Kim Nelson, Central LSN, and Mary Tomes, School Nurse of the Year

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Congratulations Mary Tomes, ECSE LSN!  On Saturday November 8th, Mary Tomes was recognized as the Minnesota School Nurse of the Year by the School Nurse Organization of Minnesota (SNOM).  Ms. Tomes joined SPPS in 2008.  Ms. Tomes has worked as a school nurse in a variety of settings, beginning with the Minnesota Migrant Program during harvest in 1979.  She has worked in a cooperative special education district, elementary, middle, and high schools.  Presently she is assigned to Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) including evaluation, inclusion, Part C, and serves as a coach to elementary school nurses.  Ms. Tomes led a Professional Learning Community (PLC) group of nurses in planning for medically fragile children with significant nursing needs.  The group developed a decision making tree to determine skilled nursing needs that exceed the school's Health Office staffing.  She has also worked with a PLC group on feeding and swallowing strategies.  Students with disabilities and their families are served well on their entry into special education by the understanding Ms. Tomes has of the complex process.

Ms. Tomes brings strong public health principles of prevention and early intervention to her practice of school nursing.  Staff, families, and school nursing colleagues find Ms. Tomes to be approachable, professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate.

Since 2009, she has been a member of the SNOM Special Education Committee with Chairperson Janet Lowe.  She actively assists in arranging the spring forum, School Nurse Role in Special Education.  Her strong and varied experience linking health and learning is valuable to this committee and to nurses throughout Minnesota.

Current and former SPPS staff honoring Mary Tomes, School Nurse of the Year, at awards luncheon