YORKTOWN, NY – Since 1972 school nurses have been celebrated as part of National Nurse Week. According to the National School Nurse Association, there are more than 95,000 school nurses in the United States. Wednesday, Matt Slater representing New York State Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, joined local school nurses and the New York State Association of School Nurses to commemorate this year’s celebration.
“Our school nurses are a critical component to maintaining a high level of physical and mental health for our students,” Slater said. “Today is a day for us to celebrate their efforts and thank them for the kindness and care they show our kids on a daily basis.”
Cindy Scinto, a school nurse at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES which is located in Yorktown, received the 2019 Excellence in School Nursing Award. Scinto, who has been on the Yorktown BOCES campus since 2006, cares for children between the ages of 5 and 21 who have a variety of serious health issues.
State Assemblyman Kevin Byrne said, “Cindy goes above and beyond through her normal duties because of her compassion and sincere care for her students. This award is well deserved and highlights the overall importance of having a school nurse available to our students. Our school nurses leave a lasting impression on all of us and we thank them for all of their efforts in creating a healthy learning environment.”
Both Slater and Byrne have a long history of advancing policies to improve work conditions and supporting the nursing profession. As Chief of Staff to State Senator Terrence Murphy, Slater tackled the heroin epidemic by working with health and school officials to allow school nurses to administer the opioid overdose antidote narcan on school grounds. He also helped create a Nurses of Distinction event, which recognized nearly 30 local nurses, including Mary Beth Guyett, a school nurse for the Lakeland School District.
Slater and Byrne have also fought for a strong public health system and access to quality care by strengthening staff ratios in local hospitals.
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