Sampson County Schools was recognized recently by CommWell Health and received its Community Health Hero Award for promoting health and wellness in the community.
Kim Jackson, lead nurse for Sampson County Schools, said it was a great recognition for the school nurses, who have an important impact on students when it comes to their health. The district received the award during a ceremony related to National Health Center Week, held Aug. 9 through Aug. 15. It marked the first year, for CommWell Health’s award recognition.
Many school nurses throughout the district believe it’s important for students to be well, so they can concentrate in the classrooms. Jackson recalled an incident when a student had serious dental issues, which resulted in the child receiving treatment and transportation to CommWell Health for services.
“He was able to be treated for his dental issues, therefore he was able to stay awake in class because he received treatments,” Jackson said.
It was one of the reasons, Sampson County Schools received the award from CommWell Health.
There’s a total of nine school nurses in the district who work with teachers and administrators to provide needs for students. Jackson said they’re a dedicated group of professionals who work well with parents, administrators and school staff to provide training, medication and equipment.
With close to 20 schools in the district, Jackson indicated that the small group of nurses deals with obstacles.
“The kids have more and more health issues as they come in,” Jackson said.
One challenge that the district faced was the closing of the Child Development Center, which housed medical fragile students. Another is always making sure children have their medical needs addressed.
Jeana Carr, director of Elementary Education, said she was very proud of the efforts from CommWell Health district nurses and staff members.
“I think the work that CommWell does as well as other resources that we have in Sampson County does a lot in helping us make sure our parents and children have the things that they need,” Carr said regarding the school’s collaboration with emergency and medical professionals. “We could actually turn around and give them the award. It could be award that we could give back to them for all the help they provide for us as well.”
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