Position: School Nurse
School: Mount Lebanon Elementary School
School District: Anderson School District 4
City, State: Pendleton, SC
Music that Describes Kristi
Kristi Martin was nominated by her assistant principal, Artrice Kinard.
Nurse Kristi is the best school nurse ever! She’s knowledgeable, driven, thorough, and always willing to go above and beyond to make sure students and staff are well. After the school closure in March, Nurse Kristi had no idea what she would be faced with if (and when) students and staff returned. She was already great at documenting, advising, and following up, but since students and staff have returned, her kind nature and willingness to serve has been a bright light that shines everywhere.
During the pandemic, Nurse Kristi has truly gone above and beyond to follow all of the state and district-level safety protocols. The protocols involve multiple steps to identify and respond to students and staff who are ill to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. There is a web-based application that employees use to report symptoms and an electronic temperature scanner that Nurse Kristi manages daily. She also makes phone calls, maintains records, and makes follow-up calls to families who have members who have tested positive or are suspected positive.
Nurse Kristi is doing a phenomenal job at keeping up with who can be at school, who can't, and when students and staff can return based on their quarantine or isolation status. It’s a lot to keep up with, but she does it all so well, calmly, and with a smile on her face. She fulfills these tasks on top of taking care of student injuries, medications, managing Individualized Health Plans, Seizure Plans, and severe student allergies on a daily basis. Because of her work, she was voted as her school's Support Employee of the Year.
"Nurse Kristi’s commitment to patient care, physical and mental wellness, and emotional stability are unparalleled," said Kinard. "Her love and compassion are what some students in our school come here to feel. She gives it tirelessly and relentlessly. We are so thankful for Nurse Kristi!"