Kerri R. Schmidt, School District of Rhinelander School Nurse Receives the Katheryn Etter School Nurse of the Year Award
Kerri R. Schmidt, School District of Rhinelander School Nurse, was presented with Wisconsin’s ‘Katheryn Etter School Nurse of the Year Award’ at a luncheon held in Madison today. The award is annually presented to a Wisconsin school nurse who has demonstrated excellence in his/her school nursing practice. Members of Ms. Schmidt’s family, as well as members of the School District of Rhinelander Athletic Training Service Team and Superintendent of Schools Kelli Jacobi were in attendance for the presentation of this prestigious award.
Ms. Schmidt has worked as the District’s School Nurse for the past 11 years, providing nursing service leadership for the school system in the areas of student health care and safety preparedness plans, as well as health and safety training and support for parents and staff members. She works diligently to develop strong relationships between the District and local physicians, health care agencies, community resources, families, and District employees, resulting in positive changes that impact the welfare of students, staff, and the community. Ms. Schmidt was instrumental in raising the awareness of the need for assessing and managing the health and safety of student athletes, and helped to coordinate and establish the ‘ImPact Computerized Neurocognitive Assessment Program’, a program developed to assess and manage students who receive concussions and for the prevention of brain injuries. She also collaborated with colleagues to launch an ‘Athletic Training Services Team’, which works with students, parents, coaches, and health care providers to assess, educate, and enhance the welfare of the District’s athletes. And, through her concerns for the dental health of District students, established a ‘Dental Sealant Program’ with local providers for the purpose of dental screening and sealant application, provided at no cost to the families.
Ms. Schmidt is a Wisconsin licensed registered nurse, a nationally certified school nurse, a certified instructor for the American Heart Association First Aid/CPR/AED, and is involved in both state and national nursing associations.
With her four children having attended and graduated from the School District of Rhinelander, she has been very involved in District programs outside of her nursing services responsibilities. She is the former president of the Hodag Little League program and is involved with the Rhinelander Athletic Booster Club. Her hobbies include boating, golfing, snowshoeing, and long walks with the family’s two golden retrievers.
The School District of Rhinelander congratulates Ms. Schmidt on receiving this award.