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Nurse of the Year!

Kelly Grenham is named the Colorado Association of School Nurses Nurse of the Year!

Congratulations to Mapleton’s own Kelly Grenham on receiving the Colorado Association of School Nurses Nurse of the Year award!


This award recognizes the importance and work of school nurses by honoring a school nurse who has demonstrated excellence in school nursing practice and leadership in school health. Nominees for this award are evaluated on their contributions in three categories, including providing excellent school health care to students, developing professional relationships within schools, and advocating for student health through legislation efforts. 


In Colorado, there are more than 500 school nurses, and we are thrilled to share that this is the second time Kelly has been recognized as the CASN Nurse of the Year. Her first nomination was in 2011.


“I am a little overwhelmed by it all, to be honest,” Kelly said. “At the ceremony, there were six superstar nurses nominated, and to be standing next to them was pretty amazing.”


Working in a smaller district, Kelly said she appreciates the meaningful relationships she is able to build with families by working with them year after year. “I came home when I came into school health,” Kelly said. “What other jobs are there where you get to support people in such a meaningful way? Our job is about helping students do and feel their best every day, so they can be their very best in and outside of school.”


Kelly was nominated by Kathleen Keelan, Mapleton’s Director of Integrated Services. In her nomination essay, Kathleen wrote, “Kelly is a lead nurse here and embodies what an exceptional school nurse does in every way…I truly think she should be the CASN School Nurse of the Year. Kelly reminds me every day of what Florence Nightingale meant when she said, ‘Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses…we must be learning all of our lives.’”


Kelly joined the Children’s Hospital School Health Program in 2002 and became the consultant for Mapleton in 2004. Kelly has been a transformational school nurse in the district, launching initiatives that have increased the number of district nurses from one to five, started Mapleton’s Medicaid program, and expanded mental health services district-wide.


Congratulations, Kelly! We are so fortunate to have you helping keep Mapleton’s students healthy, strong, and ready to learn!