CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Wirt County nurse has been named the 2008 West Virginia School Nurse of the Year.
Elaine Rinehart, the only school nurse in Wirt County, has been a school nurse for 18 years. Her experience includes health assessments, disease management and health promotion education for students from preschool through high school. She has addressed both acute and chronic health issues that affect students and also works with staff members to care for students with severe food and insect allergies, diabetes and seizures.
"Elaine Rinehart has helped to build tremendous community support through her innovative health programs in Wirt County," said state Superintendent Steve Paine. "She has made a lasting impression on her students that will help them live healthier lives.”
She has earned the respect of nursing colleagues and school professionals. Wirt County Superintendents Dan Metz said Rinehart encourages good health by example, through dedication to her profession and by creating an atmosphere of approachability for health information.
Rinehart is responsible for developing an organized health services program that includes support for a school-based health center. She has overseen the placement of automated external defibrillators in county schools and directs the annual first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation courses for school employees.
She also was chosen as the regional Worksite Wellness Coordinator of the Year for 2007 and is a recipient of the Phoenix award for successful resuscitation outside the health care setting.
Rinehart and runner-up Cassandra Judge of Jackson County will be recognized at the school nurses’ fall conference in November.
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