8 Great School Nurses for Children with Type 1 Diabetes

Parents name the nurses who made a difference for their children.



Too often, we read about what goes wrong during the school day for children with Type 1 diabetes, but not enough of what goes right. We recently asked readers to share stories of standout school nurses who provided exemplary care for their children with Type 1. Here is a sampling of the comments we received in reply:

We were so incredibly lucky to have Katie Yates as our nurse when our 11-year-old daughter was diagnosed. Even though we didn’t know her prior to this, she called us every day that we were in the hospital and helped us through every challenge we had. She is so kind and compassionate, and dropped everything every time we needed her. I’m so thankful for nurses like her and I don’t know what we would have done without her. Thank you, Katie!
-Kelly Speer

We have been blessed with our school nurses: Chrissy Porter, Brandi Vest, Heather Ksul, Mary Lou Mckelvey, and Nancy Smith. Thank you to all of the nurses who are making a difference for these wonderful kids. We are grateful!
-Jay Kraft

Jill Huennekens Morningstar takes care of quite a few children with Type 1 in our school. Even after-hours, if she happens to get the alert she will text and call parents! She has even helped take care of me once or twice! I am so grateful to have such an amazing school nurse, and I know my kids are in good hands
-ToniMarie Kando-Elder

I can’t even imagine what we would have done without Nurse Shelly Wilson at Ridgeview Elementary in Gray, Tennessee! She has texted me at nine-thirty at night because she was worried my son might forget to tell me he was out of test strips. She went to most of his field trips and loved him like he was her own. We love her! It makes me sad to hear of those who didn’t or don’t have a school nurse. We were very fortunate.
-Celeste Peck

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Craig Idlebrook is chief editor for Insulin Nation and Información Sobre Diabetes, and was founding editor for Type 2 Nation. You can reach him at cidlebrook@selfrx.com.