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Nurse of the Year award goes to diabetes educator

Pediatric endocrinology nurse Sharon Schwarz, who was joined by clinic physician Dr. Remberto Paulo, checked patient Samuel Silcox’s blood sugar levels with a glucose meter.

MUSC’s 2013 Nurse of the Year, Sharon Schwarz, R.N., was chosen for the honor because of her efforts to revamp the Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic’s diabetes teaching program.

As an advanced practice nurse and certified diabetes educator, Schwarz has worked in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology since 1996.

She is credited with developing teaching materials for the families of children diagnosed with onset Type 1 diabetes.

She also helped develop research-supported insulin pump management techniques, according to clinic manager and nominator Heather Dolan, R.N.

“Nursing students seek her out because she has a genuine passion to teach them,” Dolan said.

Schwarz received her award during an event held May 6.

Registered nurse Sharon Schwarz was presented with the Nurse of the Year award and flowers by MUSC chief nursing officer Dr. Marilyn Schaffner.
May 9, 2013

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