OSPI Employee Receives Nursing Achievement Award
OLYMPIA — June 22, 2012 — Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Health Services Supervisor Gayle Thronson has been selected as the National Association of State School Nurse Consultants (NASSNC) Outstanding State School Nurse Consultant of the Year. The award will be presented later this month at the annual NASSNC meeting in San Francisco.
“Gayle is an incredible leader, advocate and champion for school health in Washington state and the nation,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. “Her efforts have been instrumental in supporting students with life-threatening conditions, as well as those who are homeless and at-risk. As her numerous awards and accomplishments attest, school health services in Washington would not be the same without her.”
Thronson has held the position of OSPI Health Services Supervisor for nine years. She developed and supervises the School Nurse Corps—a program that provides school nursing services to small and rural school districts that would otherwise not have nursing services.
In her role as Health Services Program Supervisor, Thronson represents OSPI and school districts to state boards of health, nursing and education, state health agencies, and national education and health associations, regarding school health issues. She provides consultation, policy direction, and recommendations to the state superintendent and OSPI leadership, along with technical assistance to school nurses, parents, and school staff in all 295 public school districts and more than 500 private schools.
Thronson also has spearheaded efforts to collect school health data at the state and national level, designing and implementing the annual health services report by school districts.
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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
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