Getting to Know You

Sheila Lewis, RNSchool nurse

Mrs. Sheila Lewis is a Registered Nurse (RN) at John L. Edwards Primary School.

Here are a few things to help you get to know Mrs. Lewis:

 

What is your role here at HCSD, and where do you work?
I'm the School Nurse at John L. Edwards Primary School. I became a substitute nurse about three years ago but I was hired full time in this role in April 2016.

What do you like most about your job?
I love the kids! Hudson is blessed to be a diverse and dynamic community. In this role, I can apply and grow skills in cross-cultural communication blended with pediatric assessments. It's rewarding professionally, and their constant smiles and resilience teach a powerful lesson to all of us.

What is your education background?
I graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from SUNY Binghamton. Nursing is a second career for me, as I also have a Bachelor's of Arts in International Relations, which I earned in 1989.

What is your background like – previous jobs?
I worked in communications, both as a journalist and in corporate communications, from 1989 to 2001. I took a break, traveled extensively around the world and then returned home to work outdoors. I was a ski patroller for three years after I trained as a wilderness EMT. During the summer I worked as a “street” EMT and also a Wildland Firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service - I loved working outside. These roles also taught me that I love taking care of clinical cases, so I decided to go to nursing school.

Tell us about your family.
I met my husband 10 years ago at SUNY Binghamton - he's a nurse also! We have 2 children together, ages 5 and 7, and he has two children from a previous marriage, ages 25 and 27 - gosh they're growing up! We couldn't be more proud of our children and feel very, very lucky to
have all four of them. We also got a puppy this fall! Her name is Clover!

What are your interests outside of school?
When I'm not working, I really enjoy time with my children. We recently discovered GAMES and play them often. We are all working on teaching the puppy how to behave, and we have a great time sledding and playing in the snow. My husband is a really smart guy - when we have time together, I really enjoy talking with him.

What is the best advice anyone has given you?
"Think how you want it to always be. Then do that now."

What is your motto or personal mantra?
I'm sure I draw on a few of them - I am a pretty spiritual person, so that guides me in much of what I do. I try to stay grounded. The best one that comes to mind is, "Keep Calm and Carry On!"