to the Iowa School Nurse Organization
“The Iowa School Nurse Organization
(ISNO) supports school nurses in the delivery of
health services designed to improve the health and
academic success of children.”
Congratulations to Melanie Hicklin
2015 Iowa School Nurse of the Year
Melanie has been a school nurse in West Des Moines Community School District for over 20 years. Nominated by an associate principal, Dr. Erika Cook, Melanie is described as “a pillar of Valley High School”. She serves over 2100 students and families at the largest high school in Iowa and does so with a “welcoming attitude and smile”. She is described as a “continual learner” that provides “excellent customer services for students, staff and families”.
Melanie is licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, National Certification Family Nurse Practitioner, Special Education Nurse (Iowa Department of Public Health) and a Nationally Certified School Nurse. She is an active member of many professional nursing and education organizations including NASN/ISNO. She has been involved in leadership capacities, curriculum development, fundraisers, legislative work, and mentoring for school nursing with ISNO/NASN, the West Des Moines Education Association and the Iowa Department of Education.
Melanie is an exemplary school nurse and we are proud to have her represent Iowa as our School Nurse of the Year. She will be recognized at the ISNO School Nurse Conference at Honey Creek Resort on April 10, 2015.
nursing is a specialized practice of professional
nursing that advances the well being, academic success,
and life-long achievement of students. To that end,
school nurses facilitate positive student responses
to normal development; promote health and safety;
intervene with actual and potential health problems;
provide case management services; and actively collaborate
with others to build student and family capacity for
adaptation, self management, self advocacy, and learning."
(Adopted at the NASN Board of Directors meeting, June
ISNO membership is open to all levels of nursing
education. ISNO membership includes membership
in the National Association of School Nurses
(NASN). ISNO and NASN benefits school nurses
by speaking as one voice locally and nationally,
increasing the visability of school nursing,
advocating for manageable nurse to student
ratios, and providing a forum for discussion
of school health issues.
more about NASN
a Nationally Certified School Nurse
Professional Certification provides an ongoing,
quality credentialing process for eligible
school nurses. Certification assures a national
standard of preparation, knowledge, and practice.
Certification Review Book (2010) The
resource you have been waiting for to help
you prepare to take the National School Nurse
Certification Exam. Dr. Janice Selekman DNSc,
RN, NCSN, a recognized expert in pediatric
nursing, and NASN Past President Linda C.
Wolfe MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN, FNASN are the authors.
This text was created in response to many
years of requests from School Nurses for a
study guide related to the certification process
and content. The text is formatted as a review
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