The nurses who work for Des Moines Public Schools are dedicated to their students, caring for their well being and serving as the first responders to student health emergencies. They help students and families manage chronic illness and are there for every cut, scrape and bruise with a smile and a skill set unmatched in their buildings.

So it’s always a pleasure to share great news about our nursing staff!

Weeks Middle School nurse Kelli Luft will be one of five national recipients of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) scholarship.

Luft grew up in Des Moines schools, attending Garton and Phillips elementary schools, Goodrell Middle School, and graduated from East High School. She plans to use the scholarship to pursue her Master of Science in Nursing Education at Western Governors University.

“I am thrilled to be a proud member of ISNO (Iowa School Nurse Orgnization) and NASN and will be forever grateful to have been selected for the scholarship,” Luft said. “I’m so proud to work in this district and make a difference in the lives of my students and community.”

Luft will receive a $2,500 scholarship and complimentary registration for the NASN 53rd Annual Conference in Austin, TX. Association president Laurie Combe said in a congratulatory letter that a formal recognition would come later this year.

“NASN is committed to advancing the education of its professional members and is specifically delighted to support you this year,” said Combe.

DMPS Health Services Supervisor Diane Gladson said Luft’s achievement and dedication speaks volumes about Luft.

“This is quite an honor!” Gladson said. “Kelli’s pursuit of furthering her education will benefit her personally, the students she serves and the district at large.”

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