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Wendler Middle School Nurse Recognized Among Peers with Top Award

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Wendler Middle School Nurse Kim Boyd poses with her award and flowers inside Wendler.

Longtime Wendler Middle School Nurse Kim Boyd, BSN, RN, NCSN, received the 2020-2021 School Nurse Excellence in Alaska award during the annual Alaska School Nurses Association Annual Spring Conference, held virtually on April 24, 2021.

Boyd was honored by ANSA among her fellow Alaskan school nurses for demonstrating excellence in school nursing through daily practice, continuing education, collaboration, and leadership in school health.

Boyd credited the District’s Health Services Department and her colleagues for their constant professionalism and expertise during the response to COVID-19. “I am in awe the way the [health services department] led us through constant change, upheaval, and surprises. It is humbling to win the SNEA award when I see the dedication and hard work of all school nurses during the time of COVID.”

Boyd is ready to excel further as a problem solver and collaborator after facing challenges during the pandemic.  New hurdles included the implementation of new technology and effective communication with different audiences. Boyd even took Spanish classes to help conduct visits and screenings with Spanish-speaking families.

Boyd is right at home as a member of the Wendler family after 17 years of pediatric nursing. “Being a school nurse in the community where I live has allowed me to really get to know families and students and make a positive impact,” she said.

Creating a positive impact includes the Anchorage community as well. Boyd collaborates extensively with local non-profits and organizations, such as the Alaska Kidney Foundation's Kids in the Kitchen program and the Food Bank of Alaska’s Kids Need Nutrition program. Boyd is also an active member of a middle school nurse cohort, mentors new school nurses, and is a preceptor for the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and charter school nurses.

“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity I have to be a school nurse, and [thank] my mentors, role models, health services leadership, my school community of leaders and teachers, and our amazing Wendler students and families,” Boyd said.