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Nurses at schools introduced

Nurses at each Decatur County school were hired as employees of the school system this year.

Last year, they were employees of Memorial Hospital, which said it had to cut the school nurse program because of revenue concerns.

The nurses now work 190 days, eight hours a day, and receive all the duties, responsibilities and privileges that all employees receive who are employed by the Decatur County School System, said Linda Lumpkin, assistant superintendent.

The following are the school nurses for the 2009-2010 year school:

 Vickie Parker of Bainbridge is the nurse for Elcan-King Elementary School. She is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She’s been the school nurse at Elcan-King for two years and for five years at Lillian E. Williams, the now closed school in Attapulgus. She is married to Mitch Parker, and they have triplets, Seth, Gabe and Dani.

Misty Griffin of Bainbridge is the nurse for John Johnson Elementary School, where she’s been the nurse there for five years. She’s worked for Memorial Hospital for a total of 10 years. Griffin is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is married to Jim Griffin, and they have a son, Grayson.

 Bonnie H. Provence of Bainbridge is the school nurse for Jones-Wheat Elementary School, where she’s beginning her ninth year there. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and she worked at Tallahassee Memorial’s labor and delivery room for more than 13 years. She is married to Dan Provence, and they have two children, Aubrie and Daniel.

 Virgina Kay Smith of Bainbridge is the nurse for Potter Street Elementary. She has an associate’s in nursing and was the school nurse for two years at Lillian E. Williams. She is married to Jack Smith, they have two adult children, Stephen and Melinda.

 Tracy Cox of Bainbridge is West Bainbridge Elementary School’s nurse, where she’s been that school’s nurse for 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and she is a registered nurse. She is married to Darrell Cox, and they have two children, Reagan and Garrett.

 Christy Harrell of Bainbridge is the school nurse for Hutto Middle School. She was the school nurse at West Bainbridge Middle School for nine years. Harrell has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is married to Randy Harrell, and she has three children, Cody Sapp, Austin Sapp and Landon Harrell.

 Cara Lynn of Bainbridge is the school nurse for Bainbridge Middle School. She has seven years experience in nursing and has an associate’s degree in nursing. She is married to Jeff Lynn, and they have two children, Carson and Preston.

 Heidi Wells is the school nurse for Bainbridge High School, which this is her first year there. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and has experience at Bainbridge College, Memorial Hospital and Shallowford Hospital. She is married to Jay Wells, and they have two teenage children, Anna and Ben.

 Sherry Allen of Colquitt is the coordinator of the school nurses. She has 13 years experience at Memorial Hospital. She is married to Ricky Allen and they have two adult children, Richard and Laura.