2nd World Health Care & Nursing Conference | September 19 - 21, 2022 | Online

Elizabeth Paquette and Jeffrey Smith

Malden Catholic High School, USA


Description: Emergency Response vs. Student Services Team or a unique collaboration of both? By developing a collaborative, multidisciplinary team of colleagues from school administration, faculty, school counseling, and – in the case of private, parochial, or independent schools – spiritual life/campus ministry with the remit of integrated prevention and preparedness provides not only support for school nurses but also contributes to positive outcomes for individual students and the wider school community. In recognizing the importance of trusted relationships, the team can work in partnership to provide support via an early intervention with students. In this presentation, we will outline how our school has developed such an approach that has had a positive influence on students’ well-being – including a reduction in the number of expulsions and the ever-increasing issues with mental health. This multi-event/multi-disciplinary team allows for adaptability for a wide variety of emergencies to be handled. It is the depth and breadth of the approach that enables the team to deal with multiple events or student issues. This wide application is the added value for the school community.
The dual team presentation of a school nurse and administrator illustrates two perspectives in a difficult situation that offers an optimum outcome for all within the community. After participating in this session, learners will be able to replicate this approach to suit their own school community. Participants are able to identify potential team members based on the unique needs of their school community and adapt the approach as appropriate.



Elizabeth Paquette received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in health from Fitchburg State University and a Nursing diploma from Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She has been the school nurse at Malden Catholic High School for 22 years.  A strong advocate for Catholic school nurses, Ms. Paquette maintains a leadership role with the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office. She has been named one of the" Faces of Catholic Education" for the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office.  With a special interest in Emergency Preparedness, she has participated in a NASN SETT program and an Archdiocese of Boston Stop the Bleed training program with Dr. David King, participating in a NASN podcast for the latter. Professional interests include participation in the NASN SIG PIPSN (Publicity and Marketing Chair), Chair of the SIG, and as Immediate Past Chair of PIPSN 2017-2019. Ms. Paquette was the 2012 recipient of the NASN PIPSN Excellence in School Nursing Award.  Ms. Paquette also received with the Theodore James Ryken Award from Malden Catholic in 2012. This honor is awarded to one member from each of the 12 Xaverian Brothers sponsored schools for best exemplifying the Gospel values and mission of the school and Xaverian Brothers. Also, in 2011-2012 Ms. Paquette was featured in a front-page article 'A Simple Act Elevates All' in The Boston Globe for developing a partnership between one of her students and a local family in need. Publicity from the article resulted in appearances on CNN, World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer and the filming of a PBS documentary, A Simple Act.   Elizabeth has been married for 38 years to Rick Paquette and is the mother of three children and a beautiful grandson.

Jeffrey Smith received his BS in History from Radford University, Master of Education in School Administration from Emmanuel College and most recently a Graduate Certificate in School Safety from Eastern Kentucky University. He is currently the principal of both divisions at Malden Catholic High School and has served  as assistant principal for the past 14 years. He is responsible for all school academic curriculum, faculty and staff , student life and serves as the Director of School Safety and Security. Mr. Smith’ special interests include School Safety and prevention of school related violence. He is a certified ALICE instructor and has participated in numerous training exercises with local law enforcement including hostage negotiation, forced entry, and armed intruder response. Mr. Smith completed the United States Marine Corps Educator’s Workshop in Parris Island, SC. Jeff was the only educator to complete the “Protecting Our Schools- Physical Security Assessment Course” with top ranking State law enforcement officials. Has performed Physical Security Assessments for several schools in the area. Mr. Smith serves as the Education Chair on the Board of Trustees for Xaverian Brothers High School. Jeff coached varsity football for the  20 seasons and served as Head Football Coach for 7 seasons. He has also coached lacrosse, wrestling, and track. He taught history and served as Assistant Athletic Director before his promotion to Assistant Principal. Jeff is the proud father of two girls and is married to his high school sweetheart.