Holmes likes that Goodwin is a small school because not only does the entire staff know each other, but also it enables her to know each student and their families which enables her to provide the wraparound services some families may need.
“We build relationships and trust so that if there is a need, families feel comfortable in letting me or my colleagues know,” said Holmes. “We are all here to serve, no matter what that looks like.”
Additionally, after working so closely with Goodwin’s certified translator, Holmes was inspired to learn Spanish so that she could converse in a more meaningful way with students and families.
It is more than just putting on a Band-Aid, according to Holmes. She dispenses daily and emergent medication, partners with the Medical University of South Carolina using Telehealth, handles emergencies, and more.
“I triage, and multi-task because I am just one person,” said Holmes. “Once you find that rhythm you don’t think about it anymore, really. You just do it. My role carries a lot of responsibility and I do not take that lightly. I have to be triple-careful in everything I do. I take those precautions very seriously.”
Still on call even when off the clock
Medical professionals are called by honor and duty to respond to an emergency if they are able. Holmes has been tested with this twice in the last five years. She considers herself to have been in the right place at the right time when, on two different occasions, she saved a person’s life by administering the Heimlich maneuver. In both instances, restaurant patrons were choking on their food.