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Northwoods school nurse wins best in state awardSubmitted: 04/14/2014
Story By Dan McKinney


RHINELANDER - School nurses help ensure kids are safe and healthy at school. One Northwoods School nurse was honored this year as the best nurse in the state.

Kerri Schmidt has been the nurse for the school district of Rhinelander for 13 years. She is the only nurse for the school district of Rhinelander. Schmidt loves making a difference in kids lives every day.

"I love the fact that I know I'm making a difference and that no two days are the same," says Schmidt. "I love working with families, I love working with the students, and it is never boring there's always something exciting going on."

Schmidt was honored with Wisconsin's Katheryn Etter School Nurse of the Year award. She treats everything from concussions to the common cold.

"A student might have an eraser part stuck in their ear and you know is it something I can reach or do I need to refer it? If students aren't healthy they can't learn," says Schmidt. "When parents send their kids to school they expect that they'll get a good education but they also expect that their child will be safe at school."

Schmidt attended Marian College which is now known as Marian University in Fond du Lac.






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