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2020 Ohio School Nurse of the Year - Diane Miller BSN, MEd, RN

By Joan Hlinomaz, MS, BSN, RN, NCSN posted 03-04-2020 22:21

Diane Miller SNOY 2020Diane Miller, MEd, BSN, RN, LSN, is Ohio’s School Nurse of the Year for 2020. She has been a school nurse for Dayton Public Schools (DPS) in southwest Ohio for the past 28 years, currently covering an elementary school with 440 students in grades Pre K–6 and serving as a nurse leader and resource nurse for DPS. She is an active member of the Ohio Association of School Nurses (OASN) and represents the Southwest region on the OASN Board of Directors. She also has been president of her Southwest region.

Diane takes initiative and demonstrates leadership skills to motivate and inspire others to accomplish jobs that need to be done. When the number of students with diabetes increased significantly in her building, she checked the data and saw a 300% increase district-wide in students with diabetes during a 10 year period …in which the school nurse staff decreased 30% due to budget reductions. She surveyed the resources and forms currently used by nurses throughout her district and did extensive research on available evidence-based practices. She developed a three-tiered instructional tool with resources, checklists, forms, powerpoints, pre and post tests for use by school nurses to educate staff involved with diabetes. This effort provided consistency, improved quality of care and avoided potential errors due to lack of understanding by staff.

Diane participates in the Open Airways Program for asthma education. She worked with the Smoke Free Ohio Coalition when legislation to eliminate smoking in the workplace and other public venues was passed. She is a member of numerous teams and committees involved with school safety, crisis intervention, and staff development. She chairs the School Wellness Committee. Above all, she shows a love of teaching…not only elementary students, but nursing and medical students, colleagues, and anyone who can improve health outcomes.

Please join the OASN Officers and Board of Directors in celebrating Diane at the 2020 School Nurse of the Year “Rock Star” Party! during the OASN 47th Annual Conference, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, April 3 - 5th at the Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls.  This is a TICKETED event - tickets are complimentary with Friday or Full 3-Day conference registration. Light Hors d’oeuvres, root beer floats, a photo booth, DJ, karaoke, and a dance floor await you! Come taste out featured drink, “The Pink Cadillac!” at the Cash Bar.
You may still add this to your registration if you are not registered for the Friday conference day or want to add a ticket at this registration link.