Los Alamos High School Nurse Kate Kettering, RN, receives the Merit Award for Excellence in Nursing. Courtesy/LAPS
National Association of School Nurses President Elezabeth Mattey, left, presents Los Alamos High School Nurse Kate Kettering, RN, with the Merit Award for Excellence in Nursing. Courtesy/LAPS
The New Mexico School Nurse Association presented Los Alamos High School Nurse Kate Kettering, RN, with the Merit Award for Excellence in Nursing July 15 at the annual conference.
Kettering is a PED-licensed professional school nurse and member of the National Association of School Nurses. Her belief in “better health, better learning” motivates her to teach each freshman class how to manage severe allergies and asthma while at school. And because of the diligence of the entire school nurse team, LAPS stands out as one of the districts fully compliant with the state of New Mexico immunization requirements.
“Kate is an outstanding nurse whose service to our students, staff and the entire LAHS community is exceptional,” LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said.
As a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer, Kettering trains all LAPS school nurses in caring for students in crisis. She has been invited to train the Rio Arriba County and Santa Fe Public School nurses as well.
She enjoys working with students and continues to be a valuable member of the district’s International Science Fair review board, evaluating the potential risks of student research involving humans.
Kettering credits the strong support of her administrators, her school nurse team leader, Michele Wright, RN, and all of the other LAPS school nurses for her success.
“Our district school nurses work every day to promote better health for all students,” Kettering said.