Natchitoches Parish School Board Certified Nurse Rene’ Lewis, RN, BSN, was presented with the Louisiana School Nurse Organization School Nurse of the Year award on March 24. This award is voted on every year by school nurses across the state of Louisiana.
Rene’ has been a Registered Nurse for 38 years. She will retire at the end of this school year after serving the students of Natchitoches Parish schools for 22 years. She has been a member of LSNO for 22 years, holding numerous board positions, including president, and numerous committee positions. In addition, Rene’ also serves on the Louisiana Department of Education School Nurse/Health Advisory Board and served on the committee to develop and implement the “Louisiana Believes” resource handbook for school nurses and administrators. She has been married to Kevin Lewis Sr., a school resource officer with the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, for 34 years and has two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one grandson.
The National Association of School Nurses defines school nursing as a specialized practice of nursing that protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential. The Natchitoches Parish School Board employs 12 full-time Registered Nurses and one full- time Licensed Practical Nurse.
Presenting Rene’ with her plaque and a check for $100, is Laura Mayeaux, RN, LSNO Nominations and Awards Chairperson and fellow NPSB nurse.