2020 Sure Shot (Regional) - Marianne Martinez

Marianne Martinez, MSN, RN

District Nurse Consultant, Child Care Health Consultant
St. Vrain Valley School District

Ms. Marianne Martinez graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She began her nursing career at Tucson Medical Center in their General Pediatrics Department and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Arizona where she also held the position of Pediatric Pulmonary Clinical Nurse Specialist for five years. She took a brief hiatus from nursing to raise her three children, but returned to the career when they entered school.

Ms. Martinez has been a school nurse for St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD) since 1999. She works with three schools in SVVSD in the consultant model promoting health, wellness and safety. In 2017, she took on a new role in the district as the Safety and Compliance Nurse which involves ensuring that the district follows CDPHE guidelines for immunizations, reporting and compliance and supervising staff members in the health services department (including the SVVSD Vision and Hearing Screening team).

Ms. Martinez is a member of the National Association of School Nurses and the Colorado Association of School Nurses. She has a special interest in immunizations and has strongly advocated in support of science-based vaccine policy in her school district as well as at the Colorado State Capitol. In 2014, she testified for House Bill 1288, which resulted in CDPHE making Colorado's school vaccination rates publicly available each year, in front of the House of Representatives Health and Environment Committee. She finds much value in all that she does, especially working with the staff, children and families of her community.

"Marianne's dedication, perseverance and hard work have not only benefited our school district but she has increased the knowledge base and safety of our entire community. She gives so much of her heart and soul to educating not only her co-workers but also parents, educators and medical practices. Marianne's drive, enthusiasm and dedication to our district has increased our immunization rates over the last few years dramatically."

- Joni Creighton, School Nurse Consultant, St. Vrain Valley School District