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Student Health

Meet our School Nurse--Emily Phipps 

Hello Pirates! My name is Emily Phipps. I am the school nurse for River Bend Middle School and Bunker Hill High School. You can find my schedule below.

I grew up in the Hickory area and attended South Caldwell High School. I graduated from Wingate University with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

I am excited to join Catawba County Schools. Growing up I always thought I would be a teacher. I changed my major in college from education to nursing after a mission trip to Bolivia. I got to help care for patients in an eye clinic and loved the hands-on care that I was able to provide to them. My life has been heavily impacted by a lot of great nurses. My mom is also a nurse. When I was 8 years old I had a bicycle accident that landed me in the hospital for 10 days. It was the excellent care and compassion given to me by those nurses that saved my life. 

Prior to joining the Catawba County School Nurse team, I worked at Catawba Valley Medical Center as a nurse in the Critical Care Unit.

Outside of my nursing career, I am married to my college sweetheart, Austin, who grew up in Morganton. We have a daughter, Quinn, who was born in March of 2020. I spend my free time with family and enjoying nature.

I am very happy to be a part of the Pirates family. I look forward to helping promote a healthy school.

For non-urgent related concerns, please email me at emily_phipps@catawbaschools.net or ephipps@catawbacountync.gov

For urgent related concerns, please call me at (828) 241-2754 or (704) 980-8494


Weekly Nurse Schedule

Monday/Wednesday: Bunker Hill High School (828) 241-3355

Tuesday/Thursday: River Bend Middle School (828) 241-2754

Friday: Rotation of BHHS/RBMS/Catawba County Public Health

Contact Information

Email: emily_phipps@catawbaschools.net or ephipps@catawbacountync.gov

Cell Phone: (704) 980-8494

For information about Student Health including our fever and lice policy, as well as any necessary forms, please click the button below.

Student Health Information


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Emily Phipps--School nurse

👉 Contact

Emily Phipps

p. 828.241.2754