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Nurse of the Year

Lucy Carbajal, a nurse at Henry and Keller schools, has won the School Nurse of the Year Award from the Long Beach School Nurses Association.

Carbajal, who also works as a part-time district lead nurse, is described by colleagues as kind, upbeat and smart.

“The staff, kids and parents love her,” said Lead Nurse Rose Van Meeveren.

Carbajal has been a nurse for 26 years and a school nurse for 19 years.  On the way to work one day, she pulled over and called 911 when a man was standing on the freeway overpass ready to jump.  She approached the man and was able to talk to him until the police arrived and prevented him from jumping.  

“She is truly a hero,” Van Meeveren said.

The other nominees for the award were Lupe Hernandez, Laura Foster, Christine Gibson, Jennifer Pouv, Jessica Amata, Teresa Smolin and Paula Evans.