• 2022-2023 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."


    • Tamara Ahrens - BSN, RN, Certified School Nurse - Normal Community High School  
    • Paula Birsa - BSN, RN, Certified School Nurse, National Certification - Normal West High School
    • Annette Cherry - BSN, RN, Certified School Nurse - Normal West High School 
    • Jessica Murphy - MSN, RN, Certified School Nurse -  Normal Community High School


    • Lyn Carter - MSN, RN, Certified School Nurse, National Certification - Parkside Junior 
    • Joely McCaw - BSN, RN, Certified School Nurse - Evans Junior 
    • Jennifer O'Brien - BSN, RN, Certified School Nurse - Kingsley Junior 
    • Andrea Powell - BSN, RN, Certified School Nurse - Chiddix Junior High  


    • Amy Boland - BSN, RN - Pepper Ridge & Brigham    
    • Christa Blemler - BSN, RN - Colene Hoose 
    • Penny Brandt - BSN, RN, Certified School Nurse - Northpoint & Carlock 
    • Kelly Cole -  M.Ed, RN, Certified School Nurse, National Certification - Prairieland & Towanda
    • Jill Deacon - MSN, RN, Certified School Nurse, National Certification - Fariview & Hudson
    • Amanda Goff - BSN, RN, Certified School Nurse, National Certification - Parkside
    • Amy Jones - BSN, RN, Certified School Nurse - Fox Creek & Glenn
    • Susy Marcum - MSN, RN, Certified School Nurse, National Certification, Nursing Department Chair - Grove & Eugene Field
    • Kellee Mustard - BSN, RN, Certified School Nurse  - Districtwide Nurse 
    • Karen Reichard - BSN, RN, Certified School Nurse - Benjamin
    • Melissa Scottberg - BSN, RN - Cedar Ridge
    • Jen Sikes - BSN, RN, Certified School Nurse - Sugar Creek
    • Emily Tucker - BSN, RN, Certified School Nurse - Brigham & Oakdale