Michelle DeHaven named Orange County “School Nurse of the Year”

Pictured from left to right: PYLUSD school nurses Teri Fischbeck, Carol Edkins, Patti Nitzel, Debi Sintov, Michelle DeHaven, Lori Kaddoura, Elise Saylors, Jennifer Lopez and Director of Executive Services Richard McAlindin.

On Thursday, Jan. 7, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) Head Nurse and Health Services Supervisor Michelle DeHaven was selected by the Orange County School Nurses’ Organization (OCSNO) as the School Nurse of the Year for Orange County.

Michelle will be honored by OCSNO at a banquet on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the University Club at the University of California, Irvine.

The School Nurse of the Year title is awarded to an Orange County school nurse who is first nominated by her peers, and ultimately chosen by the Board of OCSNO. Several county nurses recommended Michelle for the award.

“The award is given to a school nurse who has continually demonstrated excellence in her practice, continued professional growth and is considered to be an active and valued member of the district,” said Kathy Tedone, awards chairperson for OCSNO. “Michelle has certainly met all these criteria.”

“We at the district couldn’t be more proud of Michelle,” added PYLUSD Superintendent Dr. Doug Domene. “Her hard work, ability to communicate with both students and parents, and leadership skills make this a well-deserved honor.”

Michelle, a resident of Placentia, is married with three children. She has worked for PYLUSD since 2002, acting as head nurse since 2004. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from California State University, Long Beach, and is a both a Registered Nurse (RN) and a Public Health Nurse (PHN). Additionally, Michelle has a School Nurse Services Credential, and will receive her Tier 1 Administrative Services Credential next month.

“Ever since nursing school, I felt the pull to work with children. Working as a school nurse has been incredibly rewarding,” said Michelle. “I work with an amazing health services team at PYLUSD, and our focus is always on keeping kids safe, healthy and ready to learn.”

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