May 10, 2017
Hemmenway Elementary School nurse Diana Blanks administers medication to fourth-grade student AJ Taylor in the school clinic. Blanks was one of 150 nurses recognized in the Houston Chronicle’s annual Salute to Nurses.
May 10, 2017—Two CFISD school nurses were recognized in the Houston Chronicle’s annual Salute to Nurses feature, acknowledging the top 150 nurses in the Greater Houston area. The special edition of the Chronicle was published on May 7, during National Nurses Week (May 6-12).
Hemmenway Elementary School nurse Diana Blanks and Frazier Elementary School nurse Kandy Thompson were included among the top 150 to represent nurses everywhere during National Nurses Week. Blanks and Thompson were chosen from more than 1,400 nominations in 2017.
Blanks is in her fourth year as the Hemmenway school nurse. She worked as a hospice nurse prior to CFISD.
“I am very honored because Cypress-Fairbanks ISD has a lot of good nurses,” Blanks said. “Everyone is very knowledgeable and very qualified. To be chosen out of this group tells me that the community appreciates and respects what I do. It makes me feel good to stand out.”
Thompson is in her third year as the Frazier school nurse, prior to which she worked as an ICU and telemetry nurse in hospitals.
Frazier Elementary School nurse Kandy Thompson checks the heartbeat of first-grade student Madison Castaño in the school clinic. Thompson was recognized in the Salute to Nurses feature in the Houston Chronicle on May 7.
“It was nice to be recognized because there are a lot of nurses in town,” Thompson said. “I like school nursing because everybody’s nice and the kids love you. It’s a pleasant job. We deal with real issues, but I enjoy it.”