(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
The award was presented in May at a school nurse meeting held in Jonesboro. Stout has served as school nurse at BIC for eight years.
"I did not have a hint I was going to receive an award," Stout said. "I was totally surprised when they called my name."
Dr. Kima Stewart, BIC principal, and George Edd Holland, BIC superintendent, nominated Stout for the prestigious award.
Stout is a licensed practical nurse (LPN). She has been serving as a nurse for 29 years. She has worked two jobs for most of those years. She presently works at the school through the week and the Manila Nursing Center on the weekend shift.
She said she enjoys working with the students and she also likes taking care of the elderly at the nursing center.
"I always wanted to be a school nurse," Stout said. "When I went to school I had plans to go to work in a school. It just took a few years for me to get there. While I was in school the instructors were handing out assignments at different places for training. When she mentioned a school nurse I volunteered."
She attended nursing school in Paragould through the Marked Tree Delta Votech classes. She received her LPN license in 1977.
She has worked in most areas of nursing.
Stout has two daughters, Sarah 26 and Morgan 20. Both are students at Arkansas State University. She also has a grandchild, Aelix, 18 months old. Both of her daughters are going into the education field.
Stout said she felt honored to receive the award.
"I love being the nurse at BIC," she said. "The teachers and the staff are easy to work with."
She said she also likes helping the students. In addition to caring for their cuts and bruises she gives out meds, keeps the immunization records for all students, gives the hearing and vision testing each year as well as height and weight measurements.