Sharon Thompson, an inner city school nurse, is applauded during National Nurses Week

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A hardworking school nurse in downtown Philadelphia is being applauded for her dedication to students during National Nurses Week.

Frontline nurses during the pandemic are not only working in hospitals and medical facilities, but also in schools.

“Let me tell you, my career as a nurse has been wonderful,” said Sharon Thompson.

Coming from the schools of Philadelphia, Sharon Thompson has always dreamed of becoming a nurse.

“I said I don’t want to teach. I want to be a nurse,” Thompson said.

After nearly 30 years as a school nurse, Thompson finds herself loving her job as much as she did on day one.

“I come to work and I’m so happy every day. I’m not kidding, the worst, the bad, the sanity, whatever. Every day, I’m happy to come to work. A lot of people can’t say that, “Thompson said.

His joy and dedication to Constitution High School in Center City did not go unnoticed.

Thompson is applauded during National Nurses Week for treating students beyond their health needs.

“Nurse Thompson simply embodies what a school nurse should be within a school community. She truly inspires me every day with her enthusiasm and passion for her work where it becomes contagious,” said Brianna Dunn-Robb , Principal of Constitution High School.

The Philadelphia School District needs more school nurses. One of their most passionate recruiters has a message for anyone who might be up for the job.

“If you’re passionate about kids, that’s the right job,” Thompson said.

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