As the lead nurse of Nixa Public Schools for the last four years, Teresa Grigg has had quite an impact on her community.
She’s responsible for overseeing the health and wellness of more than 6,700 students and over 800 staff within the school district. But her reach doesn’t stop there.
Grigg says she’s constantly answering health-related questions for friends on Facebook, by families she runs into at Walmart or on phone calls she receives from members at her church.
“I am a nurse wherever I go and helping others is my favorite thing to do,” Grigg says. “I have the privilege to impact the health of so many in our community every day.”
Her position, which she stepped into in 2015 after serving as a nurse at Mathews Elementary, also allows her to make improvements to the school district. Every two years, she’s required to create a report to share concerns, strengths and recommendations for the health services department. Grigg says she’s been part of a handful of improvements in the district, like updating software to improve nurse efficiency, maintaining a better work climate to retain nurses longer, transitioning to electronic health records, increasing student confidentiality and creating handbooks for substitute nurses.
She also was part of the process to create partnerships between the district and local mental health care clinics.
“These improvements make us better equipped to handle emergencies, provide better overall care to our students and staff, and promote healthier lives for the families in our community,” she says.
Grigg also is constantly finding ways to improve the job and make ongoing education available to the team of 11.
“Some days can be overwhelming, difficult and accompanied with complaints,” she says. “It is my responsibility to make improvements in the job climate of my nurses and solve problems to help them be more effective at what they do for their students and their facilities.”
Grigg enjoys traveling in her spare time, but her trips aren’t always a vacation.
She’s typically planning trips where she can give nursing and health-related services to various communities around the world. She’s traveled to Romania, where she’s provided villages with reading glasses, over-the-counter medicine and health education, she says.
She’s also traveled to southern Texas and as far as the Himalayas.
“I grew up always wanting to be a nurse and desiring to help people,” says Grigg, who’s a registered nurse practitioner and certified CPR instructor.
Before her career in the Ozarks, Grigg was a registered nurse at a community hospital in Piggott, Arkansas, followed by her career at the Arkansas Department of Health, where she worked with pregnant teenagers, low-income mothers and Hispanic women from 1994-2000. She also was a clinical coordinator for an obstetrics and gynecology clinic in North Carolina.
She says her greatest accomplishments are the moments she shared with her students and co-workers in Nixa schools.
“(My awards) are the moments where you help an injured child stop crying and show you care by bandaging their wounds … or the times when you hear a student shared with their mom, ‘I know what to do, nurse Teresa taught me this in fourth grade,’” she says.
SBJ compiles news on the respiratory virus outbreak.
Motivational speaker Zach Troutman says his grandmother and a coach helped him discover his passion. He founded Follow the Leader to normalize conversations about mental health after dealing with …
Independent consultants Mary Overbey, Damion Trout and Lucas Walker discuss ways businesses can reduce the time it takes to recover from the pandemic. They say proactively planning, setting goals …
Technology business consultant Mackenzie Scherer says many small business owners don’t understand the need for a business website or social media. Scherer says there are three steps to establish an …
Joe Daues, CEO of the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks says he wants to focus on collaboration and developing long term partnerships with other not for profits. Daues says this will allow …
Since Justin Larkin hasn’t been able to perform publicly because of the pandemic, the singer-songwriter has been writing new material. Larkin says he’s excited to be creating new music in his …
Richard Ollis, CEO of Ollis/Akers/Arney, says clearly defined goals and teamwork will prepare you for success. Listen to others’ perspectives to help find a better game plan. Duration: 1:22
Author and Consultant Rosie Ward says only one third of employees are engaged in their wellness program. She says one organization has been examining how to reduce healthcare costs and encourage …
Speaker, coach and writer Erika Gerdes says there is a deep seated belief that you must choose between fulfillment and success. Gerdes says she had to change her mindset to see it’s possible to …
Taylor Otwell, CEO of Laravel, started his company as a way to prototype ideas, but ended up releasing the application to the world. Now others use it to build their businesses. Duration: 1:16
Hal Donaldson, CEO of Convoy of Hope, says one of their secrets is partnering with others. Look for partners who have the same heart, passion and goals. Duration: 0:55