Valley View nurse wins award for work at Bolingbrook High
June 19, 2012 10:00PM
Updated: July 21, 2012 6:15AM
BOLINGBROOK — It takes a lot of people to support the physical and emotional needs of students at a school as large as Bolingbrook High School.
One of those people is school nurse Sue Batis, who recently was honored with the Illinois Association of School Nurses Recognition of Excellence Award.
“It’s really huge to be recognized by my peers,” said Batis, a registered nurse who is one of two full-time school nurses at Bolingbrook High School. “Nurses are such an important part of each school.”
Batis has been with the Valley View School District since 2002, when she joined the staff as a school nurse at Romeoville High School. Soon after she started, she found herself spending some time at Bolingbrook High School and also working one day a week as a liaison to school district health services.
She was named the full-time coordinator of Valley View School District Health Services in 2005.
In 2007, Batis went back to being a full-time nurse at Bolingbrook High School because “I was missing student contact and I really wanted to get back to that.”
Prior to coming to Valley View, she had experience with a home health agency working with children from Homer Township, Joliet and Plainfield. She also served as a nurse in Plainfield School District.
A graduate of College of St. Francis with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Batis then pursued an associate’s degree in nursing from Joliet Junior College and ultimately obtained her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She received her certificate to be a school nurse in 2001.
The award was given by the DuPage Valley Division of the IASN “to recognize a peer who best represents the leadership, professionalism and advocacy” of the school nurse profession.