Wednesday, May 12th is National School Nurse Day - a time DoDEA joins the nation to celebrate the specialized practice of school nursing. This celebration recognizes the contributions school nurses make every day to improve the safety, health, and academic success of all students.
School nurses are the very heartbeat of DoDEA schools. They stand ready to help every child all day, every day. They serve a pivotal role that bridges health care and education that is critical to student achievement. Grounded by standards of practice, the services provided by the school nurse include leadership, community/public health, care coordination, and quality improvement.
The number of students with complex physical and mental health conditions, along with the number of students at risk for health concerns, and students who are affected by societal issues, such as living in poverty, necessitates school nurses to use critical thinking and provide highly skilled, evidence-based practice that meet the needs of students, families and school communities.
Additional resources to help your school honor school nurses can be found at: NASN Website
Charlotte Geehreng is described as an energetic person who is viewed as the “central hub” in her school offering stability, connection and engagement with not only her students and staff, but with key community stakeholders as well. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and currently working on a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Cincinnati. As a nurse in the U.S. Air Force she worked in the emergency room, telemetry, same-day care, neonatal intensive care and flight nursing. Currently she is employed fulltime for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) as a school nurse at the Brussels American School in Brussels, Belgium serving students from prekindergarten through the twelfth grade for the last three years. Prior to that she spent five years working as a substitute school nurse. She has taken on leadership roles in her school such as the Crisis Management Team Chair, The Student Support Team Chair, and the 504 Chair.
Nurse Geehreng, as her staff and students refer to her, is at the helm of many of the school’s customer-centered school reforms resulting in optimal COVID communication plan. Actions taken include expanding the school’s Facebook presence, deploying DoDEA AtHOC (an emergency response system), hosting principal-parent monthly coffee meetings, forming international-family-focused meetings, and launching an internal Resource Management Site along with activating a Community/School Parent Portal to integrate school-related information into one site.
Charlotte has volunteered with the Girl Scouts for many years, served as the school Parent Teacher Organization President, and provides Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training for the American Red Cross. Coaching the Girls Varsity Soccer allows her opportunities to incorporate her holistic nursing skills supporting students mentally, physically and spiritually. She is also a member of the Overseas School Health Nurses Association (OSHNA).
Miyoung Cho, BSN, RN, NCSN at Humphreys High School in Pyeongtaek, South Korea recently earned her National Certification in School Nursing (NCSN).
The Nationally Certified School Nurse credential reflects competence and professionalism. To earn the NCSN a nurse must demonstrate a high level of education, clinical practice experience and knowledge. The rigorous credentialing sets the professional standard for school nursing.
As an OSHNA Member, Miyoung received a check for $100 toward the cost of her certification.