October 7, 2019
Oct. 7, 2019—Labay Middle School nurse Chelsea James was honored with a Good Samaritan Foundation’s 2019 Excellence in Nursing Bronze Award, which recognized her among other honorees who excel in their respective fields. Of the 357 award winners, James was among just two nurses to work in a school district.
Award winners were nominated by their peers for passion in their chosen field, leadership, mentorship and service to their communities. A selection committee comprised of numerous clinical leaders in the Texas Medical Center decided the honorees, with gold, silver and bronze award winners.
James was nominated by mentor and long-time friend Karen Edwards, an educational specialist perioperative at Houston Methodist Hospital. She was honored at a ceremony Sept. 5 at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria Hotel.
“Chelsea’s mission is to educate, build relationships and be a servant leader,” said Christiane Bernal, CFISD director of health services. “Her mentor knows the joys and struggles of school nursing and understands it’s a labor of love not every nurse is called to do. With her nomination, she wanted to honor Chelsea’s commitment and continue supporting her journey.”
James is in her second year at Labay following three years at Hancock Elementary School. She joined CFISD following stops at the Baylor Teen Health Clinic and Aldine ISD.
“School nursing is something that you really have to go in doing because you desire to work with the kids,” James said. “I like the opportunity to talk to them and educate and mentor them, and school nursing is probably the one place you get to do that the most.”