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Health Department nurse named NC School Nurse of the Year

October 3, 2014

Hendersonville, NC—Delores Parris, RN, school nurse at the Department of Public Health, was named the 2014 North Carolina School Nurse of the Year on Thursday, October 2, at the 31st Annual North Carolina School Nurse Conference in Chapel Hill. The award acknowledges the contributions of school nurses statewide by focusing on one school nurse annually who has demonstrated excellence in school nursing practice.

Parris has been a registered nurse for 18 years and has worked as a school nurse in Henderson County Public Schools for 15 years. She serves students of all ages from elementary through high school, as well as exceptional children.

“Delores’ dedication to the welfare of Henderson County children is worthy of recognition,” said Health Director Steve Smith. “The Henderson County Board of Health and department staff are proud of her efforts. She exemplifies the work ethic and commitment of the entire school health nurse staff to improve health and the academic success of our school aged youth.”

Former school nurse and colleague Robbie Goolsby remarked that Parris has been a positive role model to her students as well as her peers. “Her hands have bandaged visible and invisible wounds, touching so many lives in so many ways beyond the scope of nursing,” Goolsby said.

Parris will be honored at a reception on Monday, October 6, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., in the Classroom at the Health Department, 1200 Spartanburg Hwy., Suite 100, Hendersonville. The public is invited.