School Nurse of the Year

Purpose

To publicly recognize the importance and work of school nurses by annually honoring one School Nurse of the Year from Colorado who has demonstrated excellence in school nursing practice and leadership in school health.

Sponsor

Colorado Association of School Nurses

Eligibility

Nominee must be:

  • A registered professional nurse.
  • A member of CASN for the current and preceding two years. The preceding two years must be continuous (without lapse in membership).

Suggested Guidelines for Colorado School Nurse of the Year

  1. Nominee should have five years’ experience as a school nurse and is currently practicing as a school nurse.
  2. More than 50% of nominee’s time should be spent in direct care.
  3. Evidence of excellence in school nursing practice is judged by the nominee’s abilities in the areas of Leadership, Teamwork, Vision, Community Partnership and Innovation. Reference: School Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice 3rd Edition, 2017.

How to Submit an Application

All applications must be submitted on-line. No other mode of application will be accepted. Nominations may be submitted by another nurse, a principal, a director or a parent.

Recent School Nurse of the Year

Kelly GrenhamKelly has been a member of the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. (CHCO) School Health Program for the past 18 years and serves as the lead nurse school nurse for Mapleton Public Schools. Her assignment includes four schools and the district transition program. Kelly has led multiple efforts to improve the quality of health care services for students in her district. These efforts include the grant initiative AsthmaCOMP and the Medicaid in Schools program. Her colleagues describe her as professional as well as caring when caring for students and clear in her communications with parents so they understand what is going on with their child.

Kelly collaborated with local Fire and Rescue, Children’s Hospital of Colorado and the CHCO endocrinology nurses and CHCO school health team to create a health care plan for students with Adrenal Insufficiency and serves on the committee creating delegation process and forms for delegation of Solucortef, which involved literature review, CHCO expert involvement and School Health Team review. She is the CHCO School Health Vision and Hearing Champion and annually orients nurses on health screenings and health office management. She has demonstrated leadership through board work with the Colorado Association of School Nurses (CASN), since 2003. Positions she has held include Area Representative, Area Representative Coordinator, President Elect, President, Past President, Legislative co-chair and Legislative chair (2015-2019). As Legislative Chair she provided testimony to legislators for bills on medical marijuana administration in schools, immunization law, a school nurses grant program, and in support of behavioral health professionals in the school setting. She joined the Colorado Coalition on the Sunsetting Review of the NPA and then chaired the delegation subcommittee. Kelly presented a poster at NASN2019 on Colorado Refugee and Immigrant Immunizations and School Nurses Project. She served as a Regional School Nurse Specialist, building collaborations with community health care providers, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Tri County Health and the Colorado Asthma Coalition. Kelly serves as a Clinical Scholar for the UCHSC College of Nursing guiding student nurses through a school nurse experience.

CASN proudly supports her recognition for Excellence in School Nursing!

Outstanding School Nurse for Students in a Specialty Area

Linda WoodLinda Wood has worked as a school nurse for eight years. She currently works for Aurora Public Schools as a preschool nurse and childcare health consultant at Meadowood Child Development Center.

Linda is an expert at integrating her knowledge of complex health needs and dissecting out each detail for MCDC staff. She assists them in understanding complex medical diagnoses and procedures and integrating these into a comprehensive IHP, IEP, or 504.

She is a natural leader and serves as a district expert and resource for preschool rules, regulations and licensing as well as APS district policy and guidelines. Linda is a fierce advocate for children’s health and safety as evidenced by her involvement with her special services team and preschool administration.

Linda has presented at the Parent Coffees on topics of interest such as summer safety, insect bites, health eating, sugar education, portion control, etc. She heads the “Healthy Way to Grow” committee at Meadowood and updates the staff with a health-focused bulletin board and weekly emails on the topic of healthy eating.

Linda created a program called Sneezy Louisey for germ education. She took the time to visit each classroom with a self-created puppet to explain the importance of reducing the spread of germs in the classroom environment. During these presentations, she also sings and plays the guitar and has a great time teaching kids. The children are fully engaged and learn valuable skills to avoid spreading germs.

We also recognize Linda for being a member of the CASN Legislative Committee and an advocate for CASN.