A local school nurse was recently recognized by the Georgia Association of School Nurses for her service to Forsyth County with the title of School Nurse of the Year.
At the annual conference of the Georgia Association of School Nurses, held in Athens on June 19, Louisa Holcomb, nurse of Chattahoochee Elementary, was named School Nurse of the Year
Connie Trent, Forsyth County Schools Health Services Facilitator, said that Holcomb was nominated by her peers and was chosen by the association for the things she represents within the district.
“We are looking for somebody that serves the school community with health care, education, collaboration and safety,” Trent said. “She does all of those things within her school and our Forsyth County schools … We are very proud and thrilled, she is just so deserving of this award.”
Holcomb said after the event that she never expected to win the award due to the quality of nurses nominated within the state.
“I thought I wasn’t going to because there are a lot of very qualified nominees who were deserving of the honor,” she said.
According to Holcomb, she has been a practicing nurse since 1986 and previously worked as an emergency room nurse and a variety of different hospital roles before moving to Forsyth County in 2000.
Holcomb’s family intentionally moved to Forsyth County for the school system, and she said that she quickly began working for the school system in minor roles as a long-term sub and subbing in the clinics before becoming the full-time nurse at Chattahoochee Elementary in 2002. Holcomb said that during her time subbing at Forsyth County Schools, she realized the need for good people with medical backgrounds at the schools.
When asked what sets her apart from other nurses in the state, Holcomb said that it’s all about her relationship with nurses in the county.
“Our practice is autonomous, because we are each in an individual building, but we still have that camaraderie where we can pick up the phone and call someone to get their opinion on what to do with a particular situation,” Holcomb said. “We have established a camaraderie between the school nurses, staff members and students that we serve.”
Trent, herself the chair for the Georgia Association of School Nurses school nurse of the year committee, said that for a nurse to qualify for the award they must be a member of the association and must have been one for at least two years.
“We are very proud and thrilled that Louisa was chosen,” Trent said. “She is just so deserving of this award.”