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Nursing alum honored as Idaho’s 2022 School Nurse of the Year

Headshot of Julie Douty
Julie Douty

School of Nursing alum Julie Douty received the 2022 Idaho School Nurse of the Year award and was recently honored at the National Association of School Nurses conference in Orlando, Florida.

Douty is “humbled to receive such a great honor,” she said.

Douty graduated from Boise State with her nursing associate degree in 1982. She’s worked for the Vallivue School District for over half of her 40-year career, eventually becoming the director of health services in addition to a school nurse in 2020.

Douty stands on stage with 9 other people to accept an award at a conference.
The National Association of School Nurses honored Douty (third from right) at its annual conference this summer.

During the pandemic, Douty served on the Idaho Governor’s K-12 Emergency Council Public School Reopening Committee and as a collaborative partner with Southwest District Health. She also secured a state grant and opened a Vallivue testing facility during the Omicron peak in January 2022. Currently, she is the president of the School Nurse Organization of Idaho.

As reported in RN Idaho, Douty’s administrators are grateful for her dedication to students and diligence in leadership. “During the pandemic, she was instrumental in keeping our district leadership informed,” they said. “She regularly reported to the school board and district administration about policies, updated local and national data, and recommended procedural changes.”

Douty also holds a master of science in nursing degree from Northwest Nazarene University. She regularly serves as a nurse consultant in the community and has been a volunteer for the Quaker Hill camps for 20 years. She is passionate about evidence-based practice and advocating for students.

“I enjoyed my time as a Bronco and my career as a nurse that started with my instruction at [Boise State],” Douty said.