Cheryl Peiffer, MBA, BS, RN, CSN
Nominating Committee Candidate
Current NASN Affiliate: Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Nurse Practitioners (PASNAP)
Major Clinical, Teaching, or Practice Area: Administration/Management, School Nurse, Secondary
Education: Eastern University, School Nurse Certification, 1991; Philadelphia University, MBA, 1987; Philadelphia University, Health Care Administration, 1983; Montgomery Hospital School of Nursing, RN, 1973
Awards, Achievements, and Honors: School Nurse Excellence - Methacton School District, 2021; American Red Cross Make a Difference Award, 2017; Methacton High School Spirit Award, 2012
Employment: High School Certified School Nurse and Nursing Department Coordinator, Methacton School District, 1991 - 2022: Coordinate health and wellness for 1,500 students and 200 staff of the High School; compliance of mandated health services for all students as per the Division of School Health/PA DOH; development, coordination and implementation of school health services; collaboration with nursing staff for compliance of state regulations; and coordinate services with school physician and dentist and county health department.
Other Significant Positions Held: NA
Present NASN Offices/Appointments: Pennsylvania Director, 2017 - Present; School Nurses Practice Strategic Committee, 2019 - Present
Past NASN Offices/Appointments: Ethics Advisory Committee, 2019 - 2020; Investment Advisory Committee, 2018 - 2020; Mentor, 2019 & 2021; Conference Abstract Review Committee, 2018 & 2021
Present NASN Affiliate Offices/Appointments: NASN Director for PASNAP, 2017 - Present; PASNAP Education Committee, 2013 - 2022; PASNAP Legislative Committee, 2013- 2022; PASNAP Finance Committee, 2013 - 2022
Past NASN Affiliate Offices/Appointments: PASNAP Past-President, 2015 - 2016; PASNAP President, 2014 - 2015; PASNAP Regional Representative - Conference Coordinator, 2011 - 2012
Present Offices/Appointments in Other Associations: Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) - Mideastern Representative for PA Department of Pupil Services, 2010 - 2021; Montgomery County School Nurse Association Secretary, 1997 - 2014
Past Offices/Appointments in Other Associations: NA
Publications Significant to School Nursing: NA
Presentations Significant to School Nursing: NA
Research Significant to School Nursing: NA
Statement of View: School nurses are the link to health and wellness of our students for successful learning and growing. The pandemic has brought to light the work of the school nurse and being recognized as a vital member of the school and the community. School nurses are now in a position to continue to advocate for the profession and the importance of having a school nurse in every school, every day, and all day.
The profession of school nursing must have school nurse leaders to promote the profession to other nursing colleagues and to mentor new school nurses. Let us find the voice of those who are retiring as well as those that have school nurse experience and the passion to promote the profession of school nursing. They know what the value of a school nurse brings to our children and their families as well as to those in our schools every day.
The work of the Nominating Committee is to find the voice and the successful work of school nurses able and willing to lead, advocate and promote the importance of the professional school nurse. The nation has heard and seen the work of the school nurse these past two years. School nurses have proven their knowledge and nursing practice with our students to healthy and ready to learn. We now have the attention of our legislators and school administrators to have a seat at the table for all matters relating to our students for a successful education. Who do we need at this table? Who is willing to take this role to lead and advocate for all school nurses in the nation? These leaders are among us. Let us nurture and support their willingness to share their voice and expertise.
This Nominating Committee candidate completed the Nominating Committee process.