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Parkway's Katherine Park received 'Outstanding Service as a School Nurse Award’

Katherine Park 10/30/2017 -- School Nurse Katherine Park (pictured right), Oak Brook Elementary, received the "Outstanding Service as a School Nurse Award" from the Suburban St. Louis School Nurse Association October 26 at their annual banquet.


Park has been a leader in the development of safe practices for schools in taking care of students with diabetes. In obtaining her master’s in public health/school health from the University of Missouri, she focused her studies on developing a toolkit to train unlicensed personnel on the care of students with type 1 diabetes. As a result of this toolkit, countless school nurses and unlicensed school staff have been educated in Parkway Schools, the St. Louis Suburban area and throughout Missouri. 


She continues to lead Parkway's diabetes training program and has helped develop statewide diabetes training standards for school personnel. Most recently, Park continued her passion for educating school staff about diabetes with her involvement in creating dialogue for edutainment training, Diabetes Educational Module for MO School Nurses, 2017


Park has presented her toolkit many times throughout the state, including:

Missouri Coordinated School Health Conference 2011 and 2013

Hazelwood School District nurses, 2013

Ladue School District nurses, 2013

Parkway School District Board of Education, 2009 and 2013

Missouri Association of School Nurses, 2011 and 2014

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2011

American Diabetes Association Expert Panel, 2015

Normandy School District nurses, 2016

Central Christian School staff, 2015

Troy School District nurses, 2017

School Tools for Nurses Summer Conference, 2017


Park has also received the following awards:

St. Louis Magazine 2014 Excellence in Nursing Award

St. Louis Magazine 2014 Perfect Score Award

Healthy Schools Campaign, Outstanding School Nurse Leadership Award, 2014

Pillar of Parkway, Parkway School District, 2016