School Health Advisor, School Nurse, Health Care Magician…no matter what their title is – we know that our school nurses perform a critical service to prioritize the health and wellness of all the people in our schools – both students and staff! Thanks to their care and essential support, families feel confident that their children will be cared for when they are at school. School nurses act as the bridge between healthcare and education in order to promote the health and wellness of our students.
The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the essential role school nurses play in student health and academic success. Serving as an essential link in the communication chain, our school nurses have helped prioritize health and safety not only in our schools but our communities too. Our school nurses are educators too! They conduct essential training to our staff and provide insight to the correlation between health and learning. They do this all while supporting the educational success of children and youth by providing access to care – through vision and hearing screenings and other health services – when children’s cognitive development is at its peak.
We are so grateful for our dynamic team of school nurses and their efforts to meet the needs of students by improving the delivery of healthcare in our schools. Their important work helps students stay healthy and ready to learn and their influence makes a positive difference in the lives of children every day.
Wednesday, May 11, 2022, is National School Nurse Day. Our Health Services department commemorated this special day by awarding the 2021-2022 School Nurse of the Year to Corri Thomas, the school nurse at Western Branch Middle. Nurse Thomas was praised for her service to both WBM and the surrounding community. Health Services also presented Nurse Shelly King, from B.M. Williams Primary, the Rookie of the Year award and Melanie Chambers, from Greenbrier Middle, the Clinic Assistant of the Year.