In August of 2019, SNOY Committee members Laura Gifford and Karen Utgard met to review the current nomination process and criteria. In an effort to expand the potential pool of nominees, and to position the award as a way to promote school nursing in New Hampshire and raise the profile of the New Hampshire School Nurse Association, suggestions were developed and proposed to the Board. Ultimately, the Board determined that the nomination process would remain unchanged but went forward with suggestions to promote the SNOY nomination process on the Association web page. The Board also agreed to provide an Association membership scholarship to the School Nurse of the Year recipient.
The SNOY Committee obtained a list of eligible NHSNA school nurse members. This list was sent via two direct "emailings" to principals, the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, the New Hampshire Association of Special Education Administrators, the NH School Board Association, the NEA, the NH Superintendents listserv, and the NH Pediatric Society. A press release was sent to print news outlets.
Three nomination packets were received prior to the deadline. These packets were reviewed by the SNOY Committee, with last year's School Nurse of the Year recipient. A conference call between Committee members yielded the winner: Amy Holobowicz, RN of Kearsarge Middle School. Steve Patterson, the principal, was notified of her award and a "surprise" conference call was scheduled to announce her award with her principal and school colleagues in attendance
The committee also felt that one of the nominees was also worthy of a special award. After conferring with the Board of Directors, It was decided that Harriet Davenport, would be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in School Nursing.
Due to COVID-19, the usual process for recognizing the award recipients at the Spring Meeting and the Edies event were not possible. Certificates have been mailed to the award recipients, and a plan for recognizing them publicly, in the presence of our membership, will be implemented when public gatherings resume. A Governor’s Citation and gift from NHSNA will also be presented to recipients at this time.
The New Hampshire School Nurses’ Association announces a call for nominations for the New Hampshire School Nurse of the Year 2020-2021! The NH School Nurse of the Year award recognizes an outstanding school nurse for his/ her contributions to the school and community they serve. If you know a school nurse who inspires you with his/ her dedication to the school community, please consider nominating him/ her for this prestigious award!
Nominations close Friday, January 10, 2020
To be eligible for this award, Nominees must meet the following criteria:
Unsure if your Nominee meets the criteria? Just ask them! New Hampshire School Nurses’ Association encourages an open nomination process to assure that the most accurate and detailed information can be provided in the nomination packet!
Kathleen Sherman-DeRoche, BSN, RN received the Excellence in Education, School Nurse of the Year award. She is known as Nurse Kate, and she recieved her award at the 26th Annual EDies (New Hampshire Excellence in Education) award ceremony on June 8th, 2019. She was nominated by Michelle Auger, Principal at Pollard School in the Timberlane Regional School District in Plaistow NH. Kate exemplifies the 21st Century school nurse by her leadership and care coordination. Her broad knowledge of her community, public health and her efforts to constantly improve on the practice of school nursing she keeps her students healthy, safe, and ready to learn.
Pictured at the Edies award are (L-R) Laura Gifford, Chair of the School Nurse of the Year Committee, Nurse Kate (as her students like to call her) and Kathy Barth, President of the New Hampshire School Nurses' Association.
Kate received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of New England in 2002. She has been the School Nurse at the Pollard School for eleven years, serving over 500 students from preschool to grade 5.. In 2013 Kate was voted in by her peers as the Lead Nurse for the district, acting as a liaison between the district’s 12 school nurses and the Director of Student Services. She coordinates and collaborates the health care needs of students with medical needs, including both the District Autism program and District Emotional Disabilities program within the district.
She gives 100% to the students she cares for and has a passion for school nursing. she organized the “Blue Bag Program” with the local Plaistow Lions Club. They have distributed over 20 bags of food to students that have food insecurity each weekend for the past four years.
Kate is also an integral part of her school community she is a board member with the Granite State Dental Program, which brings dental screening and treatment to families who can’t afford dental care. She was instrumental in fundraising and building the school’s new playground. In 2016, she was honored with the Plaistow Women in Leadership Award for her service to the town of Plaistow.
Kate was selected for the EDies award by the New Hampshire School Nurses Association. She has been an active member since 2004 and a member of the National Association of School Nurses since 2010. This year’s theme for the NH School Nurse’s Spring Conference is “Building Connections with the Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice”. It is quite evident that Nurse Kate has built many important connections with town and school district personnel, all for the good of the students she works with. The Association is honored to present her award as NH School Nurses’ Association School Nurse of The Year for 2019.
Respectfully submitted by:
Michelle Auger Principal, Pollard School
Laura Gifford BSN, RN New Hampshire School Nurses’ Association
School Nurse of the Year Committee Chair
The New Hampshire School Nurses’ Association is very proud to present Susan Linehan, BSN as the 2018-2019 School Nurse of the year. She will be receiving her award at the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Awards on June 9th, 2018.
Susan works at the South Range Elementary School in Derry, NH. Susan exemplifies the 21st Century school nurse by her leadership, care coordination, her knowledge of community and public health, and her efforts to constantly improve on the practice of school nursing. By doing so, she keeps students healthy, safe, and ready to learn. Susan received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNH in 1986. Since then, she has as a pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital in Boston as a staff nurse and then in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and has also worked at Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California, and at Parkland Medical Center in Derry.
Susan has been the school nurse for 10 years at South Range Elementary in Derry, NH serving about 350 students and staff. She gives 100% to the students she cares for and has a passion for school nursing. She coordinates and collaborates for the care of student with medical needs, including the Autism program within the school. She provides ongoing nursing assessments, care planning, and emergency care for those in her care. She is an integral part of her school community. Susan is Vice President of the board to the Children’s Dental Network and was a board member of the Derry Community Fund from 2011-2015. She has been an active member in the NH School Nurses’ Association since 2004 and a member of the National Association of School Nurses since 2010.