School nurse receives $1,000 thank you from California Casualty

The New Year is starting well for registered nurse, Kellie Whelan, who is still in shock after receiving a $1,000 Nurses Night Out from California Casualty.

“I was so surprised and honored to have received this prize,” she said. Her name was randomly pulled from 11,000 entries received from nurses across the country.

Whelan, the school nurse for Alloway Township School in Salem County, said working with students and families to improve the health of the school community is her calling. “I have been a school nurse for six years and I truly feel that I have found my passion,” she added.

Whelan is an NJEA member who has also taken advantage of her NEA Member Benefits and is a satisfied California Casualty policyholder.

The Nurses Night Out award was created to thank registered nurses and nurse practitioners for the long hours they put in offering comfort and healing to patients and families. Winners can use the $1,000 prize any way they wish: hitting the town in a rented limousine, hosting a party, or taking a relaxing day at the spa. They are only limited by their imagination.

Whelan plans on using most of the funds for a summer vacation tour of the National Parks with her family, but will also treat teachers and staff at the Alloway Township School to a breakfast in the near future.

NJEA members can sign up for a chance to win a Dodge Journey with California Casualty’s “Wherever Your Journey Takes You…We’ll be There” sweepstakes at

For more information about what California Casualty offers NJEA members, visit

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