School Nurse Administrator of the Year

Congratulations 2023 School Nurse Administrator of the Year: From Region 10, Laura Vayda, BSN, RN, MHA, NCSN!

Where would we be without our school nurse administrators? They labor tirelessly to improve the working conditions for school nurses. They keep a pulse on both the administration side of a school district as well as the daily clinic routines. Working late hours, often going unnoticed, they don’t require anything they are not willing to do themselves. As a leader in the department, school district, and community, they are able to inspire others to give more. 

Sound like a school nurse administrator you know? Nominate them for School Nurse Administrator of the Year! Detailed information about nomination submission, selection criteria and process, and the terms and benefits of tenure can be FOUND HERE.


2024 School Nurse Administrator of the Year Nomination (Online Form)
* You'll notice the application has been considerably streamlined this year.

Nominees must meet all the following criteria to be eligible for the School Nurse Administrator of the Year award.

Eligibility Requirements for Nominees

    • Only one nominee from each region may be submitted.
    • Nominee must be a Registered Nurse (RN) and hold a bachelor's degree or higher in nursing or health-related field of study.
    • Nominee must be a member of NASN/TSNO at the time the award is determined.
    • Nominee must have five years of experience in school health and currently practicing full-time as a school nurse, with at least 50% of the nominee's time spent in the supervision, administration, and coordination of nursing service and health programs.
    • Nominee may not be on the TSNO Board of Directors or an officer for NASN at the time of nomination.
    • DEADLINE for Nominations is August 15, 2024, at midnight
    The following files must be submitted with the online form. TSNO recommends gathering all necessary files prior to starting the form.
    Nomination Portfolio Requirements
    • One-page narrative written by the nominator and signed by the nominee describing the nominee's significant contributions to advancing excellence in school nursing practice and leadership in school health. Judging is based on evidence of excellence in school nursing practice in alignment with ANA’s Nursing Leadership: Scope and Standards of Practice, 3rd edition (2024) as a guide. 
    • Nominee’s signed curriculum vitae (CV) limited to personal education, employment, research activities, service related to school nursing, and publications. CV not to exceed two pages. 
    • A minimum of two (with a maximum of four) letters of support describing the nominee’s specific qualifications for this award. At least one of the letters must be from a district professional. All other letters must be from a fellow school nurse, administrator, supervisor, educator, parent, or community leader. (single page using 12-point-font and one-inch margins in Microsoft Word)
    • Recent digital head and shoulder photograph of nominee (at least 300 dpi/inch, JPG format). If nominee selected, photograph will be used in the TSNO Newsletter, on the website, and for social media posts and submitted to NASN for Affiliate SNAY Award.
    The award winner will receive recognition at the annual TSNO conference on November 3, 2024, (Embassy Suites Hotel - Frisco) and a scholarship for the registration fee for this year's TSNO conference. TSNO will also pay for up to two nights hotel fee at double-occupancy conference rate for the hotel listed in the conference brochure. 
    Travel and meals are the responsibility of the award recipient.

    Previous Winners:

    2023 Laura Vayda 10
    2022 Paulett Rozneck 17
    2021 Amy Taldo 11
    2020 Barbara Robertson 6
    2018 Susan Luethold 4
    2017 Alana Bejarano 19
    2016 Sally Freeman 13
    2015 Gloria Canham 10
    2014 Gwen Johnson 4
    2013 Melanie Vincelette 11
    2012 Carlene Johnson 12