School Nurse Advocate


To recognize an individuals who has continually supported or uniquely contributed to school nursing or school health services in the State of Colorado.


Colorado Association of School Nurses


Does not require CASN membership

Suggested Guidelines for Colorado School Nurse Advocate of the Year

  1. Nominee should be a champion for student, staff and/or community health and wellness
  2. Nominee should demonstrate continual support of school nursing and school nurses in all areas.
  3. Example: Descriptions of (1) Continued support of increased school nurse time, or advancement of school nurse professional development or contribution to special project(s), programs for school nursing/child health and (2) Describe how school nurse benefited.

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.

Diana Protopapa2019 School Nurse Advocate of the Year

Diana Protopapa

The Colorado Association of School Nurses (CASN) recognizes Diana Protopapa, lobbyist with Frontline Public Affairs, as the 2019 School Nurse Advocate of the Year.

Diana has taken the time and effort to truly understand the role of the school nurse. She has brought our voice to the state capitol and has helped legislators understand our role in the physical, mental and emotional health of children in Colorado birth to 21 years old. Her knowledge of legislative processes and contacts at the capitol ensure that we are at the table, as stakeholders, from the beginning to the end of the legislative process. Her tireless work on behalf of Colorado school nurses has led to the overwhelmingly bipartisan passage of the School Nurse Grant Program in 2019. Diana is not only an advocate for school nurses in Colorado but also for the students and families we serve every day.

Please join us in recognizing Diana at our annual conference banquet on November 2, 2019.