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SYSK: Iowa School Nurse of the Year


From checking blood pressure to getting students' medications, Gloria Dielschneider stays busy as a school nurse.

She's a nurse for BCLUW and Grundy Center schools, responsible for 1300 students at five different buildings.

"My goal is to have them healthy, to be at school so they can learn," said Gloria Dielschneider.

Dielschneider said she knew she wanted to be a nurse since she was four years old. She started with public health around 1986.

"There were no school nurses in the county at the time, and I took an interest in that and advocated for school nursing," said Dielschneider.

After working in the schools part-time, she became a full-time school nurse in 2008.

Gloria Dielschneider was notified she's this year's Iowa School Nurse of the Year through the Iowa Nurse Organization.

"Just the fact students and faculty wrote letters of recommendation meant the world to me," she said.

Dielschneider said school nurses do more than apply band-aids to cuts and scrapes. She manages healthcare plans, medications, various conditions and on-going illnesses.

The Iowa School Nurse of the Year said she couldn't work with some many students at different schools without a great support system. She even has others trained to carry out her health plans at each of the schools.

So many students at multiple schools keeps her busy, but at the end of the day there's no other job Dielschneider could see for herself.

"I absolutely love being a school nurse. I'm really passionate about it. I care very deeply for all the kids," said Gloria Dielschneider.

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