CONGRATULATIONS to Kim Boyd for the School Nurse of Excellence Award (SNEA)
The 2021 recipient of the School Nurse of Excellence Award in Alaska is Kimberlee Boyd, BSN RN NCSN, the school nurse for Wendler Middle School in Anchorage. She had seventeen years of a pediatric inpatient, outpatient and research infused nursing background that was brought to Wendler in 2011. Kim's history as a pediatric vaccine research nurse and as a research nurse for the CDC Arctic Investigations Program led to authoring or coauthoring many publications focused on vaccine preventable diseases.
Kimberlee champions for Wendler in varied ways: collaborating with principals and counselors to locate a clinical crisis healthcare provider on campus for acute and ongoing mental healthcare services; taking part in an upcoming pilot project with Providence Hospital to provide free preventive and acute care; arranging PA students from UAA to perform free sports physicals; coordinating Bike to School Day; promoting students to “rethink their drink” raising funds for a touchless water bottle filler and reusable water bottles; creating the Wendler school garden influencing learning activities in applied tech, life skills, math and science; educating parents and staff on ASD’s Wellness policy as a School Wellness Champion by conducting an audit then creating a staff reference notebook; taking Spanish classes to conduct screenings and visits in Spanish as needed; using evidence-based practices of mindfulness and growth mindset to help students with anxiety, depression and stress; and becoming an ALICE certified instructor.
Past collaborations include Kids in the Kitchen program with Alaska Kidney Foundation and the Food Bank of Alaska Kids Need Nutrition program. She is an active member of a middle school nurse cohort, serves as an early career mentor to new school nurses and precepts UAA and Charter School nurses.
Care coordination from the individual to the community remains Kimberlee’s trademark as she works to bridge the gap in health disparities and access to care in her setting.