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Promoting Student Health For Student Success

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Congratulations to the SNOM 2020 School Nurse and School Nurse Administrator of the Year!

Deb Landin, BSN, RN, PHN, LSN has been named the 2020 School Nurse of the Year and Jane Riesberg, BSN, RN, LSN, PHN, the 2020 School Nurse Administrator of the Year! Both were honored at the November 13, 2020 annual SNOM Conference. Congratulations to these outstanding and deserving licensed school nurses!

Awards Ceremony Video Link

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The School Nurse Organizaon of Minnesota (SNOM) is pleased to announce Deb Landin, BSN, RN, PHN, LSN of Warroad Public Schools, as the 2020 School Nurse of the Year. This honor recognizes one Licensed School Nurse annually who emulates the profession of School Nurse. Nominated by her peers, Deb is most worthy of this honor, as evidenced by her outstanding School Nursing pracce.

Deb worked as a Cerfied Neuroscience Registered Nurse and Roseau County public health nurse before being hired by Warroad Public Schools, where she is affeconately known as “Nurse Deb” and has worked as the only Licensed School Nurse for the last 31 years. Warroad Public Schools, located 5 miles south of the Canadian border, serves a very rural, mulcultural student populaon. Warroad has a large Nave American populaon and the largest Lao populaon outside of the Twin Cies. Deb provides health services to approximately 1,000 children ages birth to 21 in Warroad’s early learning center, elementary school, high school, and the state’s only one-room school at Angle Inlet, which is 60 miles from Warroad via Canada.

Deb’s accomplishments in school health services reflect her understanding of the 21st century school nurse as a leader and “change agent.” Deb successfully transioned the district to a student informaon system with a strong health component, thereby digizing the district’s health records; added middle school health to the district curriculum; and maintained daily physical educaon classes for PreK-6th grade students.
As a cerfied grant writer, Deb generated more than $1.5 million for her district. Those funds were used to hire the district’s first social worker, increase counseling services, add community educaon programs, and update health office equipment. Deb also wrote a grant to hire the district’s first Lao paraprofessional, who connues to work for the district as an interpreter and cultural liaison. Addionally, Deb was instrumental in establishing 3rd party reimbursement in her district.

Deb serves as the Early Childhood Screening Coordinator and chair of the Health and Safety Commiee. She also serves on numerous other district commiees, including the Staff Development Commiee and Special Educaon Commiee. She is an integral part of the community, where she works closely with local healthcare providers and community organizers to meet the needs of her students. She has received the Warroad School Award of Excellence and the Eagle Feather from the local Nave American Community.

Deb is also a leader at the community, region, and state level. She is the chair of the Warroad Family Social Concerns Team, serves on the Roseau County Health Advisory Board and Emergency Preparedness Commiee, is an acve member of the regional Child Care Resource and Referral Board and Northwest Minnesota School Nurses Group, and has served on numerous Minnesota Department of Educaon (MDE) commiees. For two years, she was the co-leader in presenng the, “Focusing on School Nursing--Third Party Reimbursement” training through MDE. She presently serves on the SNOM Membership Commiee and was part of SNOM’s COVID-19 Task Force.

Last spring, Deb began using Schoology to provide COVID-19 informaon to families in her district, recorded public service announcements to play on local radio staons, and coordinated the collecon and distribuon of 2,000 cloth face masks to community members. As the district’s COVID-19 Coordinator, Deb has been instrumental in providing evidence-based informaon to the administrave team. This fall, she created screening checklists and worked closely with the local public health department and surrounding school districts to plan for a safe and effecve learning model.

Deb’s commitment to school nursing is unwavering. She describes Janice Selekman’s, School Nursing: A Comprehensive Text as her go-to bedme read and has aended 26 annual SNOM conferences. Her district’s high school principal writes, “I have been in numerous districts in my career and have never come across a school nurse who gives more me, energy, and love to the students and community as Deb Landin.” Congratulaons to Deb Landin for her excellence in School Nursing and service to her community and profession!

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ane Riesberg, Manager of Health Services for Elk River Area Schools (ISD 728), has been named the 2020 School Nurse Administrator of the Year by the School Nurse Organizaon of Minnesota (SNOM).

Jane has a strong background in nurse leadership. Aer working as a charge nurse in hospitals and an urgent care clinic, Jane transioned to school health services as a Registered Nurse in the Anoka Hennepin School District. She moved to the Elk River School District in 2003 as a Licensed School Nurse and accepted the Manager of Health Services posion in 2009. She now has over 11 years of nurse management experience as an administrator in her district.

Currently, Jane manages a team of 7 Licensed School Nurses and 24 Health Services Assistants in her district of nearly 14,000 students. The health services staff in Jane’s district describe her as professional, supporve, and a fierce advocate for student health. ISD 728 has grown substanally since Jane became the Manager of Health Services, and she has been successful in increasing LSN and Health Services Assistant staffing, including the hiring of two Health Services Assistant Floats. Jane has also developed a health staff/para acuity scale to use to assess the level of care that students with complex health concerns need at school. Jane also serves as the liaison with four nursing agencies to support the needs of students.

In response to several school shoongs and her assessment of her district’s needs, Jane reached out to Children’s Minnesota to provide “Stop the Bleed” training to her Health Services Staff. She collaborated with the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department, which donated “Stop the Bleed” kits to each building. Jane provides subsequent training for district crisis team staff and refresher training to health services staff.

In early March, Jane iniated discussions around COVID-19 and helped establish a task force to address the challenges of a global pandemic. She worked with district leadership to develop the district’s Coronavirus Response Plan, with Community Educaon to plan for childcare for essenal workers, and with Sherburne County Public Health to meet addional childcare needs to families in the district. Throughout distance learning in the Spring of 2020, Jane helped district LSNs create new training tools for Health Services Assistants and other staff.

This summer, Jane became the COVID-19 Coordinator for her district and led an Administrave Health Team to guide district decisions related to COVID-19. This fall, she developed a process for contact tracing at district sites and trained the health services team. A colleague writes, “[Jane] seeks out the most current evidence-based pracces, which has been especially important during these months of uncertainty. Her collaborave leadership style encourages others to hear her message of good public health pracces and disease migaon strategies.”

Her friends and colleagues consistently recognize her as highly capable, cooperave, and caring. She is valued as an exceponal leader and an exceponal nurse. Congratulaons to Jane Riesberg for her excellence in School Nursing Administraon and service to her community and profession!