Mineral County School Nurse is State Nurse of the Year

January 21, 1999

Nancy Starcher, a school nurse at Keyser Primary Middle School in Mineral County, was named the 1999 West Virginia School Nurse of the Year today at ceremonies in Charleston.  

Starcher, a school nurse for the past 18 years, has initiated many health programs for students and teachers in Mineral County including an employee wellness effort that earned a bronze "Well Workplace Award" from the National Wellness Council.  

"The work of school nurses is an integral component in building healthy schools and communities," said State Superintendent Dr. Henry Marockie. "Ms. Starcher and dozens of other school nurses in West Virginia are oftentimes the primary health care providers for many children. They are truly a valuable community resource."  

Starcher received her BSN from West Virginia University and is a member of the state and national school nurse organizations.  

In addition to her regular nursing duties for nearly 1300 students and 120 faculty and staff members, she has been involved in crisis intervention training, HIV/AIDS education, dental health education, and was instrumental in developing Mineral County's first medication policy that addressed the safe storage and administration of medications to students.  

Many other student and community health-related programs have been initiated by Starcher such as teen issues day, anti-drug red ribbon celebrations, anti-tobacco summits, and a community fund raising project that resulted in the construction of a fitness trail.  

Starcher will represent the state in the National School Nurse of the Year competition which was won in 1996 by Tucker County's Denice Reese. Last year's state winner was Angela Cavendar of Kanawha County.  

Other finalists in this year's competition include Barbara Downs, Marshall County; Beth Jordan, Nicholas County; Sally Noble, Kanawha County; Frances Powviriya, Taylor County; Avonna Watson, Cabell County; and Joyce Wood, Wood County.  

For more information, contact Lenore Zedosky, West Virginia Department of Education, 304-558-8830.

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