Moundsville Middle School Nurse Tammy Riding Wins Award

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Tammy Riding, certified school nurse at Moundsville Middle School, was among 10 winners of the Highmark Foundation’s fifth annual Advancing Excellence in School Nursing Awards.

The foundation created the awards program to honor and recognize the important role that school nurses play in keeping children healthy.

Award winners each receive $1,500 to use for professional development or health-related programs at their respective schools.

“I plan to donate the monetary award back to the school so that it can be used for students’ needs or supplies in the health office,” Riding said.

Regarding the source of her inspiration, she said, “I’ve always wanted to work with kids but my mother is the one who encouraged me to be a school nurse. She was a public school nurse for 35-plus years.

“Hearing her talk about her work and how she helped kids and knowing the influence that she had on families in our community made me realize my desire to follow in her footsteps,” she added.

She received a Collaboration Award from the Highmark Foundation. Winners in this category form partnerships with other school districts, health care providers and health systems and/or locate resources and assistance for students, staff and families that may otherwise not be available.

Awards also were presented in the School Nursing Practice and Leadership category and the Spirit of the Year category.

“The expanding role of our school nurses is so important to our children’s health and safety. The skills school nurses demonstrate on a daily basis are beyond impressive,” said Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook.

Cook added, “The challenges facing school nurses have never been greater and these 10 extraordinary school nurses go above and beyond for the students in their care. On behalf of the Highmark Foundation, we are proud to recognize their efforts.”

Also honored were Deborah Kaplan, director of nursing and health services for Raleigh County Schools in Beckley, and Melissa Tornabene, a school nurse at Wood County Schools in Parkersburg. The other seven winners were from schools in Pennsylvania.

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