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 2022 West Virginia School Nurse of the Year!

WVASN is honored to announce Jenny Friel RN, BSN, CSN as West Virginia’s School Nurse of the Year for 2022. In 2005, Jenny Friel became the first School Nurse in Pocahontas County. She established the School Health Program and the mobile dentistry program. As the only certified School Nurse for the five schools within the county, Jenny oversees 3 LPNs and provides the upmost care to her students. Mrs. Friel understands the community in which she lives and practices and provides health promotion and disease prevention to those in need.

Mrs. Friel is CPR certified and has an American Heart CPR instructor certification. She began serving on the West Virginia Council of School Nurses fall of 2014 and is currently in her second term. During the present year (2021-2022) she has helped establish policies and procedures for all WV School Nurses, along with developing safe and evidence-based practice standards as published in the Basic and Specialized Health Care Procedures Manual for West Virginia Public Schools.  Additionally, she has helped the Council update the School Nurse Mentorship Manual and Supplemental Guidelines. She is currently serving her second year on the Nominating Committee for the West Virginia Association of School Nurses.

Mrs. Friel collaborates with local organizations to bring much needed services to the students in Pocahontas County. Through the mobile dentist program, students receive dental services they would otherwise not receive. She works with the Family Resource Network, making referrals related to teen pregnancy and for families in need. As a board member on the local health department, Jenny helps establish sanitary and health policies for the community. She is a member of the Pocahontas County Pandemic Task Force. 

Mrs. Jenny Friel is the definition of what a school nurse represents. She is a role model for the community and the nursing profession.

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.

Contact Us

West Virginia Association of School Nurses
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Beckley, WV 25801