The Hoover school system today named the district’s lead nurse, Vicki Holden, as the 2017-18 Hoover City Schools Employee of the Year.
Holden has been a nurse for 36 years, serving as a critical care or surgical nurse at Princeton Baptist Medical Center and Brookwood Medical Center for 15 years before joining Hoover City Schools in 1997.
She spent her first two years in the system as the nurse at South Shades Crest Elementary School and then was transferred to Hoover High School in 1999. Two years ago, she was promoted to lead nurse to oversee the 22 other nurses spread among Hoover’s 16 schools.
Her office is at Hoover High, but on any given day, people might find her at any school, working with or filling in for other nurses. She is run ragged but never gripes, said Wayne Smith, the student services coordinator for the system.
Smith joked if he had to give a grade to Holden’s work, it would be a C—for competent, caring and compassionate.
“She’s the most competent person I have ever encountered in my career,” Smith said.
He has heard the Alabama Department of Education’s director of nursing comment how superior Holden is as a lead nurse, and this is only her second year in the job, he said.
She is always on top of her game and proactive in anticipating needs of the 22 nurses she oversees. She has quickly established herself as a go-to person for principals and counselors, he said.
“Anything she can do to assist or help her colleagues, she does it,” Smith said. “They all just have such respect for her.”