski is officed out of the pre-school offices at the District’s Family Center. She provides medical support to children in the pre-school program and oversight to medical service programs in the Primary, intermediate, middle and high schools.
In her position as district registered nurse, Wyganowski works with families of students with chronic medical conditions, coordinates the administering of medications and writes care plans designed to help kids stay in school. She also makes sure students who have inhalers and nebulizers have access to the devices.
She also serves as the wellness coordinator for the Princeton community, she said.
In that role, she is charged with helping students, staff and families make good life decisions.
“We educate, and empower them to make better choices,” Wyganowski said.