• School Health Nursing Staff

    The mission of Unit 5 Certified School Nurses:
    To enhance the educational potential of all students by promoting wellness and facilitating the resolution of health concerns which create barriers to learning.

    The education and training of Certified School Nurses:
    A Certified School Nurse (CSN) has passed the State of Illinois licensure exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN) & has graduated from a college or university with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing (BSN). In addition, a Certified School Nurse has gained a higher level of expertise through clinical experiences and theory/classes to obtain certification from the Illinois State Board of Education in the specialty area of school nursing.

    The definition of a “School Nurse” - by The National Association of School Nurses:
    "School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self management, self advocacy, and learning."


    2020 - 2021 STAFF

    Paula Birsa - RN, BSN, Certified School Nurse - Normal West High School

    Stephanie Heppe - RN, BSN - Certified School Nurse - Normal West High School 

    Tamara Ahrens - RN, BSN - Certified School Nurse - Normal Community High School

    Jessica Murphy - RN, BSN - Normal Community High School

    Andrea Powell - RN, BSN, Certified School Nurse - Chiddix Junior High

    Joely McCaw - RN, BSN - Certified School Nurse - Evans Junior High

    Jennifer O'Brien - RN, BSN, Certified School Nurse - Kingsley Junior High 

    Lyn Carter - MSN, RN, Certified School Nurse - Parkside Junior High

    Christa Blemler - RN, BSN - Colene Hoose Elementary & Carlock Elementary

    Emily Tucker - RN, BSN - Certified School Nurse - Fairview Elementary & Oakdale Elementary

    Susy Marcum - MSN, RN, Certified School Nurse - Grove Elementary & Eugene Field

    Julie May - RN, BSN, M.Ed, Certified School Nurse - Prairieland & Hudson Elementary      

    Kelly Cole - RN, BSN, M.Ed, Certified School Nurse - Northpoint Elementary & Towanda Elementary

    Amanda Goff - RN, BSN, Certified School Nurse - Brigham Early Learning & Parkside Elementary

    Jane Tucker - MSN, RN, Certified School Nurse - Fox Creek Elementary & Pepper Ridge Elementary

    Jen Sikes - RN, BSN - Certified School Nurse, Sugar Creek Elementary

    Karen Reichard - RN, BSN - Benjamin Elementary & Glenn Elementary

    Kellee Mustard - RN,  BSN - District Float Nurse 

    Amy Jones - RN, BSN  Cedar Ridge Elementary