Congratulations to Jasmine Wood, from Alexandria, Virginia on being selected as the 2018 Virginia School Nurse of the Year! Jasmine is the School Nurse at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy in Alexandria City Public Schools. She has over 18 years of experience as a registered nurse, with the last 7 years in school health.
As a school nurse, Jasmine manages the daily care of students with medical conditions that encompass diabetes, asthma, cerebral palsy, ADHD, autism and other health impairments. She promotes and encourages staff wellness through blood pressure screenings, weight loss challenges, and physical activity challenges. In addition, she organizes CPR certification classes and an annual flu shot clinic for staff. Jasmine teaches basic first aid to the school’s local Girl Scout troop as well as a myriad of classroom health topics to all students that include germs, emergency drills, dental health, heart healthy lifestyles, and maintaining healthy bodies.
Beyond her medical responsibilities, Jasmine also serves as the Crisis Management Team coordinator. She develops the school’s crisis plan, schedules and implements all of the school’s emergency drills (i.e. fire, active intruder, shelter in place, earthquake), provides staff training in crisis response, and teaches parents about safety in school.
Jasmine also serves as the PR (public relations) liaison for the school. She manages the school’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, writes and distributes the school’s electronic newsletter.
In her role at VASN as Technology Chair, Jasmine manages the VASN website and social media pages. Keeping our VASN current on the web is vital to the growth of our school nurse organization.
“As President of the school PTA, I often hear from other parents about their satisfaction with the attention and care of their children under the attention of Nurse Wood. Many of these families have children with more complex medical concerns outside of the usual bumps and scrapes of elementary school. It is comforting to many families new to our school to meet Nurse Wood and quickly understand that their child will have access to quality nursing care and medical attention if needed.” Jane Davis, Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy PTA President