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 Pam Ross. I am a certified school nurse for Greensburg Salem. I have been with the district since 2000. I received my BSN and school nurse certification from Carlow University and have been an RN for over 30 years. I have worked at multiple buildings throughout the district, and have been at the middle school for the last few years. I look forward to getting to know your child and family. I hope to help them become the healthiest student they can be.
Hello! My name is Elizabeth Jones. I am a Registered Nurse at Nicely Elementary School. I have been a nurse for over 40 years, 16 of them in the school setting. I am also a life long Golden Lion. My job is to take care of the sick and injured students and staff of Nicely and to assist the certified nurses.
When I am not in school I love to read, shop and spend time with my family.
Hello! My name is Terri Fontanazza. I am the school nurse for Metzgar Elementary. I have 4 children who are all grown up now, and I have 3 grandchildren and 1 on the way.
I have been a nurse for 39 years. I worked for many years at Westmoreland Manor before coming into the school setting. I have been at Metzgar 11 years now. I always knew I wanted to work with children, ever since I was in nursing school.I really enjoy helping and taking care of all the students in my school. Being a nurse has been such a rewarding career for me.
Hello, my name is Kathy Rolka. I am currently working at Greensburg Salem High School as one of the school nurses. I am a mother of 3 beautiful children Aubree, Miranda, and River. I graduated nursing school from Greater Johnstown CTC in 2012. Prior to nursing, I obtained my CNA from Central Westmoreland Career & Technology Center in 2005 and my EMT from Mutual Aid in 2010. Some of my prior work history includes being the First-Aid Nurse/Paraprofessional at CWCTC and working for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. I feel my extensive medical background of 18 years has well prepared me to provide the best care and meet the needs of each and every student within the district.
Hi! My name is Diane Sturnick, and I am the newest addition to the Greensburg Salem family. I'm currently working as the school nurse at Greensburg Salem Middle School. I received my BSN from Villa Maria College, now part of Gannon University, and my MSN from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
A majority of my nursing practice has been in Child Psychiatry and as an Educator.
I was trained in Structural Family Therapy at a University of Pennsylvania Hospital. I have a private therapy practice called Life Guidance of Greensburg.
I was honored to receive the Innovations in Education Award from Mental Health America in 2011.
I am a founding member of PFLAG Greensburg and Sage's Army.
I love to sing and belong to the Westmoreland Choral Society.
My favorite hobby just might be feeding people with homemade Italian food.