Schuyler school nurse among top 10 in region

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A City School District of Albany school nurse has been named one of the top 10 nurses in the Capital Region.

Jill Thornton, school nurse at Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, was selected from among more than 625 nurses nominated for the recognition. She appears in a special section of Sunday’s Times Union called “Salute to Nurses: 6th Annual Celebration of Nursing Excellence in the Capital Region.”

Each year, the Times Union recognizes 25 local nurses – 10 winners and 15 finalists – nominated by family, friends, coworkers and others whose lives they've impacted with their work.

Thornton, one of the 10 winners, was nominated by Andrea Ribner, who works in the district’s Office of English as a New Language and Refugee Services. 

“Jill has passionately practiced her nursing skills on a daily basis, delivering care to hundreds of elementary students with many chronic illnesses, daily occurrences of aches, pains and accidental injuries. She has compassion and grace caring for young people.

“She deals with students and families from all over the world, not just from our city. She communicates with families with multicultural differences, employing the help of translators and interpreters with great sensitivity. She is loved and cherished by all who know and work with her,” Ribner said.

Thornton and the other top nurses were recognized Wednesday at a virtual luncheon.

Congratulations to our very own top nurse!