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May 14, 2012

CCSD Appreciates Its School Nurses!

School NursesNational Nurses Week is celebrated annually from National Nurses Day on May 6 through May 12, the birthday of nursing icon Florence Nightingale. This week is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of over 76,000 school nurses working across the country in support of children’s health and academic success.

School Nurses & Charleston County School District

Each day, Charleston County School District's (CCSD's) nurses work to manage chronic health conditions, track communicable diseases, promote healthy behaviors, provide episodic care, and handle medical emergencies.

School nursesThese professionals help students excel in the classroom by meeting their health care needs, providing interventions, and removing barriers to teaching and learning. 

Each day, CCSD nurses provide:

  • 1,276 medications,
  • 1,134 treatments related to illness,
  • 276 treatments related to injuries,
  • 740 sessions of health counseling, and
  • 130 special procedures.

A recent survey indicates that:

  • 67% of CCSD’s nurses have saved a child's life,
  • 89% have identified an abused child,
  • 74% have counseled and referred a depressed child, and
  • 91% have identified an undiagnosed health condition.

Spotlight:  Four CCSD Nurses & The 2012 Palmetto Gold Award

The Palmetto Gold award recognizes 100 nurses from health care settings across the state who exemplify excellence in practice and commitment to the profession. The Palmetto Gold program also provides nursing scholarships for students attending one of the state's nurse education programs.

Tschool nurseso be selected for the award, the nurse must:  

1. Promote and advance the profession of nursing in a positive way in the practice setting or in the community;

2. Display compassion for and a commitment to patients, families and colleagues;

3. Demonstrate leadership and assist others to grow and develop; and

4. Contribute to the overall achievement of outcomes in the practice setting.

Four CCSD nurses received the 2012 Palmetto Gold Award. Learn more about each of these professionals!

  • Nancy Baker, Moultrie Middle: Baker was recognized for her diligence and work in promoting the health and wellness of students and co-workers.  She implemented "deskercise" on the school’s morning news channel and secured exercise equipment at no cost to promote physical activity for Moultrie students.  She is a nationally-certified school nurse and an active member of her professional organization.  She works closely with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and serves as a host director for Angel Food Ministries at a local church.
  • Mary "Mamie" Radar, Burns Elementary: While managing a Title 1 elementary school clinic serving 410 children, Radar mentors student nurses and maintains a grant with the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Program.  She has been instrumental in receiving monetary awards used to purchase personal hygiene kits. She also developed a teaching program called "Alphabet Soup for Life," which provides nutritional education for low-income families.
  • Joanne Root, Fort Johnson Middle: As a school nurse, Root provides health services to approximately 500 students each month.  She conducts CPR training for staff members and has dramatically increased the number of certified first responders at the school.  She also conducts an empowerment group for girls and has started a wellness program that features stationary exercise equipment in the classrooms, a walking program with pedometers, and blood pressure screenings.  Root received the Wellness Championship Award from MUSC and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Outstanding Support Award in 2011.
  • Theresa C. Seabrook, Charleston Progressive Academy & North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary: Seabrook is known for consistently striving to meet all of the health care needs of the students and fellow employees at her school.  She has been instrumental in writing successful grant applications and beginning programs designed to teach children about healthy diets.  She  serves as an advocate for children's wellness initiatives and donates her time, talents and skills to improving the health of her community. 
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