The Highmark Foundation has announced Moundsville Middle School Nurse Tammy Riding is one of its ten winners of the 5th annual Advancing Excellence in School Nursing Awards, created to honor and recognize the important role school nurses play in keeping children healthy.
“The expanding role of our school nurses is so important to our children’s health and safety. The skills school nurses demonstrate on a daily basis are beyond impressive,” said Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook. “The challenges facing school nurses have never been greater and these 10 extraordinary school nurses go above and beyond for the students in their care. On behalf of the Highmark Foundation we are proud to recognize their efforts.”
The awards were presented in three categories, highlighting the dynamic role of school nurses. “School Nursing Practice & Leadership” winners demonstrated leadership in school health, exhibit qualities of care and compassion and/or publish research.
“Spirit of the Year” winners served as a role model and displayed a love for the school nursing profession; compassion and caring for students, staff and families; and a willingness to learn and advance the school nursing profession.
Tammy Riding, BSN, RN, CSN from Moundsville Middle School was given an award in the “Collaboration” division. She was recognized for partnerships with other school districts, health care providers and health systems and locating resources and assistance for students, staff and families that may otherwise not be available. Riding received a $1,500 check and a metal statue during a surprise school assembly Monday afternoon. She has decided to donate the money to the school to buy supplies students might need when in her care.
The Advancing Excellence in School Nursing Awards winners were selected by a panel of judges from nominations received across the regions that the Highmark Foundation serves throughout West Virginia and Pennsylvania (excluding Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties). Award winners each received $1,500 to use for professional development or health-related programs at their respective schools.