When Caitlin Griffin started searching for jobs in New York City, she knew she wanted to take her career in a new direction.
She started reaching New York City nonprofits and came across Children’s Aid. “I looked at the website,” she said, “and I thought it would be dream if they were hiring.” She started working as a nurse practitioner at P.S. 8 in Washington Heights in late 2021.
In a typical day, Caitlin will administer medicines to children with daily prescriptions; administer physicals and vaccines for recently enrolled students; and communicate with parents after classes are dismissed in the afternoon. But of course, there isn’t a typical day for a nurse at a school.
“When I’m here, I don’t just diagnose a child with strep throat and send them on their way with antibiotics,” she said. “We’re in the schools and we’re in the communities. There’s trust between us and our patients, between us and our families.”