School Nurse of the Year

Current Recipient

The Florida Association of School Nurses (FASN) is pleased to announce the 2017 FASN School Nurse of the year!

Margaret Polk is the school nurse at Pasco High School and James Irvin Education Center who has worked for Pasco County Schools since 1991. She is a mentor for new school nurses, coordinates for ARNP services in the county’s’ full service school, the 504 coordinator, works with the Mental Health Initiative, has written several protocols, involved in numerous committees, and has presented or mentored others in numerous trainings and presentations. Margaret also works coordinating student services teams and community partners advocating for the migrant families in the Dade City community. In addition to her work, she has volunteered her expertise on district, state, and national committees.

Some words used to describe Margaret are: super hero, devoted, focused, highly qualified, passionate, positive, responsible, a leader, organized, trustworthy, professional, and essential part of her school health program just to list a few!

Margaret’s name will be submitted to NASN for recognition for Excellence in School Nursing at the annual Conference & will be honored as an award winner.

Margaret Polk

Margaret Polk

Nomination Form

Nomination Form

Past Recipients


Penny Kehoe - 2016


Kathy J. Browning - 2015


Frances Oppedisano - 2013


Corinne Nelson - 2011


Connie Blackwell - 2009


Shelley Bumm - 2008


Eileen McGatlin - 2007


Colleen Morgan - 2006


Penny Furphy -2005


Leslie Adams -2004


Marilyn Wissing -2000


Patty DiBiase - 1998