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Jan Olson, who serves Molalla and Colton, was honored with the award at the annual school nurses conference

Jan Olson, who serves as the district nurse for both Molalla and Colton schools, was recently honored as the Oregon School Nurse of the Year.

The award was announced at the Oregon School Nurses Association annual conference in Newport, Oregon on April 18.

Olson's letters of recommendation for the recognition identified her as a gifted communicator, leader and an impressive problem solver, according to a press release from Molalla River School District.

"Jan is the finest nurse I have ever worked with," said Michael Salitore, the district's director of supported education. "From acting as staff trainer, consultant, medical expert and liaison to medical providers in the community treating students, Jan provides direct services to students with precision and care."

COURTESY PHOTO: JAN OLSON - Molalla River/Colton School District nurse Jan Olson poses for a photo with MRSD Supported Education Director Michael Salitore.

As a district nurse, Olson follows the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child philosophy that recognizes physical, mental, emotional, psychological and socioeconomic health as part of a student's overall wellbeing, per the press release.

"Jan is compassionate in the care she provides to students and has strong staff support," said MHS Principal Brad Berzinski.

In addition to working at both school districts, Olson also teaches as an adjunct professor at Linfield College, teaches clinical ethics at Concordia University, serves on the Oregon School Nurse Advisory group, participated in an Asthma work group, is an OSNA legislative committee member and is the mother of five children.

If that weren't enough (it is), this year Olson will complete her Doctorate of Nursing Practice, with a focus on school health and pediatric chronic disease.

"Molalla is proud to call Jan Olson one of our own," said MRSD Superintendent Tony Mann. "Jan is one of the many people who make Molalla a special place to raise children."

Kristen Wohlers
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