Posted on April 9, 2021
Categories: News from SDP

PHILADELPHIA, PAAcademy at Palumbo School Nurse Eileen Duffey-Bernt, M.Ed., BS, RN, CSN, has been named the 2021 Pennsylvania School Nurse of the Year. She was selected among seven finalists across the state by the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) for her outstanding service to the students and staff of the School District of Philadelphia.

Each year, the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners honors a Certified School Nurse from each region of Pennsylvania who goes above and beyond in their role as a school nurse. Those Regional School Nurse Excellence Awards winners then become finalists for the following year’s Pennsylvania School Nurse of the Year.

Duffey-Bernt has worked 12 years at Academy at Palumbo School and more than 25 years within the District. Outside of her experience as both a school nurse and a teacher, Duffey-Bernt has also worked as a pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania.

“Throughout her career at the School District of Philadelphia, Eileen has demonstrated the true meaning of advocating for children, making a lasting impact on the health and lives of our students,” said Karyn Lynch, Chief of Student Support Services. “We are honored to have someone as skilled, knowledgeable and passionate about her work as Nurse Eileen Duffey-Bernt. I am glad to see her leadership, dedication and work ethic recognized across the state and among her peers.”

Duffey-Bernt will be recognized and presented The School Nurse of the Year Award at the NASN annual awards ceremony on Friday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony will be virtual.