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Betsy Salcedo named Nurse of the Year

(L-R) District Lead Nurse Dawn MacAdams, Betsy Salcedo and Polo Road Principal Dr. Cassandra S. Bosier. 

Polo Road Elementary School nurse Betsy Salcedo, BSN, RN, has been named 2017-2018 Richland Two Nurse of the Year. Salcedo has served as the school nurse at Polo Road for almost two years. 

"I consider this individual award a reflection of a focused team effort here at Polo. I am humbled by the leadership​ of our school district recognizing  our work and accomplishments, and also in knowing the quality and commitment of my fellow school nurses in their schools and communities," Salcedo said. 

Salcedo has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years, including 14 as a school nurse. During her family's active military duty she served as a school nurse in Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Texas, Virginia and finally, South Carolina. Salcedo said her love of children and school nursing; the district's reputation for quality; the enthusiasm, professionalism and leadership shown by Lead Nurse Dawn MacAdams brought her to Richland Two. 

Her nomination form includes the story of how she noticed subtle signs that a student was developing Type I diabetes. Salcedo worked with the child's parent to get her seen by a physician. Once the diagnosis confirmed her hunch, Salcedo made sure the family had the support it needed to manage the disorder effectively. School nurses take their responsibility seriously because they know that healthy children are better learners. 

The following excerpt from her nomination form sums up why Salcedo was selected: "Mrs. Salcedo works with her students and educates them about their condition, whether she is working with a student with asthma, a student with a headache, or a student with anxiety. With a calming voice and demeanor, she is able to manage the emotional, psychosocial aspect of nursing, whether she is working with an individual student, faculty/staff member, or a group of individuals. Each person receives her undivided attention."