Three Pasadena ISD nurses, April Weisedel (middle), Donna Jones (right) and Amee Stoneman, are among “150 Top Nurses” chosen to participate in the "Salute to Nurses" program this year by the Houston Chronicle.
At the heart of health and wellness are caring nurses. To recognize these individuals and the role they play in providing quality health care, the Houston Chronicle is joining with area organizations to celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6-12, through their 2016 “Salute to Nurses” program.
| Courtesy Photo: The three honorees enjoy their time at the Salute to Nurses luncheon.
Three Pasadena ISD nurses, April Weisedel, Donna Jones and Amee Stoneman, are among the “150 Top Nurses” chosen to participate in the program this year by the Houston Chronicle.
“School nurses make a difference every day as they work to improve the health, safety and academic success for all students,” said Darla Massey-Jones, Pasadena ISD executive director of administrative services. “These nurses are highly energetic and compassionate about the care they provide to staff and students. They also go the extra mile to help others. I’m delighted to see them honored and recognized for their outstanding achievements.”
The Houston Chronicle launched an online competition resulting in over 940 nominations from community members. The top nurses were selected by a panel of experts based on the submissions.
The honorees were recognized at an awards luncheon, May 5, at the Crowne Plaza Houston. The ceremony welcomed over 300 attendees including the nominees, hospital administrators and representatives from Houston’s top medical educational institutions.
As the district’s chief nursing officer for three years, Weisedel works with administrators to provide opportunities for professional growth among nursing staff so they can continue to maintain a healthy and safe environment for students.
“I am fortunate to work under Darla and Barbara Fuqua [associate superintendent of accountability and compliance] who have given me the ability, tools and freedom to create opportunities for our entire health care team to be successful,” Weisedel said.
“We have been able to purchase state-of-the-art equipment to help our nursing staff keep up with the ever-changing world of health care. All of these efforts are geared toward ensuring our children receive the best care from the best trained staff.”
Massey-Jones said she nominated Weisedel for the honor because of her high level of nursing expertise and her ability to build strong bonds with staff and the community.
“April has a heart of gold and a passion for helping others,” Massey-Jones said. “Armed with knowledge, compassion, and a strong ethical base, her focus is always on providing high quality care to patients, implementing effective training for all nurses and ensuring collaborative partnerships with parents, community members and the nursing community.”
After spending five years at Hermann Hospital as a high risk maternal-fetal nurse, Jones transitioned into school nursing, first at Genoa, then Bondy and finally Mae Smythe in 2012, where she continues to provide health care to students in the community. She is a graduate of San Jacinto College.
Stoneman graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She began her career at the Women’s Hospital of Texas in the labor, delivery and antepartum unit, and later worked for DaVita Dialysis in 2009. After becoming a substitute teacher briefly in 2010 at Melillo, she was asked to join the school team, where she continues to make a positive impact on students and staff.
She considers becoming a school nurse a rewarding step in her career.
“I am absolutely humbled by this recognition and thankful to be able to call Pasadena ISD my home.”
The ladies celebrate their recent achievement. Also pictured: Darla Massey-Jones, executive director of administrative services.