Ironton nurse receives national honor

Published 10:33 am Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Earlier this year, Ironton City Schools’ nurse Annette Scott was named School Nurse of the Year for 2014 by the Ohio Association of School Nurses.

That made her national honor of Excellence in School Nursing from the National Association of School Nurses just “icing on the cake,” she said.

Scott was invited to accept the national recognition during the NASN’s 47th annual conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, later this month.

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“I will be attending the NASN conference this month in Philadelphia to receive my award, but I will also be representing and accepting this award for Ohio, Ironton, Ironton City Schools, my students, my family and, most of all, Jesus Christ, who is the head of my life,” Scott said. “This is also a treat because I’m originally from Philly so I get to visit family and friends.”

In a letter from Carolyn Duff, president of the NASN, and Susan Zacharski, awards committee chair for the NASN excellence in school nursing, lauded Scott’s achievements.

“We are so proud of your accomplishments and know that you exemplify the best of school nursing,” the letter said. “Your students, faculty and families are fortunate to have you serving in the community. Thank you for all you contribute to the specialty of school nursing.”

Scott also said she would celebrate her 34th wedding anniversary with her husband, Hugh Scott, during the trip.

Scott began working as an assistant school nurse in 1994. In 1996 she was hired as special education school nurse, a position she held until 2003 when she became the certified school nurse for Ironton City Schools.

“I love helping others and, again, it is an honor and a privilege to serve,” Scott said.