Lexington 1 RN named state school nurse

Jessica Porter, a registered nurse at Oak Grove Elementary School in Lexington 1, has been named the School Nurse (RN) of the Year by the state Department of Education and Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The South Carolina Association of School Nurses also recently presented Nathan White, principal at Olympia Learning Center in Richland County School District One, with its School Health Services Award. This award is presented annually to honor an individual or entity – other than a school nurse – whose support of school nursing and school health promotion is exemplary.

Porter has worked as a school nurse for eight years. In addition to giving the direct health services necessary for keeping students at her school in the class and ready to learn, she works to promote an overall school experience that supports a healthy lifestyle, acccording to state officials.

She also manages the care of students with chronic health conditions by developing and implementing individual health care plans, responding to the episodic needs of students, and creatively reinforcing healthy behaviors such as hand washing and cough etiquette.

Under Porter’s leadership, students, parents and school staff learn healthy habits through such activities as Walk to School Day, Turn Off the TV campaigns and health fairs. She is fluent in Spanish and uses this knowledge to assist families. An active member of the South Carolina Association of School Nurses, Porter is a past president of the organization and is a Nationally Certified School Nurse.

-- From Staff Reports