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Harrison Ave. Elementary School Nurse Janice Middleton named a Times Union Nurse of the Year

June 8, 2018

Janice MiddletonHarrison Avenue Elementary School Nurse Janice Middleton was named a “Nurse of the Year” as part of The Times Union Salute to Nurses project. She was one of 10 nurses recognized in the Capital Region.

Each year the newspaper accepts nominations and then honors 10 nurses in the capital region who embody the spirit of the profession and give selflessly to the communities and patients they serve daily.

“My inspiration in becoming a nurse was my grandmother Lohret. She was always helping people and seemed to always know how to handle any situation!” said Middleton, who has been a nurse for more than 20 years. “I’ve taken care of all age groups but definitely, my most favorite, is taking care of elementary age children. They are so innocent, excited and eager to learn about everything.”

Hundreds of applications were submitted by patients, families, friends and peers of regional nurses. The applicants were selected by a panel of five healthcare, education and community relations professionals.

Middleton was nominated by Harrison Avenue Elementary School teacher Angela Salerno, who wrote, “Nurse Middleton is an amazing school nurse. She really gets to know the kids and helps them through their rough days at school.”

“Nurse Middleton always shows compassion, professionalism and integrity in her job,” said District Nurse Supervisor Bristie Tracy. “She is a wonderful asset to our school district and a trusted adult to many students that have gone through Harrison Avenue Elementary School over the years. It’s a pleasure to work with her and I am proud to have her on our team.”

In addition to her work in the health office, Middleton is involved in the school’s summer lunch program, the school backpack program and the holiday caring program, among other school initiatives.

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