“Ever since I was a little girl, my dream has been to become a nurse and to make a difference in the lives of others.”
“Every day is a new day at Visitation and that is very exciting. I must be ready for whatever comes through my door.”
“For me, seeing the people in my school community thrive is the definition of a successful day at work.”
Convent of the Visitation School
In April 2012 , Governor Dayton signed a bill requiring all Minnesota high schools to provide CPR and automated external defibrillator training. The Convent of the Visitation was ahead of the game. AEDs had been installed there, and incoming freshman trained on them, since 2003, thanks to forward-thinking school nurse JoAnne Geiser.
Geiser’s day might include checking kids for lice or saving a student from an allergic reaction to peanuts. (For that she received a Saving a Life Award last year from the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota.)
But, Geiser says, “My daily management of students with chronic diseases like diabetes and asthma has been most rewarding. I love making a difference in the life of a child.”
These 49 finalists, combined with the 13 award winners, represent the top 25 percent of nurses nominated this year.