Nurse gets school 'hero' award for noticing problem with pupil's prescription
By Alex Bridges -- firstname.lastname@example.org
WOODSTOCK -- Cary Sigler helps care for thousands of children a year as a nurse at W.W. Robinson Elementary School.
Sigler also knows the specific needs of many of those pupils. School officials credit that knowledge and alertness to detail for preventing a potentially dangerous situation with a child's medication in March.
Sigler on Tuesday received the Shenandoah County Local Schools Hero Award presented to her by Superintendent B. Keith Rowland. Kindergarten pupil Abigail Ogle and her mother, Rebecca Ogle, appeared with Sigler for the presentation. Sigler received a plaque and flowers.
Sigler received the county school's third "Hero" award first given to a bus driver who saved a child from choking to death, Rowland said.
W.W. Robinson Principal Sherry Arey told the School Board the child goes to the clinic twice a day to take medication so the nurse has come to know the kindergartner. The child's mother brought in the refilled prescription in mid-March but Sigler noticed a problem when she opened the bottle, Arey recalled. Sigler saw that the bottle contained timed-release capsules taken once daily, not tablets as the nurse knows Abigail takes.
"So there could've been some serious complications if Abbie had been given this medicine," Arey said.
Sigler called Abigail's mother who in turn contacted the pharmacy, which confirmed they filled the prescription with the wrong medication, the principal recalled.
"Now Nurse Cary modestly said she was just doing her job," Arey said. "She was following policies and procedures that were set forth to keep students safe each and every day. But I like to thank Miss Ogle for bring that to our attention so that we could publicly say thank you to nurse Cary for being so diligent and so conscientious and for looking through those policies and procedures knowing what they needed to do and what she needed to do, knowing the medications that our students take -- we have lots of students at Robinson and lots of them are on medication -- and for everything she does each and every day to keep all the kids at Robinson safe."
Abigail handed Sigler a homemade thank-you card.
"You know it's truly not about me," Sigler said after receiving the award. "Every nurse that has been hired to work for this wonderful school system would've done the same thing. I just happened to be the one getting the pill bottle."
Sigler, as a licensed practical nurse, received her training through Triplett Tech in Mount Jackson and has worked for the school system for 15 years. Sigler credited her instructors at Triplett Tech for teaching nursing students to check and double-check medication.
"I love every September and, come June, I miss these kids," Sigler said. "They're 1,200 of my kids."