*School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self management, self advocacy, and learning.

The following list comes from NASN's brochure titled, "Health and Learning: The Critical Link for Academic Success" and reflects a partial description of the school nurse role:

• Ensures compliance with school entry health requirements such as immunizations;
• Provides care and case management for children with chronic health problems;
• Monitors security and safe administration of medications;
• Assures the health and safety of the school students and staff;
• Manages disaster preparedness and emergency service plans;
• Provides health education and staff wellness programs;
• Assures student compliance with state and local regulations related to health and safety; and
• Identifies school health needs and advocates for necessary resources.

*Taken from the NASN



Doris R. Freese, RN
St. Peters by the Sea

Favorite Healthy Quote:
The greatest wealth is health - Virgil

Education & Certifications:
Graduated with highest distinction honors from SCCC School of Nursing (AAS degree). Recipient of the SUNY Utica-Rome Medal of Academic Excellence and the provost’s Medallion for Outstanding Scholar. Elected to Phi Theta Kappa Society and appeared in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges.

Nursing Experience:
Worked at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola and Nassau BOCES (School Nurse Substitute); Currently Staff RN at Suffolk County Community College Health Office in Brentwood and School Nurse at St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Day School, Bay Shore. Member of the Professional Nurse’s Association of Suffolk County (PNASC) and a board member of the SCCC Nursing External Advisory Council.

Special Interest(s) & Hobbies:
Enjoy gardening, reading and sudoku puzzles.

A health recommendation to students and parents/guardians:
Eat fresh foods, exercise, get enough sleep and limit stress every day.



Crysel Armas, RN
South Country School

Favorite Healthy Quote:
The greatest wealth is health - Virgil

Education & Certifications:
AAS, RN License, BLS

Nursing Experience:
Maria Regina Nursing Home - Three years
Good Samaritan Hospital - Two years
School Nurse since 2001

Special Interest(s) & Hobbies:
Reading, baking, traveling, soccer and spending time with my grandchildren

A health recommendation to students and parents/guardians:
Eat healthy, exercise daily - laugh and enjoy family time.


Veronica Karcher, RN
Fifth Avenue School

Favorite Healthy Quote:
“Commit to be fit” -Author unknown

Education and Experience:
AAS, Registered Nurse, BLS

Nursing Experience:
School Nurse 1995-Present

Special Interests(s) & hobbies:
Boating, golf, reading

A health recommendation to students and parents/guardians:
Your health is a precious gift. Eating right and exercise will help you maintain your good health.


Carol Phelan, RN
Brook Avenue School

Favorite Healthy Quote:

Education & Certifications:
AAA licensed Registered Nurse
CPR/AED Certified

Nursing Experience:
Smithtown General Hospital
Good Samaritan Hospital
Camp Nurse
School Nurse - 17 yrs.

Special Interest(s) & Hobbies:
Music, Art, Travel

A health recommendation to students and parents/guardians:
Laughter is the best medicine.


Jacquelyn Mason
High School

Favorite Healthy Quote:
“If kids come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job more important.” - Barbra Colorse

Education & Certifications:
Associate in Science;
Nursing - SUNY @ Farmingdale;
Member of Suffolk County Association of School Nurses, BLS

Nursing Experience:
Brunswick Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Hospice of the South Shore, Birkshire Nursing Center Rehab, Copiague Middle School, Bay Shore High School

Special Interest(s) & Hobbies:
Interior Decorating, Gardening, Travel, Real Estate, spending time with my family

A health recommendation to students and parents/guardians:
“Everything in moderation”


Karen M. Heller, RN
Bay Shore High School

Education & Certifications:
CPR/AED Certified
Kings Park Hospital School of Nursing 3 year Diploma RN
Suffolk County Community College AA Liberal Arts

Nursing Experience:
Central General Hospital - Charge R.N. Medical Surgical Unit
Mercy Hospital Medical Surgical ICU R.N.
St. Francis Hospital Surgical  Open Heart ICU R.N.
Nassau University Medical Center Emergency Dept. R.N.
Bay Shore High School Health Office R.N.

Special Interest(s):
Travel, reading and spending time with my family.


Terry Stallone
Gardiner Manor School

Favorite Healthy Quote:
Everything in moderation.

Education & Certifications:
Mercy School of Nursing; St. Joseph’s college; Malloy College

Nursing Experience:
Medical/Surgical Units Hospital; University Clinical Nurse; Elementary School Nurse; Clinical Nurse @ private physician's office

Special Interest(s) & Hobbies:
Reading, flower and vegetable gardening, piano, oil painting, viewing art museums in N.Y.C.

A health recommendation to students and parents/guardians:
Listen to your body - not your mind when it comes to food. Eat with awareness and without judgment


Jean Carboni
Mary G. Clarkson School




Rita I Molloy
Mary G. Clarkson School

Favorite Healthy Quote:
"To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived...that is to have succeeded." - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82) American Writer and Philosopher

Education & Certifications:
Registered Professional Nurse
American Heart Association-Certified Coronary Care Nurse
NYS Certified Pharmacy Technician
American Cancer Society Certified Instructor of Breast and Testicular Self-Exam
NYSED/NYSASN School Nurse Orientation Instructor & Educator on Anaphylaxis/ Asthma

New York State Association of School Nurses 2010 Excellence in School Nursing Award
American Lung Association Asthma friendly School Initiative Asthma Champion Award 2010

Nursing Experience:
Hospital Nursing:
Critical Care/ICU/CCU/PACU, Day Surgery, Endoscopy, Pain Management, Pediatics, Surgical Step-down Unit
School Nursing:
Elementary, Pre-School, Intermediate School, Middle School, Alternative High School, BOCES: EPPA (a former student pregnacy and parenting program), Pre-K, and special needs programs

Special Interest(s) & Hobbies:
Volunteer Work:
President-Suffolk School Nurses Zone 2
Past President -New York State Association of School Nurses
NYSASN Zone 2 Representative
NYS Department of Health Emergency Medical Services for Children Advisory Committee
Asthma Coalition of Long Island Schools Environment Committee Member , and Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative Grant Coordinator for Bay Shore Schools (4 years)
Past  Chairperson Mary G. Clarkson Wellness Committee, and Wellness Alliance Volunteer
Medical Advisory Board: Protect Allergic Kids (Parent Support Group)
NYS Dental Association Task Force to Improve Access to Dental Care Member
Travel,Gardening,Cooking,Seeing Broadway Shows,Listening to Music and Walking for Exercise

A health recommendation to students and parents/guardians:
Please treat yourself with extra special care. Eat a healthy diet, exercise, get enough sleep, and enjoy all that life has to offer. You deserve it!