NASN President Nina Fekaris (right) congratulates Kae Bruch on being appointed as NASN Director for Virginia.

Kae Bruch, the school nurse at Cloverdale Elementary, was recently appointed the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) board of directors representative for Virginia.

As such, she received national training and will be instrumental in creating and revising NASN position statements that serve to provide school nurses, administration, and other stakeholders supporting documentation and references regarding best practices pertinent to school nurses and school health.

As the director for Virginia, she also had the opportunity to have a seat at the table to speak with the aides and legislative representatives of Virginia’s Congressional Delegation regarding the NASN training and activities she attended January 29.

Bruch was able to share the importance of passing legislation such as the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR), which was recently rolled in the Farm Bill.

The CNR helps fund free and reduced lunches for students across the United States, including some Botetourt County Public Schools students.

In addition, Bruch was able to convey the ongoing need for the Nurses for Under-Resourced Schools Everywhere (Nurse) Act, which is a demonstration grant program to fund school nurses based on Title I designation to help support student access to school nurses.

“We are very proud of Mrs. Bruch and her representation of Botetourt County,” Cloverdale Principal Jessica Martin said.