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Islesboro Central hires Belfast native as school nurse

Oct 05, 2020
Ellen Mcdonald

Islesboro Central School has hired Ellen Mcdonald, RN, as the ICS school nurse, the school announced today.

Mcdonald, who grew up in Belfast, graduated on the dean's list with a degree in nursing sciences and took the Florence Nightingale Pledge at Southern Maine Community College.

Since then she has been working as a registered nurse on Peaks Island and in Portland, where she has made her home for the past decade. In Portland she has been a preceptor to several nursing students from her alma mater. She enjoys teaching and asking students, "Why is that?"

In addition to working in Maine, Mcdonald worked in Zanzibar at a village health clinic where she focused on pediatric health and wellness and reproductive health education. She has since traveled several times to the area and maintains friendships with local doctors, nurses and midwives.

In her free time she practices the art of Pysanka, a Ukranian egg dying technique, and is remodeling the inside of a 1979 Ford van with which she hopes eventually to begin travel nursing. In January, she will begin working toward a master's degree to earn her family nurse practitioner license.

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