FAIRBORN — Norma Nikkola, a retired school nurse from the Fairborn School District, was recently inducted as a Fellow into the National Academy of School Nursing.
She returned from the National Association of School Nurses’ annual conference held in San Diego, Calif., where she was one of 1200 school nurses from around the country in attendance and joined 23 other Ohio nurses.
“The honor of fellow is the most prestigious recognition that members can receive from the National Association of School Nurses,” Nikkola said. “It is a symbol of superior achievement in the school nursing profession and exceptional contributions to NASN and the profession of school nursing. The depth and breadth of the fellow’s imprint on the field is extraordinary; their contributions have had significant and enduring impact, and their exemplary leadership qualities and achievements are recognized by many.”
She joins 92 other school nurses from 36 states who have been name fellows since the program began in 1997. Five other Ohio school nurses have also received this honor over the years.
Nikkola humbly accepted this honor and shared the recognition with her past Fairborn school nurses, the district administrators and the many members of the Ohio Association of School Nurses and National Association of School Nurses she has worked with over the years.
“This is the highest honor that a School Nurse can receive and Norma is well deserving of this prestigious award,” Fairborn City Schools wrote in an email.
She remains committed to the school nursing profession and the Fairborn community of Fairborn as she sits on many committees including OASN (Ohio School Nurse Association), NASN (National School Nurse Association), Mayor’s Beautification Committee and other various Fairborn City Committees.
Nikkola is a firm believer in the acronym “TEAM,” meaning Together Each Achieves More. According to Nikkola, through teamwork, school nurses across the state and country are doing their best to ensure their student’s health and safety for they know that healthy students learn better.
Herald News Report compiled by Whitney Vickers. Information courtesy of Norma Nikkola and Fairborn City Schools.