This year’s Indiana School Nurse Administrator of the Year says, “When I became a Nurse, I did not have a full understanding of the role and what it meant to be a nurse. Becoming a School Nurse and then onto Health Services Supervisor, I understand what they mean by “specialized practice”.
She started pursuing a degree in nursing after getting married and having three children. As a School Nurse and now as the Health Services Supervisor, she clearly understands the importance of this specialized nursing practice and the strong impact it has on both health and education. In 2014, Greater Clark County Schools partnered with Clark Memorial Hospital and physicians group to provide on-site acute care student clinics located within Charlestown High School and Jeffersonville High School. In addition to overseeing health services for 20 schools, Teresa has helped managed these student clinics which has brought her much joy as she has witnessed children with no primary care provider receiving quality health care. Student outcomes are much improved when they can start treatment earlier, which can significantly shorten their illness and their days missed from school.
Teresa also serves as a key member of the state Student Wellness Committee and has worked with a wellness grant provided by the Indiana Department of Health. This grant has allowed for an annual pedometer contest among elementary students in our district with a grand prize of a trip to the local aquatic center, recess equipment, indoor recess, and breakfast in the classroom.
For all of her work to ensure the educational success of her students and the effectiveness of GCCS’ health services program, this year’s Indiana School Nurse Administrator of the Year is Teresa Stengel!