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Posted October 25, 2012

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Zia School Nurse Honored

Margaret Grady receives the New Mexico Nursing Excellence Award.

Margaret Grady, left, won the NM Nursing Excellence Award

Margaret Grady, who has been the school nurse at Albuquerque Public Schools’ Zia Elementary for the past five years, received the New Mexico Nursing Excellence Award in the category of public health/community/school from the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium during their annual banquet on Oct. 20 at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort.

Grady, who also serves as the nurse at Bel-Air Elementary, was selected from among five nominees statewide and was one of three APS school nurses nominated for the honor in this category. Also nominated were Annetta Good from Polk Mid-School and Christine McFall from John Baker Elementary.

“This honoree always puts the kids first, working tirelessly to provide the highest quality of care for our children,” Zia teacher Donna Saavedra wrote in nominating Grady.

The nominator cited as an example of Grady’s work her efforts on behalf a diabetic third grader who was falling behind in his classes. “She served as a bridge for both the parents and teachers to understand the student’s needs from both a health and an academic perspective. As a result, after a year of special education, the student was recognized for achieving the most academic progress in his class, his behavior improved, and his parents are fully engaged in their son’s education and health progress,” Saavedra wrote.

APS Superintendent Winston Brooks congratulated Grady on the recognition. “All school staff—teachers, nurses, social workers, principals, clerks and secretaries—work together to help students succeed. I am very pleased Ms. Grady was recognized for her efforts,” Brooks said.

Grady, who holds a master’s degree from Boston University, taught public health nursing at UNM for 18 years before retiring and joining APS eight years ago. Grady said that her mom had been an operating room nurse and later a school nurse. “So when I got serious about deciding on a career, I decided to become a nurse,” said Grady, who noted that she is a graduate of Valley High School.

Also nominated for nursing excellence awards this year were Laura Case, director of nursing services for APS, and Michelle Treme, who was the school nurse at Bel-Air Elementary and is now at Double Eagle Elementary. Case was nominated in the category of “Management/Emerging Leader” and Treme in the category of “Touch-a-Life.”


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