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Rapid City nurse honored after 37 years

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Only a few months removed from her retirement, one Rapid City nurse received a stamp of approval for her 37 years of caring for others.      

Carol Posthumus was awarded South Dakota's School Nurse of the Year at the 20th Annual School Nurse Conference Tuesday night.

She spent the last 21-years in the Rapid City School District, nursing at seven different institutions.

Posthumus says any of the 35 other nurses at the conference were just as qualified to receive the award as she was.    

"I'm not certain why I was actually chosen because all of these nurses care so much for the students that they have in their schools," said Posthumus. "And they do so many different things for their communities that I'm just one of them."  

During her career, Posthumus opposed legislation that posed threats to the healthcare system in South Dakota.

She also helped create a suicide prevention program, a tenacity Rapid City Area School-School Health Coordinator Linda Poppens–Boland says she will miss.    

"This is very hard, she's wonderful, she's outstanding, she's calm," said Poppens-Boland. "She's a fast decision maker, she's a fast thinker but also very calm and very dedicated.

A highlight of Posthumus' career was when she saved the life of an adult in an after school program.

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