Two CCSD Nurses Recognized as State's Best
At the South Carolina Annual School Nurse Conference on Friday, January 20, 2012, the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Department of Education presented the South Carolina School Registered Nurse (RN) of the Year award to Nancy Baker of Moultrie Middle School and the South Carolina School Health Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) of the Year award to Glenda Moore of West Ashley High School.
The awards publicly recognize the outstanding contributions by an RN and an LPN currently practicing as school nurses. Read more about these incredible Charleston County School District (CCSD) health professionals who work each day to keep students healthy and prepared for academic success!
Nancy Baker: South Carolina School RN of the Year
Her community and supervisors describe this Nationally Certified School Nurse as being an insightful, caring, and empathetic professional. She has worked in CCSD for 18 years and is perceived by her colleagues to be a pioneer in school nursing and a mentor, who has helped develop some of the district’s procedures and who has implemented nationally-proven health care practices.
At Moultrie Middle, Baker maintains a strong community presence and works with local partners to meet the needs of her students and fellow employees. She led the school’s recent DHEC flu clinics and continuously encourages members of the school community to participate in health-focused events and contests. Through grants and donations, she has earned playground equipment and incentive prizes for health initiatives. She is currently working with Charleston County Parks and Recreation and Charleston County Tourism for a formal playground development project specific to her student population. Baker has secured small prizes from businesses to reward students and staff for their participation in Zumba, tennis, Pilates, yoga and a walking group. She also developed Weight Watchers at Work and organized group meetings at the school. She educates staff, patients and families by raising awareness of breast cancer, autism, diabetes, and other wellness topics. She works closely with various organizations including Susan B. Komen, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Autism, MUSC’s Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness (formerly known as the MUSC Lean Team), Louie’s Kids and the Charleston County Medical Society.
Glenda Moore: South Carolina School Health LPN of the Year
Moore has worked as an LPN for 31 years and a school nurse for 11 years. She maintains a reputation has a role model and team player whose service to her students and community consistently exemplifies the highest quality of service and care.
Though West Ashley High School has over 1850 students who present a variety of medical conditions, Moore works to meet the specific medical needs of each student and employee. She has embraced her role as the leader of the school’s health and wellness efforts by assembling an interdisciplinary committee to conduct programs emphasizing nutrition, exercise, and weight management. With grants she earned from DHEC and the Lean Team, she has implemented a “Health and Sole” walking program that includes pedometers, t-shirts, and support. She also has led the school’s flu clinics; creates bulletin boards with wellness information; presents programs on injury prevention, stress reduction, and various other health topics; holds “Healthy Fruit Days” designed to introduce healthy snacks; and coordinates with community partners to conduct programs designed to help members of the community stay physically and mentally healthy.
Congratulations to both of these phenomenal nurses!