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TSNO-Region 17
Celebrating School Nursing Excellence

Region 17 - School Nurse of the Year (2018)

       Charmaine Adamson, RN

Charmaine Adamson has been a registered nurse for 41 years. Her nursing career began as a labor and delivery nurse for 17 years. She then transitioned to a school nurse where she has worked for the Lubbock Independent School District for the past 24 years. As a school nurse she worked at Martin Head Start for 17 years and is currently the school nurse at McWhorter Elementary.
She has been a member of TSNO since she was first hired by Jane Tustin, who advised her if she was going to learn about best practice and professionalism, she must join TSNO. As a member of TSNO, she has attended the TSNO state conference almost every year, attends the regional meetings, and has been an elected officer by serving as a TSNO treasurer twice. One of her most memorable TSNO events was attending the national conference in Rhode Island and meeting school nurses from all over the United States.

One of her greatest achievements as a school nurse was coordinating with and assisting the other Head Start school nurses and ARA to develop a new curriculum offering healthier meals to the students. This curriculum included working with a puppet named Beary to teach students about nutrition, exercise, hand washing, rest, and dental care. She still uses Beary in the elementary school setting to aide her in her teaching. This curriculum continues to be used for the students by the LISD Head Start nurse.

Charmaine’s primary goals as a school nurse are to educate students and staff regarding making healthy lifestyle and wellness decisions as well as teaching and providing for a safer environment at school. Another goal she has is to promote school nursing as a professional and amazing career. She loves to teach and share her love of school nursing with others.

Charmaine is very involved in her church and volunteers for the Family Promise shelter for the homeless. Her family and grandchildren are the joys of her life.

Congratulations Charmaine and thank you for being an example of a school nurse who provides our community with your skilled nursing care, knowledge, leadership and support for others!