Moriches Elementary School nurse Teresa Ergul, RN, was recently recognized by the Suffolk County Association of School Nurses (SCASN) with the prestigious “Excellence in School Nursing Award” for Suffolk County for excellence in practice and contributions to the district and the nursing profession. In addition to receiving the award, she will have a scholarship given in her name to a graduating senior in the William Floyd School District who plans to pursue nursing as a career. She is also past president of the Suffolk County Association of School Nurses (SCASN).
Additionally, Claire McCarthy, RN, William Floyd High School nurse, was recently installed as president of the SCASN. Nurse McCarthy is the fourth William Floyd nurse to serve in this role for SCASN joining Ergul, Lead Nurse Jacki O’Donnell, RN, and fellow William Floyd High School nurse, Mary Alvar, RN.
“William Floyd nurses are recognized throughout the county and state as leaders in our field,” said Nurse O’Donnell. “We are respected for the high standards of nursing we adhere to in our practice here in the district.”
SCASN provides educational and networking opportunities to the more than 400 school nurses in Suffolk County. The organization also studies and discusses standards related to the profession and exists to support school nurses in providing the physical, social and emotional well-being of the students in their schools.
The William Floyd Board of Education also recognized the hard work and efforts of district nurses, as well as their achievements, at a recent Board of Education meeting for National School Nurse Day.
National School Nurse Day is celebrated each year in May and is a time to recognize the specialty practice of school nursing. This celebration, sponsored by the National Association of School Nurses, applauds the contributions that school nurses make every day to improve the safety, health and academic success of all students.