One of the best stories of the pandemic happened today in Valdosta City Georgia. Each of the ten school nurses were surprised and celebrated with a stipend for $10,000.00, complete with balloons personally delivered by their building principals and district admnistrators.
On Wednesday, Valdosta City Schools’ nurses received a huge surprise!
Each of the 10 school nurses was presented with a $10,000 stipend for the work they have done during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Assistant superintendent for student support services, Beth DeLoach, applied for a grant offered through the Department of Public Health. The maximum amount to request was $100,000. DeLoach submitted the request for the entire amount to give as a stipend to the VCS school clinic nurses.
Published by Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FNASN, FAAN
Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FNASN, FAAN, is a Nationally Certified School Nurse (NCSN), currently in her 22nd year as a New Jersey school nurse in the Camden City School District. Robin is the Director for New Jersey to the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) Board. She is proud to be a Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Fellow and past Program Mentor. Robin is the honored recipient of multiple awards for her work in school nursing and population health. These awards include, 2019 and 2020 National Association of School Nurses President’s Award, 2018 NCSN School Nurse of the Year, 2017 Johnson & Johnson School Nurse of the Year, and the New Jersey Department of Health 2017 Population Health Hero Award. Robin serves as faculty in the School Nurse Certificate Program at Rutgers University-Camden School of Nursing, where she teaches the next generation of school nurses. She was presented the 2018 Rutgers University – Camden Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award for Part-time Faculty. Robin writes a weekly blog called The Relentless School Nurse. She also writes a monthly column in My American Nurse, the official journal of the American Nurses Association. Robin’s work is included as a case study in The Future of Nursing Report 2020-2030. You can follow Robin on Twitter at @RobinCogan.
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5 thoughts on “The Relentless School Nurse: Georgia’s Valdosta City Schools’ Nurses Surprised with $10k Stipends!”
Wow, just wow!!! Congrats to them!
I would encourage EVERYBODY to talk with their admin about this. We just found something in the teacher’s contract about a 20% stipend for teaching an extra class. That’s a big deal! Guess what? We are “teaching extra classes” and going for the 20%
Waiting for your next Musings From Maine Judy!
Phew…..eerily quiet today. Might be looking up at the sole of a shoe about to drop.
Our district (Ann Arbor Public Schools) also gave us all school nurses a 10K bonus, spread out over the year. For us, the recognition was (almost) as important as the money. I wish every single school nurse could be honored this way!