2016 Sure Shot (Regional) - Kjelse Curtis

Kjelse Curtis, RN, School Nurse
Morgan County School District Re-3

Fort Morgan Middle School
Fort Morgan High School
Lincoln High School

Kjelse Curtis joined Morgan County Re-3 School last Fall after a long career in hospital-based nursing. Kjelse earned with honors an Associate Degree in Nursing with a focus on Critical Care and Trauma from the Greenville Technical Institute in Greenville, South Carolina in 1998 and began working in her specialty of cardiac critical care and cardio-vascular critical care. After a move brought her to Colorado, she began working at North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC) in Greeley in the Intensive Care Unit/Trauma Unit/Burn Unit. While employed at NCMC, Kjelse was involved in the coordination of the transition to the newly constructed building housing the critical care areas. She also participated in establishing the Rapid Response Team within the hospital. In 2011 Kjelse moved to Fort Morgan and received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of Northern Colorado with honors. While in school, Kjelse found she had an interest in public health nursing in the rural setting and was thrilled to be able to join the Fort Morgan schools in the fall of 2015, where she is assigned to the Fort Morgan Middle and High Schools as well as Lincoln High School. Her focus this year has been assisting families and providers to come into compliance with the new immunization rules established by the State Board of Health in 2015. Kjelse’s work has also included assisting the other nurse in improving immunization documentation and access to the CIIS database by Health Aides in all eight schools in the district.

"At the beginning of this school year, Kjelse Curtis walked into an especially difficult situation. Of the almost 1,000 high school students she served, 874 had a non-compliant immunization status, including the entire freshman class of 300 students. Roughly 200 of those were due to documentation issues, but nearly 700 students remained non-compliant.

Through her tireless effort to notify, educate and collaborate with school administration, students, parents and providers in her service area (including the creation and distribution of over 2,000 non-compliance notices, many of which she wrote by hand), Ms. Curtis catalyzed the current up-to-date vaccination status of approximately 300 students, with nearly 700 students in-process." - Megan Berry, MPH, school coordinator, Colorado Immunization Information System