Archive for Thursday, May 18, 2006

Nurturing nurse retiring

May 18, 2006

Donna Mulholland has had an eventful career in her 40 years of nursing -- from Germany to Washington, D.C., to De Soto High School. This year, she's planning to retire and become a newlywed.

Mulholland, who commutes each day from Leavenworth, is the district nursing coordinator for the west side. She oversees nursing at Mize, Starside, Lexington Trails Middle School and De Soto High School. She's been at her position for three years.

"I think this is a perfect job for a mother," she said. "Or anyone who has grandchildren. You learn social skills and how to take care of people."

In her former marriage to an Army colonel, Mulholland traveled the world as a nurse. She received her nurse's training at Stormont-Vail and Washburn University in Topeka in 1958. She served as a surgical nurse for many years and served as a school nurse in Germany.

"I like to get into the social aspects of nursing," she said. "Just listening -- I'm a very nurturing person, and so I listen and help as best as I can."

Mulholland said she's seen a lot of changes in medicine and school nursing over the years.

"Right now there's so many more problems with kids," she said. "Both physically and mentally."

She said the best part about working in De Soto is the staff.

"They're just great. It's worth the drive because it's a good school district," she said. "It's like a family."

Mulholland plans to marry Don Keiser of Liberty, Mo., this summer and spend time with her three children and 11 grandchildren.

Chris McPherson, district nursing coordinator for the east side, will be moving from Mill Valley to De Soto next year to take over the west side.

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