Meet the Nurses
The School Nurse
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. (NASN, 1999)
About the Certified School Nurses....
Hello! My name is Amy Elyes. I am a Certified School Nurses for Greensburg Salem School District. I received my associates degree from CCAC- South campus, and my bachelor's degree from Ohio University. I received my school nurse certificate from Slippery Rock University. I have been a nurse for 17 years, and spent 16 years of that time working at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh on the pediatric surgery floor. I came to the high school in October 2018, and it has been a welcome change from the craziness of the hospital environment. I enjoy interacting with the kids, and getting to know them.
I was moved to Hutchinson Elementary for the 2019-2020 school year, and oversee all the elementary schools in the district. It has been a wonderful change and I love interacting with the "littles", and think of them as my own kids. I have found my "home" at work with the littles. Outside of work I'm also happily married with the sweetest daughter of my own and 2 step daughters who I love like my own. They all love/play softball, and we spend every weekend at travel ball tournaments or recc games or Tball games.
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Hello! My name is Melissa Sabella-Menoher, and I am the Certified School Nurse for Greensburg Salem High School. I received my bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pennsylvania State University. For my school nurse certification, I attended Eastern Mennonite University. I have been a nurse for 20 years and previously worked at Westmoreland Intermediate Unit 7, Saint Vincent College, and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh as a Pediatric Certified Nurse. I believe my love of children and experience in leadership has prepared me well for the role of the High School Nurse.
About the Non-Certified Nurses:
Hello! The kids call me Miss Doris, and I'm one of the school nurses at Nicely Elementary. I've been a nurse for 11 years now, receiving my degrees from Penn State University. I'm currently enrolled in the CSN program at Eastern University and will finish that up in Dec 2021. I've been with the Greensburg Salem school district for 6 years now, but have worked in the medical field for over 30 years. I've gotten to experience many different aspects of training throughout my career, but I enjoy my role as school nurse the most.
Hello! My name is Stacey Amandola and I am the nurse at Metzgar Elementary. I have been with the district since November 2020, starting out at the HS and then moving to MS to help out as well. I obtained my LPN from WCCC and have been a nurse for 20 years now. I have worked in a variety of areas including LTC, Skilled Nursing, Home Care and Hospice Nursing. 8 years ago I started my school nursing journey, working at a private school.
I have 2 children whom I enjoy spending time with. My "baby" will be graduating HS this year, I'm not ready for it!
I look forward to meeting you and taking care of all your children. They really do keep you young at heart.
Hi everyone! My name is Samantha McCarthy, and I am one of the new nurses you will see floating around between the schools, but mainly I'll be working at Greensburg Salem High School. I received my nursing license this past year and have worked in the health care field for over 6 years. On top of having my nursing license I have my teaching degree as well, so it is the best of both worlds to have the opportunity to work as a GS school nurse. I cannot wait to meet you and join the Greensburg Salem community.
Hi all!! My name is Dana Grindel and I am one of the nurses at GS Middle School. I got my associates degree from CCAC- Allegheny Campus 7 years ago, and have spent the last 6 years working at Shadyside Hospital on a Surgical-Oncology Unit. I came to the Middle School in March 2021, and it has been the most rewarding change! I love working with the kids and getting to know them. I love this role more than any career I've had. I'm also happily married with 2 wonderful children, and I love that this career change has allowed me to spend more time with my own kids as well.
Hello! My name is Dana Perry and I'm one of the school nurses at Hutchinson Elementary. I have been a nurse for 5 years. Before I came into the school environment I worked with pediatric patients in the Home Healthcare setting. I really love working with children, it is just so rewarding. I am especially loving the elementary school setting, the littles are so cute an innocent, they really make my day sometimes. I'm very excited to get to know the kids and take care of their needs. I have 3 children of my own. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, and playing cornhole.
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