School Nurse of the Year
The form to nominate a nurse for the School Nurse of the Year award is available below.
Congratulations to the 2021-2022 WVASN School Nurse of the Year!
Bobbi is described as the “apple of our eye” by her nursing colleagues. Her consistent, student- centered professional practice makes Bobbi a positive role model to all those who work with her. Students and parents recognize her as an advocate who provides unconditional care with a kind, caring and compassionate delivery.
Bobbi has spent over a dozen years as a school nurse in Berkley County. Prior to school nursing, Bobbi served our nations’ heroes as an orthopedic nurse with the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Martinsburg.
Bobbi’s accomplishments include National Board Certification and receiving the Highmark Foundation Advancing Excellence in School Nursing Award. As an advocate for school nurses across the state, she lobbied for and successfully had the Praxis Exam eliminated as a requirement for school nurses in West Virginia.
When Bobbi is not making a difference in the school setting, she can be found making a difference in the Martinsburg community through involvement in 4-H, Hospice, and Relay for Life, just to name a few. Her most difficult but most rewarding nursing job is that of caregiver to her 97-year-old mother. Bobbi and her husband have been married 47 years. She is a proud momma to two children and grandmother to two grandsons.
Excellence in School Nursing Leadership
The form for Excellence in School Nursing Leadership is available below.
Congratulations to the WVASN Excellence in School Nursing Leadership Recipient
The West Virginia Association of School Nurses established the Excellence in School Nursing Leadership Award to recognize an outstanding school nurse administrator who demonstrates excellence in administering and coordinating quality school nursing services and health programs. A school nurse administrator will be recognized once every four years starting with 2020 and coinciding with
presidential election years.
WVASN is proud to recognize Susan Haslebacher as the first recipient of the Excellence in School Nursing Leadership Award! Susan has been lead nurse in Monongalia County for the last 12 years and supervises a team of 11 registered nurses and 2 practical nurses. Her career in school health began 19 years ago.
During this time, Susan has exhibited organization, spirit, consistency and ethics as she juggles the duties of Director of School Health and Homebound Services. Her colleagues describe her as “consistent, yet fair” and advocates for students to support learning and always errs on the side of the student. She is a professional who commands respect but ensures her coworkers and students respect themselves. Susan is recognized by her county as a budget-savvy administrator!
Susan has served the school nurses of West Virginia over the last nine years as a member of the WVASN Board. She has been on the planning committee for several state conferences and twice was a driving force for Monongalia to host the conference. WVASN members may not know Susan personally, but they can all recognize her as a hands on, hard worker, who gets the job done.
Susan loves spending time and traveling with her family including three lovely, grown and accomplished daughters. The family enjoys going on cruises, camping, kayaking, walking and relaxing in the outdoors. Quilting in the winter and enjoying her animals are other favorite past times.
Congratulations Susan on your accomplishments and thank you for your dedication to the students of Monongalia County.