School District 51 nurses finalists for Nightingale Awards

Two nurses with Mesa County School District 51 have been selected as the finalists for annual Nightingale Awards.

Sheri Campbell and Heather Schuman are among the finalists for awards honoring health care professionals who exemplify the practice and philosophy of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale. The winners will be announced in coming months.

Campbell received the Nightingale Clinical Leadership in Innovation Award for the Western Slope.

She works at Redlands Middle School and both Broadway and Wingate elementary schools.

Campbell put together a mock drill program that was selected for a presentation for a national school nurse conference in June. Although schools conduct fire and lockdown drills, medical emergencies are more likely to occur. The mock drill program prepares staff to respond to seizures and anaphylactic or diabetic reactions as well as use cardiopulmonary resuscitation to save lives.

Schuman was selected as a finalist in the clinical leadership in advocacy category.

She works as a nurse at Central High School. In addition, she’s worked as a diabetes educator in Western Colorado, shares her knowledge and skills as a trainer for nurses and health assistants and ensures diabetic students receive the best care possible to achieve their academic goals.