Beth Mattey, MSN, RN, NCSN, of Wilmington, Delaware, is currently the lead school nurse in the Brandywine School district. Throughout her career as a school nurse she has worked with elementary and high school students, as well as with students with special needs. She has been a Nationally Board Certified School Nurse since 1990 and is an Instructor at the University of Delaware.
Beth graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Nursing and was recently recognized as one of the 50 Stars in Nursing at the University of Delaware School of Nursing’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. She has authored a chapter in the award winning textbook, Selekman’s School Nursing: A Comprehensive Text, as well as written several articles for professional publications. She is a past-President of the Delaware School Nurse Association and a past-Board Member of NASN. She has been a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation in Delaware. Beth was recognized as the 1996 Delaware School Nurse of the Year, 2009 American School Health Association School Nurse of the Year and received an NASN Presidential Award in 2010. As President-elect, Beth served as the NASN liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on School Health and the liaison to the National Board of Certification for School Nursing.
Beth believes school nurses play a key role in promoting population health by creating a culture of health in the school community. As the advisor for the tobacco prevention club at her high school, Beth helped students spread the tobacco prevention message through multi-media outlets, music, and interactive games traveling throughout Delaware. This peer-led program has received more than $150,000 in grant funding and has reduced the use of tobacco products by teens at the high school by 50 percent since its inception in 2001. Several teens presented the program at the 2003 NASN Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Once again, at the 2015 NASN Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Beth was extremely proud to have alumni and current students perform, sharing the tobacco prevention message through music.