The New York State Association of School Nurses (NYSASN) recently selected Jacki O’Donnell, RN, lead nurse at William Floyd, as the recipient of the Judith Harrigan Founder’s Award, an honor bestowed upon a practicing school nurse and member of the Board of Directors of NYSASN given in “recognition of exemplary service to NYSASN and the children of New York State.”
“I am honored to receive this award,” said Nurse O’Donnell. “It is very humbling to be recognized by an organization that represents more than 4,000 school nurses across New York State.”
Mrs. O’Donnell has served the children of the William Floyd School District as a school nurse for the past 23 years, with the last 13 as lead nurse. In addition to her duties supervising a staff of 13 nurses, she coordinates all the health services for the district, conducts trainings, acts as a liaison to the county and state health departments, and is a consultant to the William Floyd community regarding health matters. She is also a member of the NYSASN Board of Directors, currently serving in the role of membership chair. Previous NYSASN service includes serving as Suffolk County representative, treasurer and newsletter editor.
Mrs. O’Donnell added, “Thank you to the district for the great support given to all the nurses which allows us to be leaders in our field.”