Children's Hospital Colorado

School Nurse Program Delivers Localized Care to Kids

A school nurse helps a student at school.

Kelly Grenham, District School Nurse Consultant for Mapleton Public Schools in Adams County, joined Children Hospital Colorado’s School Nurse Program in 2003 and started serving as the school nurse for more than 5,000 students in Mapleton. She quickly saw the incredible need for more people like her: nurses passionate about bringing care directly to kids in the setting most familiar to them — school.

The importance of a school-based health network

“Being part of Children’s Colorado allows us to provide faster and more complete care to our families,” says Grenham. “We have Children’s Colorado supporting nurses who are supporting parents, and now we’ve created a school-based network for kids with multiple touch points for receiving care.”

The School Nurse Program provides the Denver metro area with over 32 nurses from one of the top children’s hospitals in the country.

“Having highly skilled nurses in our schools is invaluable for both our students and staff,” says Mapleton’s Executive Director of Human Resources Sue Lin Toussaint. “Children’s Colorado is a trusted name and resource in the region, and having access to the medical expertise of nurses and physicians is a great comfort to staff and families in Mapleton.”

Partnering with schools to improve outcomes

Since 2003, Grenham has used data to show that school nursing is imperative for a successful education — increasing the number of school nurses embedded in Mapleton and rightfully earning her the 2015 School Nurse Leadership Award. “The partnership with Children’s Colorado gives students the expert medical care they need while at school,” says Toussaint. “Children who feel good learn better and are more likely to attend school without absences due to chronic health conditions.”

Learn more about our nursing programs and how we bring care to kids in their communities.