Virginia Shaffer Honored as Ohio School Nurse of the Year

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Virginia Shaffer, a dedicated Diabetes Resource Coordinator for Columbus City Schools (CCS), has been awarded the prestigious title of Ohio School Nurse of the Year by the Ohio Association of School Nurses. This recognition celebrates Shaffer’s unwavering commitment to promoting student health and wellness within the school community.

With over 14 years of experience in diabetes management, Shaffer’s role extends far beyond traditional nursing duties. As a Diabetes Resource Coordinator, she advocates tirelessly for students with diabetes, coordinating their care with families and healthcare providers. Shaffer’s emphasis on empowering students to independently manage their diabetes fosters lifelong health habits and self-reliance.

In addition to her direct work with students, Shaffer plays a pivotal role in supporting fellow nurses across the district. She provides training and guidance to ensure consistent and comprehensive care for all students with diabetes, both at school and at home. Her collaborative efforts with colleagues like Dr. Machelle Kline and Dr. Carole Sullivan have garnered praise for her compassionate approach, deep understanding of diabetes management, and unwavering dedication to the field of nursing.

Shaffer’s impact extends beyond the confines of her school community. She actively engages with local, state, and national school nursing associations, contributing her expertise to various committees, educational sessions, and board service roles. Currently serving as the Executive Board Vice President of the Central Ohio Association of School Nurses, Shaffer’s leadership exemplifies her commitment to advancing the profession and advocating for the well-being of students statewide.

Central to Shaffer’s success are the strong relationships she cultivates with families and students. By fostering an environment of trust and support, she ensures that students feel empowered to prioritize their health and voice their concerns. Shaffer’s holistic approach to nursing emphasizes the importance of schools as safe spaces where students and families can access resources and information to lead healthy lives.

Shaffer’s outstanding contributions to school nursing will be formally recognized at the Ohio Association for School Nurses Conference on April 19, 2024, held at the Sawmill Creek Resort. Her accolade not only celebrates her individual achievements but also serves as a testament to the vital role that school nurses play in promoting student well-being and creating inclusive and supportive learning environments.

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In honoring Virginia Shaffer as Ohio School Nurse of the Year, the state recognizes her exemplary dedication to student health and her unwavering commitment to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to thrive.

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