NCSN of the Year Recognition Awards

NCSN of the Year Recognition Awards

The NCSN of the Year Award is presented at the NASN Annual Conference to honor an NCSN who has promoted certification as well as worked to enhance general competency in school nursing. The NCSN of the Year Award is presented to a nationally certified school nurse who is nominated by a peer or peers. This award recognizes a certified school nurse who has been influential in promoting certification and exceptional competency in the field. Any NCSN can be nominated.

Do you know a deserving school nurse?

NCSN of the Year 2020

Eileen Moss, DNP, RN, PEL-CSN

         

Eileen Moss has been given the National Board for Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN) 2020 NCSN of the Year Award. This award is given each year to an outstanding NCSN in recognition of efforts to promote national school nurse certification at the national, state, or local level, and enhance competency and expertise among school nurse professionals.

NBCSN’s mission is to advance the health and learning of students and the wellness of the school community through a rigorous national certification process for school nurses. NBCSN’s vision is that a nationally certified school nurse will safeguard the health of every student so as to optimize learning and promote healthy communities.

Eileen has enthusiastically promoted the NCSN certification through her work in encouraging her students in her state school nurse certification courses to become nationally certified. Additionally, she is clearly a preeminent school nurse leader; Eileen received the 2019 IL School Nurse Administrator of the year award, she is a SAGE scholarly Writing Award 2020 recipient, is a NASN Scholarship Committee member, has multiple authorships, and much, much more. School nursing is richer to have her among our fold.

Thank you, Eileen for your ongoing support for national certification of school nurses and your dedication to healthy students and communities and NBCSN sends our dearest congratulations on this achievement.

NCSNs of the Year 2021

Amy Taldo, RN, BSN, NCSN

Amy Taldo, has been one of the ones given the National Board for Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN) 2021 NCSN of the Year Award. This award is given each year to an outstanding NCSN(s) in recognition of efforts to promote national school nurse certification at the national, state, or local level, and enhance competency and expertise among school nurse professionals.

NBCSN’s mission is to advance the health and learning of students and the wellness of the school community through a rigorous national certification process for school nurses. NBCSN’s vision is that a nationally certified school nurse will safeguard the health of every student to optimize learning and promote healthy communities. Amy’s work in her district surrounding the inclusion of research in practice, as well as the use of the Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice is outstanding and will hopefully serve as a model for other districts.

The NBCSN is aware that both the time and cost of studying for the exam—the actual cost of taking the exam—can be a barrier for school nurses. Thank you to Amy for her efforts in obtaining funding for her colleagues to sit for the NCSN exam, and for her (early morning) time spent leading her colleagues in review.

Wendy Harsch, RN, BSN, NCSN

Wendy Harsch, has been one of the ones given the National Board for Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN) 2021 NCSN of the Year Award. This award is given each year to an outstanding NCSN(s) in recognition of efforts to promote national school nurse certification at the national, state, or local level, and enhance competency and expertise among school nurse professionals.

NBCSN’s mission is to advance the health and learning of students and the wellness of the school community through a rigorous national certification process for school nurses. NBCSN’s vision is that a nationally certified school nurse will safeguard the health of every student to optimize learning and promote healthy communities. We were impressed and inspired to read about the work Wendy has done to ensure school nurses in her district have access to continuing education opportunities and face fewer barriers in their quest to become nationally certified.

Wendy’s nominator mentioned that at least twenty nurses have sat for the NCSN exam as a result of her mentorship—please know that Wendy has changed the lives of all of these colleagues as well as the school communities they serve.