A True Leader in School Health Retires: Best Wishes to Janet Wright

VASN would like to congratulate Janet Wright on her retirement and offer our well wishes! After becoming a school nurse at Rural Point Elementary School in Hanover County, Janet joined VASN in November 2000. She has been an active member of the association and has served as the Treasurer and NASN Director (1/14-12/17). In her role as State School Nurse Consultant at the Virginia Department of Health, she has served as a member of the VASN Executive Committee offering professional leadership and guidance for the past 10 years.

Janet represented Virginia well as the NASN Director. During her time on the national board she served on the Strategic Programs committee, was the Endowment Fund Raising committee co-chair, participated in annual legislative day events in Washington, DC and served as a mentor to many new directors. In addition, Janet was instrumental in the development of The Role of the School Nurse in Diabetes Management  (2017) and The Complementary Roles of the School Nurse and School Based Health Centers (2015) NASN position documents. Many strategies learned at NASN have been brought back to Virginia to enhance our practice and our VASN conference.

Janet’s collaborative approach, school health experience, calm manner, and expert communication skills will be sorely missed! VASN officers and membership would like to express our sincere gratitude for a job well done! Enjoy your retirement!

Messages from VASN members 

“I knew you were special the first time I heard you speak at a VASN conference and later when I became a school health coordinator. Please know that the positive impact of your work is far reaching (even down here at the beach). I wish you good health, happiness, and great adventures in the next chapter of your life. Thank you for all your support!”  Mary S. Shaw, Virginia Beach

“Janet, thank you thank you thank you for all the wise advice, your ever-knowledgeable presence, and advocacy for the health and welfare of the school children of Virginia—all of them! And of course for your wisdom in all matters related to school nursing and school nurses. I will miss you terribly. But I think I know where to find you—at least when you’re in metro Richmond and not traveling here and yon, which I know you want to do. Godspeed and enjoy the next chapter in your life!”  Becky Bowers-Lanier

“Thank you for all you have done to elevate the role of the school nurse and to provide resources for school nurses, school staff and families. Your work on the local, state, and national levels will impact student health for years to come! Your partnerships and collaborative approach to problem solving are exemplary and set a high standard for your successor! We will miss you in the school health arena! Best wishes in your retirement. Have fun. You deserve it!”  Tia Campbell

“I am so thankful to have had Janet to lean on for so many years both in Stafford and in Culpeper.  We greatly appreciate all you do. Enjoy camping with your family.” Kathleen Walsh RN

“Janet, Thank you for always being so kind and inclusive.  Your support and encouragement through the years has given me the energy and excitement to work as an active member of VASN.  Your support and knowledge of school health was vital in my growth as a school nurse.  I am so excited for you and your new life adventure.  You are loved and you will be missed.  Safe travels and happy gardening.”  Hope Luong

“Dearest Janet, thank you for your steadfast faith in God, your love of your family and your service to children, the adults who care for them and the jobs that they do. You have used that mighty combination to build an enduring legacy, no higher measure of a career. I deeply appreciate these 20 years of guidance, your partnership and your friendship. Praying God’s continued protection and every blessing in your retirement. It’s a date with our Marks whenever you come to Charlotte!”  Barbara Yow

“Janet, Thank you for everything you have done for school nurses.  You are an example to all.  Thank you for your knowledge, your care, and your leadership.  You are amazing and you will be missed. Enjoy retirement!” Rene Pettit, Region 4

“Dear Janet, I am deeply grateful to you for your caring, kind support over the past five years. Your calm, smiling demeanor was such a blessing when I called you for assistance. You have been a wonderful resource as I tried to help my student population in so many different situations. Best wishes for a wonderful next adventure.”  Bernadette Berset

“Janet,  For the past twenty years as a school nurse, you have been a resource for me.  I appreciate all of the information, help and kindness that you willingly gave. I have met you a couple of times at conferences, but with the numbers of nurses that you were working with I know that it would be impossible to remember each name.  Just know though that we will remember you and your much needed help.  Good luck and Congratulations, enjoy!”  Linda M. Torrance, School Nurse, Rappahannock County Public Schools

“Janet, You have been a leader and a mentor to me and so many other school nurses.  You have worked hard and I wish you all joy and new experiences in your retirement.  It is a time for enjoying your family and friends.  God’s blessing to you in this new chapter in your life.  Via con Dios” Virginia Wilkinson

“Congratulations on your retirement! Thank you for your service to VASN. I will miss you and your words of encouragement. Enjoy your retirement.   Best wishes to you and your family.”  Joyce Shoultz, RN

“Congratulations on your retirement! Thank you for your leadership and wisdom. Best wishes for a very happy life!” Jeannie Kloman

“Hi Janet, I am new to school nursing ( 2nd year full time) and can only hope that I can make a difference as you have.  I hope you have plans to spend time with family and friends.  Best wishes to you.”  Deb Sukley

“Janet, Wishing you the most enjoyable retirement with your family! It is school nurses like you that make me proud to be one too! Happy Retirement!”  Jasmine Wood

“Janet, Congratulations on your upcoming retirement! Thank you for all that you have done for Virginia School Nurses over the years. You will definitely be missed. I wish you all the best with the next chapter of your life. God bless.” Teresa Gallahan

“Janet, you have been an amazing role model, an effective advocate for the health of Virginia’s children and school nursing, and a thoughtful and caring colleague. Thank you very much and bless you!” Bernice B. Allen, PhD, RN


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