This morning, Senator Karen Mayne, Granite School District Superintendent Dr. Stephen Ronnenkamp, and Ms. Jamie Ferdinand of the Utah School Nurse Association announced the launch of the “Shadow a School Nurse Program.” Linda Hansen, Region 5 Director for Utah PTA, and Debbie Guymon, Region 5 Associate Director for Utah PTA, were also in attendance and support the “Shadow a School Nurse Program.” (Region 5 is comprised of schools in Granite School District). The news conference was held at Oquirrh Hills Elementary School in Kearns.
Each day, school nurses provide vital medical care for students who contend with health and emotional issues. Equally vital is funding for school nurses. Beginning in October, the “Shadow a School Nurse Program” will provide opportunities for legislators to shadow school nurses at the schools in their legislative districts to experience first hand how a school nurse spends his/her day. The importance of school nurses cannot be over-emphasized.
Following the news conference, attendees shadowed the school nurse at Oquirrh Hills Elementary School, Janet Bryner. Mrs. Bryner provided medical care for students at Oquirrh Hills who have diabetes. She checked their blood sugar to determine if and when insulin should be administered. Mrs. Bryner provides medical services at nine schools in Granite District.
Senator Mayne expresses her appreciation to Oquirrh Hills Elementary Principal Vicki Ricketts and others in the school who facilitated this news conference.
Superintendent Ronnenkamp and Senator Mayne
Linda Hansen, Utah PTA; Senator Mayne; Debbie Guymon, Utah PTA
School nurse Janet Bryner asks Kimberly Rodriguez to call her mom
about this morning’s insulin dose.
School nurse Janet Bryner helps Kade Cummings check his blood sugar.
Senator Karen Mayne and School Nurse Janet Bryner
Senator Karen Mayne and Oquirrh Hills Elementary Principal Vicki Ricketts
Thanks from the kids