Colorado Association of School Nurses

Supporting Student Success:  School Nurses Make a Difference

School Nurse of the Year

It is a pleasure to honor Joni Heiden as the CASN School Nurse of the Year 2016-2017.


Joni Heiden, BSN, MS has served students in Windsor Public Schools for 23 years and in Washington State an additional 7 years.


As a member of the Rural School Nurse Group in the Greeley, Colorado area, Joni has served as the unofficial chairman. Though the title is unofficial she is counted on to organize quarterly networking meetings and arrange for education topics as they come up. She is a “go to” person for answers, counsel about a health plan, policies surrounding school nursing, medication administration, and working with parents. Joni is always willing to problem solve, share resources, and give of her time to help answer her colleagues questions.

Joni has been instrumental in planning the last three conferences we have organized for health room assistants in the rural nurse area of Northern Colorado. She has a heart for teaching others and making sure that those she supervises and her colleagues have access to accurate and evidence based information.


Joni attends and encourages others to attend educational opportunities and join CASN/NASN. Keeping current on changes being made at the state level and interpreting the impacts on rural schools can be a challenge.  Her insight is valuable when into putting policy into practice. She provides direct services and supervision to health room assistants and special education team members. She has taught a hands-on lab with animal “eyeballs” at the middle school for 23 years. She is in first grade classrooms three times a year teaching prevention around hand washing, dental care, and being sun smart. Her willingness to do something different or new always amazes!

To publicly recognize the importance and work of school nurses by annually honoring one School Nurse of the Year from Colorado who has demonstrated excellence in school nursing practice and leadership in school health.



Colorado Association of School Nurses



• Nominee must be:

• A registered professional nurse.

• A member of CASN for the current and preceding two years. The preceding two years must be continuous (without lapse in membership).


Suggested Guidelines for Colorado School Nurse of the Year

1. Nominee should have five years’ experience as a school nurse and is currently practicing as a school nurse.

2. More than 50% of nominee’s time should be spent in direct care.

3. Evidence of excellence in school nursing practice is judged by the nominee’s abilities in the areas of   Leadership, Teamwork, Vision, Community Partnership and Innovation.  Guidelines are also available on NASN: School Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice 2nd Edition, 2011.


How to Submit an Application

All applications must be submitted on-line.  No other mode of application will be accepted.  Nominations may be submitted by another nurse, a principal, a director or a parent.

Application Deadline: May 26,2017.

Click here for nomination form.

Questions?? Contact Karen O’Keeffe,CASN Past President:         Karen_O’


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School Nurse of the Year
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School Nurse of the Year