Friendly Hills nurse named Nurse of the Year
Friendly Hills nurse named 2017 Nurse of the Year
Posted on 10/18/2017

Picture of Carmen Teskey outside of Friendly Hills Middle SchoolOn October 6, Carmen Teskey, the licensed nurse at Friendly Hills Middle School, was selected as the recipient of the 2017 Minnesota March of Dimes Nurse of the Year award in the category of Community Health Nursing.

Each year, the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards Program honors nursing excellence and pays tribute to the tireless efforts of nurses throughout Minnesota. More than 400 nurses across the state were nominated for this award in 2017. The nominations were then narrowed down to five finalists in 15 categories. Only one finalist from each category received a Nurse of the Year award.

“I’m very honored to be recognized for my work as a school nurse in the category of community health,” said Teskey. “Many people do not totally understand the role that a school nurse plays as both a health professional and an educator within a school. So, it is gratifying to represent the hundreds of school nurses in Minnesota that help keep our students safe, healthy and ready to learn every day.” 

In addition, Teskey said that one of her favorite parts about her job is getting to know the students at Friendly Hills while helping them manage their health conditions so they are able to do their best in school. 

Teskey received her award in a ceremony held at the Radisson Blu at the Mall of America. She is the first school nurse in District 197 to receive this award.

About the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.  For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.

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