Two NCH Healthcare System School Nurses Recognized by Students

(Naples, FL) Stephanie Ahearn, LPN, School Nurse at Manatee Middle School, and Tricia Kutze, LPN, School Nurse at Tommie Barfield Elementary School have been named “Support Person of the Year” at their respective schools.

The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and the Naples Daily News co-sponsor a program, which allows students the opportunity to recognize a teacher and a school support person who have made a positive impact on their academic and personal life while attending school.

“We are so very proud of these NCH nurses for the impact they make on the lives of young people in our community. The fact that the selection is made by the students themselves makes the recognition most meaningful,” states Elaine Wade, RN, Director, NCH School Nurse Program.

During the past school year a staff of thirty one NCH Nurses and four NCH School Health Assistants have been working with students in all schools throughout the Collier County Public School System. The NCH School Nurse Staff has seen over 70,000 students in the Health Rooms this past school year.