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Health and Wellness

School nurses support the educational success of students by working to minimize and/or eliminate educational barriers related to health issues.  Student health services provided by school nurses include, but are not limited to programs such as vision screening, dental education and safety education; nursing care plans and emergency action plans for students with chronic health conditions; emergency care for illness and injuries; and health promotion for staff.  School nurses serve as managers of student health care to develop school health policies based on current research, assist with referrals to health care providers and serve as a resource to link parents with other community organizations.

School nurses collaborate with the other support services within Bladen County Schools as well as with families and the community to fulfill our mission of "Producing responsible citizens by educating all students with global skills needed for the 21st century".


The school nurse provides direct health care to students and staff

The school nurse provides leadership for the provision of health services

The school nurse provides screening and referral for health conditions

The school nurse promotes a healthy school environment

The school nurse promotes health

The school nurse serves in a leadership role for health policies and programs

The school nurse serves as a liaison between school personnel, family, community, and health care providers

Our School Nurse Team

Willie Kay McDuffie, RN, BSN, NCSN - Lead School Nurse

  • Board of Education
  • Elizabethtown Primary School

 Jennie Arnold, RN, BSN, NCSN

  • Plain View Primary School
  • West Bladen High School

 Susan Lanier, RN, BSN, NCSN

  • Bladen Lakes Primary School
  • Elizabethtown Middle School

 Susan Kornegay, RN, BA, NCSN

  • Bladenboro Primary School
  • Clarkton School of Discovery

Ruth Huggins, RN, BSN, NCSN

  • Dublin Primary School
  • Tar Heel Middle School 

Heather Smith, RN, BSN, NCSN
       Bladenboro Middle School
       East Arcadia School 

Maria McSwain, RN, BSN, NCSN

  • Booker T Washington Elementary School
  • East Bladen High School