Gaston County director of health services earns statewide recognition

GASTONIA – The School Nurse Association of North Carolina named Susan Neeley, Gaston County Schools Director of Health Services, the 2011 School Nurse Administrator of the year, Superintendent L. Reeves McGlohon announced at a Board of Education meeting in September.
“We are extremely pleased and proud that the state has chosen Ms. Neeley as the top school nurse administrator in North Carolina,” he said. “She deserves this honor. A relentless advocate for child health care, she is respected and recognized by her colleagues both locally and statewide as an exceptional leader in the field of school nursing and child health.”
As a nationally certified school nurse and nursing executive administrator, Neeley holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Gardner-Webb University and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Before taking on the role of director of health services in 2008, she worked as a school nurse and health science teacher. Before joining the district, she worked as an emergency services nursing director and supervisor, case manager and nursing clinician at Gaston County Memorial Hospital for 15 years.
During her time as director of health services, she led efforts to organize the H1N1 educational program in Gaston County Schools. She set up a program to offer H1N1 vaccinations for students and employees and all of the district’s 55 schools.

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