DeMille Middle School Nurse Jayne Petrich has earned the 2007 School Nurse of the Year Award for the Long Beach Unified School District.
Petrich said she was shocked at the surprise announcement.
“We’re such a great group of nurses, so when one of us wins this award, it’s like we’re winning it for all of us,” she said. “I work with a wonderful group of dedicated people at DeMille. They nominated me, and I’m grateful.”
Petrich is one of 70 nurses in the school district, all of whom hold bachelor’s degrees and credentials. They provide vision and hearing screening, scoliosis testing, first aid and consultation with parents, doctors and the Long Beach Health Department.
As a school nurse for more than 11 years in Long Beach, Petrich was nominated by school staff for her high level of professionalism and care when working with students and adults alike. She is active in the Long Beach School Nurses Association and participates frequently in school and community events.