The 2015 North Carolina School Nurse of the Year is Sherry Robinson, a school nurse with the Union County Public Schools. Sherry received her BSN from Old Dominion in 1977. In 2003 Sherry joined the Union County Public Schools after working as a school nurse in Portsmouth Virginia from 1994 – 2002. She is a member of NASN and SNANC and an active member of the Southwest Regional School Nurse Association, serving the region as the Legislative chairperson.
This nurse was instrumental in developing the DNR protocol in Union County. This protocol set the standard for the State of North Carolina. For this protocol, she worked through the standards of practice with the school nurse consultants, school lawyers and administration. Sherry ultimately preserved the dignity of her student’s life with this protocol. She has also contributed to the Pregnancy and Concussion Protocols and helped evaluate and improve the Sexually Transmitted Disease curriculum for Union County Public Schools.
Sherry’s co-workers admire her for being a dedicated employee and for facing incredibly difficult situations with grace and compassion. She values people – her work is not just her job and her students and staff are not just numbers. At one time she covered five schools with over 4000 students. Never did she complain about working in an office the size of a closet or without adequate facilities. Finally, she continues to dedicate herself to a life time of knowledge, kindness and a delightful sense of humor to the art of school nursing.