SPARTA, NJ – The students at Sparta Middle School have always been well cared for and now this has been recognized by the New Jersey State School Nurses Association.  Lillian Farrell can now add the NJSSNA Excellence in School Nursing Award to her long list of degrees and certifications.

Having received this award, Farrell has also been nominated for the National School Nurse Excellence Award, which will be announced at the conference in Indianapolis in July.  She said she was “nominated by a nursing colleague.”

Farrell received her BSN from Rutgers University and received her school nurse certification for Seton Hall.  She has her MS in Health Services and Wellness Promotion and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.  Farrell is certified as an Intrinsic Coach for Health and a board Certified Holistic Nurse. 

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Not happy to sit still, Farrell is currently working on a Whole Health Educator certification. 

Farrell began her time in Sparta as a substitute for three years, beginning as part-time in 1999 at Sparta Middle School.  In 2000 Farrell moved over to Mohawk Avenue School where she stayed until 2010.  She has been caring for the Sparta school district children for 17 years, currently tending to the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. 

She created Food Allergy Awareness Day and fundraising walks for chronic medical conditions. 

In 2010 Farrell received the Northern NJ- Rockland County Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Diabetes School Nurse of the Year award.  She was also nominated for the New Jersey Best Practices and Governor’s Teacher Award for Family Life Program and was interviewed for Medikidz epilepsy health education comic book. 

Farrell is interested in promoting healthy habits.  She participated in a three-year research study with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to track trends in obesity. Her efforts in promoting health eating were highlighted in “Child Obesity: Sharing What Works.”

Outside of school Farrell continues to follow her passion of caring for children.  She volunteers at a Muscular Dystrophy Camp over the summer.  She also went on a trip to Haiti with a nurses’ educator organization. 

Sparta Middle School Principal Michael Gregory said, “Lillian is a true professional. Constantly staying abreast of new regulations and seeking alternative methods through professional development opportunities. Her dedication to the middle school goes beyond the health and well-being of the students, as Lillian provides health education to our staff above and beyond her obligations.”