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GIPS nurse given two awards for her pandemic work

Vrooman was honored by the Grand Island Independent and Nebraska Nurses Association
Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 7:59 AM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Lead Nurse for the Grand Island Public Schools school district is being recognized for her efforts throughout 2020 by receiving two awards: the 2020 Positive Image of Nursing Award and the Outstanding Healthcare Worker Award.

Chris Vrooman oversees the other nurses in the district while also bouncing from school to school and serving on the district’s pandemic team. The pandemic team was started in March of 2020 to better navigate how the school year was supposed to look when the pandemic began.

“Our nurses knew what to do, we did our job,” Vrooman said. “It was just on a much bigger scale than previous years.”

Although these awards are going to Vrooman, everyone who knows her, including Vrooman herself, knows these aren’t individual awards.

“I didn’t do it by myself there was no way we could’ve done it without the nurses,” Vrooman said.

The awards, one coming from the Nebraska Nurses Association the other coming from the Grand Island Independent, will be announced at the district’s monthly board meetings Thursday evening.

Following the same sentiment that the awards aren’t just for one person, the district’s Associate Superintendent took the time to recognize multiple teams that have helped the year go smoothly.

“The team, especially the pandemic team, and then our school teams, our classroom teams we just all work to support each other to keep a safe learning environment for students and staff,” Dr. Robin Dexter said.

The pandemic team first met daily but recently was knocked down to two or three times a week. The team creates protocol, brings in information to adapt, does contact tracing and sets safety measures for the district. Each aspect contributes to the awards Vrooman will receive.

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