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Feb. 17, 2012

School nurses recognized for service

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Three school nurses from Charleston and Richland counties have been recognized by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and the S.C. Department of Education for their professionalism and service to public schools.

"These award-winning nurses exemplify what's best about those who provide school health services," said Cathy Young-Jones, DHEC's state school nurse consultant. "School nurses are critical members of the education team. They support teachers and school administrators in their commitment to assure that every child acquires the knowledge, skills and attitudes for a successful life. Children learn better when they are healthy."

Margie Moore, Richland County School District One's coordinator for nursing services for the past 11 years, has been awarded the Dee Dee Chewning School Nurse Administrator Award. This award recognizes a school nurse leader who compassionately supervises and inspires the work of other school nurses. Moore coordinates school health services provided by 52 nurses.

"Margie's experiences as a registered nurse and a former teacher aid her ability to effectively facilitate best practice standards for meeting the health needs of students in an educational setting," Young-Jones said.

Nancy Baker, a registered nurse at Moultrie Middle School in the Charleston County School District has been named the School Nurse (RN) of the Year.

"In addition to providing direct health services for students, Nancy actively promotes student and staff fitness and wellness through programs funded though her facilitation of grants and community support," Young-Jones said. "As a certified educator for a national program aimed at helping school nurses care for students with diabetes, she's taught more than 300 school nurses in multiple states."

Glenda Moore, a licensed practical nurse at Charleston County School District's West Ashley High, has been named the School Health LPN of the Year.

"Glenda works closely with her RN supervisor, parents, teachers, food service personnel and school administrators to assure that her students' health needs are met," Young-Jones said. "She was instrumental in securing two $1,000 grants for her school to promote healthy behaviors such as choosing healthy foods, exercising, maintaining adequate hydration and coping with stress."


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