Kathy Wittnebel, the licensed school nurse at Nicollet Middle School in Burnsville, is one of five finalists for the 2017 Minnesota March of Dimes Nurse of the Year in the Community Health Nursing category. More than 400 nurses across the state were nominated for the honor.
“Kathy takes pride in her role at Nicollet. She is focused and detailed about the care for each and every students with a health concern,” said Nicollet Principal Renee Brandner. “Sometimes she encounters medical concerns which require immediate assistance, but you will always see Kathy calm and clear about what needs to be done. In these situations, her medical expertise really comes through.”
Wittnebel is starting her 19th year as Nicollet’s school nurse. She and other finalists will be honored at an awards ceremony Oct. 6, where one of the finalists will be named the Distinguished Nurse of the Year.
The March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards Program honors nursing excellence and pays tribute to the tireless efforts of nurses throughout the community. Hundreds of applications in several categories were reviewed and scored by nursing leaders in order to select this year’s finalists.