Cathy Grano, a school nurse in Middletown Township, is the 2021 New Jersey School Nurse of the Year. For this prestigious acknowledgement, she will receive The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) 2021 Excellence in School Nursing Award this summer at NASN’s national conference. Grano was chosen for her extraordinary service to her school community and the New Jersey State School Nurses Association (NJSSNA). Even before COVID, Grano displayed admirable leadership skills, but her devotion to ensuring public health safety through educating the public about the pandemic has amplified her impact.
Grano is a creative problem solver with a keen sense of purpose and passion for school health. She has been an integral member of the NJSSNA Education Team and embraced her role with vigor. Grano understands the complexity of community engagement and has a welcoming demeanor coupled with self-motivation and pride in her work product. She is also a skilled presenter and has a unique ability to translate complex concepts for the benefit of the learner.
Grano is a seasoned school nurse and a Johnson & Johnson School Health Fellow. She is organized, resourceful, creative, and dedicated to children’s health. Grano implemented the Back Pack food program that provides nutritious, nonperishable, easy-to-prepare food to children to ensure they get enough food on weekends and holidays to avoid hunger. Grano is an exemplary school nurse, a powerful and impactful contributor to the health and well-being of the students, staff and families she serves.