It’s Time to Say Thanks to Our School Nurse Leaders

January 25, 2016

For the third year in a row, we’re looking forward to hearing from school nurse leaders around the country who are doing amazing things to support student health and promote school nursing through state and national policy. Our 2016 School Nurse Leadership Award will officially launch on Feb. 9, 2016, and we have two webinars coming up to celebrate award-winning school nurses from our 2015 award.

Join us Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 2-3 p.m. (Central) for School Nurse Leadership: Tackling Absenteeism to hear from two leaders who demonstrate the power of school nurses and the importance of using data to improve student health.

  • Kelly Graham is a school nurse from Colorado implementing data-informed health interventions. An analysis of student data helped her identify students with asthma, implement effective interventions and assist these students in improving school attendance.
  • Eva Stone hails from Kentucky and has also used student data to pinpoint the health reasons students were chronically missing school. In just one school year, all 10 schools in her district saw a decrease in the rate of chronically absent students.

Join us Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. for School Nurse Leadership: Staff Health and Wellness to hear from two leaders who show us the importance of using creative ways to address school and student health.

  • Carla Smith, a school nurse in Fremont, New Hampshire, is a true school leader. She recognized a need and developed an EpiPen training program for her teachers. Additionally, she created a Halloween buy back program at her school, donating more than 500 pounds of candy this past October.
  • Sandra Lawinger is another school nurse leader who has worked hard to implement a staff wellness program at her school in Glen Ellyn, IL. She has also focused her efforts in addressing school food and food allergies.

Do you know a school nurse who is a true school health leader? The 2016 School Nurse Leadership Award season kicks off Feb. 9, 2016, at which time applications will be available. Don’t miss out! Winners will be recognized on our website, will be featured in blogs and webinars and will win a $500 gift certificate to School Health.