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April 1, 2011

Upstate school nurses recognized for service

COLUMBIA - Two school nurses from Spartanburg and Greenville counties have been recognized for their professionalism and service to South Carolina’s public schools, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

Marilyn Parks, a registered nurse at Lyman Elementary in Spartanburg District Five, has been named the School Nurse (RN) of the Year. Maryanne Rapp, a licensed practical nurse at the Sterling School in Greenville County, has been named the School Health LPN of the Year.

“The annual awards are presented to a licensed practical nurse and a registered nurse who provide outstanding health services while working in a school setting,” according to Cathy Young-Jones, DHEC’s School Health Nurse Consultant. “Both award winners embody the best practices school health nurses can provide in the schools they serve.”

Young-Jones said Parks, who has worked in Spartanburg County for 13 years, develops individual plans for students with special health care needs, administers medications, assesses and treats illnesses or injuries that may occur during the school day, and screens for conditions such as vision and hearing impairments that might affect a student’s ability to learn.

“Marilyn Parks helps students and their families obtain eyeglasses, medicine, medical care, food and clothing when it’s needed,” Young-Jones said. “She also trains key school personnel in basic life support skills and promotes good health in articles for Lyman Elementary’s monthly newsletter. As a community leader, she is involved in health fairs and wellness programs sponsored by Mary Black Hospital, Spartanburg Regional Hospital, Greenville Hospital and the First Baptist Church of Fairforest. Her method of school nursing is a ‘whole’ approach; taking care of the whole child, involving the whole school family.”

Rapp, with six years of school nursing experience, was described as a trusted and valuable resource.

“Co-workers, parents and students at the Sterling School describe her as knowledgeable, professional, organized, thoughtful and dependable,” she said. “Maryanne arrives at work early or stays late to assure that students’ needs are met. She does health screenings early in the school year and works with parents to resolve problems as quickly as possible.”


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Thom Berry – (803) 898-3885
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