Blogs and Announcements

NASN presents a new membership minute video published on YouTube; How to Access the Employment Center on the NASN Website . This video is part of the Membership Minute YouTube Series about accessing key benefits. Watch the video and others on the YouTube Playlist to maximize your membership experience. #LatestNews
Kathy Reiner is a Colorado school nurse who champions climate justice. She is clear that the science is irrefutable and what is needed is immediate action. I learned of her passion for saving our planet through her tweets. Kathy showed me why climate change is an issue for school nurses. Follow  Kathy Reiner  on Twitter and you will learn to view the issue of climate justice through a nursing lens. One example is  Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments,  an organization I learned about through her Twitter feed. While I have always believed in recycling, minimizing waste, and limiting my carbon footprint, I never connected it to my nursing practice, ...
To guide school nurses with the type of documentation of agreement that may need to be in place before data sharing, NASN has released the third data collection educational activity: Data Agreements. This online course offers .75 CNE contact hour. Learn more or enroll in this free course today. #LatestNews
The Journal of School Nursing April 2019 article "Rates of Exposure to Victimizing Events and Use of Substances Among California’s Middle and High School Students" is the focus of the latest JOSN podcast. Learn more about this article by reading the abstract below,   listening to the author podcast and reading the full-text article . Nearly half of 5- to 17-year-olds have experienced trauma in the form of at-school victimization. Exposure to trauma increases students’ risk for mental health disorders and school failure. This study reviews at-school victimization in middle and high school students and associated health outcomes that may negatively ...
Nurses have served in Indiana schools since at least the early 1950s.The nurse in the school district accompanied the school doctor to classrooms to give immunizations in some city schools.  Rural schools were served by the county health nurse.  In the 1960s, school nurses in Indiana were hired with Title I federal money, at least one per district, meaning there were at least 290 school nurses. Many of these nurses, one per district, had a BS degree in Nursing.  Some of those school nurses attained an Indiana Student Services Educator’s License, which remains an option to this day.    The Indiana Department of Health was a liaison to school nurses hired ...
Please note the firm deadline for registration and reservation of hotel rooms at the discounted rates is March 22, 2019 .  Get more detail including a full schedule of events, registration link, and reservation information .
Victims will need to be able to show up to be moulaged by 11:00 a.m. You will need to be able to stay until 3:30 p.m. Victims should wear clothing that can be torn and stained, as the fake blood and make up stains, and some injuries will tear clothing. You may bring other clothing to change into after the drill, but keep in mind that if you do not wash the moulage off entirely after the drill, you may stain the clothes you change into, as well. You will be moulaged and have time to eat and visit with other victims while you get your instructions. The live scenarios start at 1:00 p.m. and will run for 30 minutes, repeating 4 times until 3:00 p.m. You ...
Tuesday, March 12, 2019,  5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Eastern Children are using cannabis as a medical treatment reach ever greater numbers for areas, which have medical cannabis programs. Dr. Alan Shackelford will guide you through the history of cannabis as a medical treatment, insight into the research supporting its use, its dosing and forms of administration, and a basic understanding of potential problems and precautions around its use. Learn more and register here . #LatestNews
CODA_2019_Camp_Flier_2_pages.pdf Great camp opportunities!  Medical staff on site 24/7!  Camp lets kids be kids ... and learn a little about living with diabetes.  Scholarships available - no one turned away because of finances.  Please share the flyer!!
School Health / NASN Dance Party Included with your conference registration. Awards Celebration Included with your conference registration. Endowment Fund Fun Walk/Run in the Rockies Additional registration fee required. Meet the Editors Included with your conference registration. Exhibitor Passport Prize Drawing Included with your conference registration.  Various prizes donated by exhibitors.  One grand prize of a complimentary conference registration in 2020. Satchels and Purses for Nurses A silent auction fundraiser --- fabulous merchandise to browse and maybe take home! Affiliate Rally Included with your conference registration.  ...
Welcome to a new feature on the Relentless School Nurse website : "What Happened at School Today?" The idea for this view from different health offices is the result of discussions with school nurses across the country who wanted to share their practice settings. Last year, Abby Pelletier   and I shared pictures taken from our perspective health offices. I am in an urban NJ school and she is in rural NH, so the differences were quite distinct. "What Happened at School Today?" will feature pictures in and out of the office and a brief write up of a day in the life of a school nurse. It should be quite fun to hear about our school day and to view the ...
My Experience of the Importance of Continuing School Nurse Education Following my attendance at the NASN Conference last June in Baltimore, I have been asked to share some thoughts about why I feel continuing nursing education is so important. To share my ideas, I will use what I learned from the conference keynote speaker, Terri Sjodin, author of Small Message, Big Impact .  Terri shared many hints to make our message heard; among them that we must focus on the truth in our message, and that it’s important to add a flourish; something funny, serious, or heartfelt that will make our statement memorable - so here goes:   “I hold this school nurse truth ...
Please hold the following PIPSN related activity dates and times as you plan your conference schedule: General Business Meeting: June 28th, 2019  3p - 4:30 pm Location: Homestead 3-4 Participate in the PIPSN business meeting, meet fellow members and new officers, volunteer for an open committee or leadership position, and vote on pending resolutions. Open House and Pizza: June 28th, 2019 5:30p - 7pm  Location:TBA Come to our Open House after the business meeting.  This is an opportunity to meet and make connections, network and share ideas with fellow PIPSNs at a casual get together.  This is also an opportunity to meet and speak casually with ...
Does your district have a protocol or guidelines for concussion management in students?  States are required to have a plan for returning to organized physical activity after a concussion, but not many districts provide guidelines on what should be done in the time immediately following a concussion and through the recovery process.  Furthermore, there are wide variations in how some physicians treat and guide follow-up care for a concussion diagnosis, which can lead to confusing and unclear expectations for management from the school. Having a solid district protocol for concussion management can therefore help to address common challenges and provide a clearer ...
Get ready to shop....Back by popular demand, the Satchels and Purses for Nurses event will be taking place outside of the Grand Ballroom from June 28-30 at the Gaylord Rockies in Denver, CO!! NASN Affiliates will donate a satchel, purse, backpack, messenger bag, or even fanny pack and you will have an opportunity to make a bid to purchase it. We are planning for some really special, high quality bags this year!  We will close bids on Sunday, June 30th in the afternoon and the final buyers will be notified.  All proceeds will go directly to the Endowment Fund. We will also be holding a collection for the Endowment at the end of all morning general sessions. ...
To encourage school nurses with communicating the amount of care that is needed in schools, NASN has released the second data collection educational activity; Data 101: Using School Nurse Data as a Force for the Future . This online course offers 1 CNE contact hours and will provide tips on how school nurses translate the data they collect into information and knowledge.  Learn more or enroll in this free course today. #LatestNews
“What does a School Nurse actually do?” “Are you a REAL nurse?” “You have the best job, it must be SO easy.”  “What do you actually do all day?”  How many times has someone said something like this to you?  Often times our roles / responsibilities are not well understood by teachers, administrators, parents or even other nurses.  How do you explain to everyone that your responsibilities include more than putting on Band-Aids and giving out icepacks?  Before becoming a School Nurse, I had no idea what School Nursing was really like.  Nothing in my nursing education or career had prepared me for this.  Being a nurse is HARD; being a School Nurse is a different ...
Please join the Officers, Board of Director Chairs, Regional Representatives and Committee Representatives in congratulating our membership nominated 2019 School Nurse of the Year (SNOY) and School Nurse Administrator of the Year (SNAOY).  These two School Nurses are models of excellence in school nursing practice in our state.  Thank you for lending to the "School Nurse Voice" of Ohio!  A reception honoring our SNOY and SNAOY will be held Friday evening, March 8th at the 46th Annual OASN Conference in Dayton Ohio. Ohio 2019 SNOYJudy Marrinan MEd, MSA, BSN, RN, Licensed School Nurse is a School Nurse at Mad River Local Schools in Southwest Ohio.  Judy is an ...
Register for  Taking Flight: School Nurses Soaring to Improve Student Outcomes   2019 OASN 46th Annual Conference, Dayton, OH at the Marriott at the University of Dayton.   CONFERENCE REGISTRATION ENDS March1, 2019.    Click here for the  AGENDA   and to   REGISTER OASN 46th Annual Conference  Hotel :   Marriott at the University of Dayton 1414 South Patterson Boulevard Dayton, Ohio 45409 USA, Call to book your room: 1-937-223-1000 and mention "OASN Conference" Sign up  for the 2019 Endowment Event:   “A Flight Back in Time” on March 9th from 6:30 P.M.- 9:30 P.M at the Carillon Brewing Company’s, Bier Hall, located in Dayton’s ...
The Nebraska School Nurses Association (NSNA) was formed in 1973, initially as an affiliate of the Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA). We became affiliated with NASN in the same year and have been affiliated ever since. Today we have 150 members and celebrated our 45th anniversary last year! .It was our honor to have Nina Fekaris at our celebration. While Nebraska was not involved in the creation of NASN, we are proud of the fact that in 1981, one of our members, Helen Weber, RN was the Chair of the Professional Standards Guidelines Committee and authored a booklet for NASN called “Guidelines for a Model School Nurse Services Program.” Mrs. Weber is ...
Preceptorship is an opportunity that must not be underestimated.  As a nurse, one of our professional obligations is shepherding the next generation of nurses through their clinical training. It is an opportunity to model the heights of our profession, but it often dissolves into a much different experience for the students. As a school nurse and clinical faculty at Rutgers University-Camden, I have a great appreciation for preceptors and the importance of the student experience. This month, I have had the privilege of precepting a senior undergraduate nursing student who is completing her community health rotation in my school health office. It is an ...
The following announcement is posted on behalf of Lorraine Borek, MSN,MEd, RN, CSN-NJ President NJSSNA ******************************************************************************************************************************* NJSSNA is asking for your help. N.J. Legislative Bills A-4799 & S-3315 “Administration of Hydrocortisone Sodium Succinate in Public Schools for a student with Adrenal Insufficiency” is scheduled to be voted on this Thursday, February 21, 2019. NJSSNA does not support the self-administration of this medication due to the complexity of the management of the adrenal crisis and the administration process while a student is experiencing ...
NASN's Consortium of School Nurse Educators special interest group is now accepting nominations!   Learn more . #LatestNews
NASN School Nurse Editor, Cynthia Galemore, interviews Dr. Erin Maughan about her article "Breaking the Glass Cage: The Power of Data, Courage, and Voice." Learn more by listening to this podcast, reading the abstract to the article below, and reading the full-text article online A glass ceiling or cage is the notion that certain groups—mostly women or minorities—are held back, often due to their own beliefs. Yet there are limiting beliefs and actions that also put school nursing in a glass cage. This article explores five actions school nurses must take in order to break the glass cage holding school nursing back as a profession. #LatestNews
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In preparation for the March for Our Students on February 18th, the Oregon School Nurses Association is launching a viral campaign! Take a picture wearing red (#redfored) holding one of our signs and post it on social media. Don't forget the #EverySchoolDeservesANurse hashtag (and any other hashtags you'd like to include). If you are a teacher, parent, student, administrator please take a picture with the second sign and let us know who you are! Click on an image below to open, view and/or print the sign
Concussion has been a hot topic in the media for some time now.  As I’m sure many of you have noticed, the incidence of concussions seems to be on the rise every year.  My district had over 400 concussions documented last school year alone, and with statistics showing that many concussions are still under-diagnosed and under-reported, that value is likely a low reflection of the numbers.  Concussions present a unique challenge in the school setting, particularly when protracted symptoms are seen due to inadequate brain rest or improper treatment follow-up. I am excited to share with you this summer the steps that my district has taken to support students ...
From: Dr Garry Ladd Phone:   Email:   laddg@canisius.edu Greetings, I am interested in information regarding advertising a Master of Science graduate program in Community and School Health in your state school nurses association’s newsletter. I believe the degree would be of interest to some of your association members. I have had many school nurses from Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Illinois, Virginia, and elsewhere who have completed their Master of Science degree in Community and School Health through Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. The fully online program is designed for professionals with a bachelor’s degree and the appropriate ...
Maine Association of School Nurses History   Did You Know That: The first Executive Director of the newly incorporated NASN was Bev Farquar, a school nurse from Scarborough Maine and an early CFO from NASN, was Gloria Durgin. Scarborough became NASN’s “home” from the 1980’s to 2006 when NASN moved headquarters to Washington D.C. in 2006.   Did You Know That: Sharon Conley has been Web Master for NASN since the early Scarborough, Maine days and continues to work for NASN, while residing in Maine   Did You Know That: When NASN began there were approximately 99 school nurses in Maine in 1975, 318 school nurses in 1994, 325 school nurses ...
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Good morning to all, I want to share the vaccination mandate for summer 2019. The 2nd dose of the meningococcal vaccine will be a required for 16yrs old and/or 11th grade to enter in the public schools in Louisiana. I have attached important information that will be useful for your parents and district from the Louisiana Office of Public Health. BESE_01202019_Immunization_Rule.docx HB176_Leger_DOE_Letter_Dr__Gee__002_.pdf Immunization_Schedule_January_2019.pdf Memo_2019_Immunization_Schedule_01_07_19.pdf Sylvia Guidry-Brown, MSN, RN, CSN
This is a message from the Louisiana Department of Health Emergency Operations Center (LDH EOC) to share a Health Advisory on Measles cases being reported across the U.S., as well as focal outbreaks in several States. Please share and distribute with relevant stakeholders and partners through your own distribution channels. 02/07/2019 02:51:20 PM An increase in measles cases in the U.S. has been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although cases of Measles have not yet spread to Louisiana, we want clinicians to be on the lookout. Measles is still common in many parts of the world, including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, ...
NASN's Special Needs School Nurses special interest group is now accepting nominations!  Learn more .   #LatestNews
School nursing began in Minnesota in 1909. Miss Virginia Rice was the first school nurse hired to work in St. Paul Public Schools. At the time, many communicable diseases kept students home from school. Starting in 1959 as part of the Public Health Baccalaureate Nursing Program, the University of Minnesota offered a three-credit course “The Nurse in the School.” Minnesota mandated certification of school nurses, which included a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a public health certificate in 1961. A memorable year for school nursing in Minnesota was 1968. SNOM organized as a branch of Minnesota Education Association (MEA) with 71 members. Two school nurse ...
NASN is excited to offer again this year, in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), discounts on select titles in the ShopAAP online store. NASN members will use a special code at checkout to receive a 15 percent discount. Go to the NASN Affinity Partnerships web page and select ShopAAP to view or print the list of titles and discount code. #LatestNews ​
2018 Hall of Fame recipient Jane Henry and MSNA school nurses at the award event
The first photo is MSNA's Stephanie Coker, the Honorable Thomas U. Reynolds and Donnis Harris. The second photo is the MSNA team who attended the 2018 Capitol Hill event
These bears are meant to be imperfectly perfect. In our house, they have been accepted for who they are, with their differences embraced and their TFD message is being shared with many people our children come into contact with. -Think.Feel.Do. This is the message that tugged at my heart when I first came across Think-Feel-Do Sensory Bears through Twitter. In my preschool world, I just knew that these bears would find a home in some of my classrooms. I set out on a quest to find out how I could order them but did not realize until I connected with the creators that they come from the land down under, Australia! Another reason to love the ...

Your TSNO at Work for You

New Resource for Registered Nurse Delegation in the School Setting, thanks to our very own Laurie Combe.  Read the BON Bulletin here .
The Michigan Association of School Nurses (MASN) is one of the few affiliate organizations that is even older than its National organization!  MASN has a long history of school nurses coming together to promote the health of children.  As far back into the 1950s school nurses in the “Mitten” state were collaborating to promote the specialty of school nursing.  In 1959, at a national conference of School Health, a school nurse leader from Michigan even called an informal meeting of other school nurses from across the nation to discuss their thoughts on forming a specialty organization for school nurses! It was soon after that, on March 26, 1960, that the Great ...
Join NASN on February 7, 2019 for an educational webinar on data. This webinar will provide school nurses and nursing professions skills on how use data collection to communicate the amount of care that is delivered in schools and identify evidence-based interventions that will improve the health of students, families, and their entire school community. Register today and earn 1.0 CNE contact hours when you complete the webinar. #LatestNews ​
I’ve been a member of the MA School Nurse Organization (MSNO) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) since 2005.  When charged with the task of writing a blog about our state affiliate’s history, I wondered where to begin.  After speaking with a few members of the MSNO Executive Board, I was referred to two people that are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to remembering MSNO’s past.  Special thanks to Dorothy Keeney and Kathy O’Neill, retired School Nurses and long-standing MSNO members, for not only remembering key moments in MSNO’s history but recalling many important details.  It was interesting to discover that the National Education ...
NASN's Private, Independent, and Parochial School Nurses special interest group is now accepting nominations!   Learn more . #LatestNews
I am thoroughly excited to join our community of School Nurses.  I have a lot to learn as a new school nurse but am looking forward to the exciting new  experience!  Natasha McClure
Brandy Bowlen has transformed her school community by first taking a stand for her own health and well-being. This is not an easy feat for nurses. Eight years ago, when Brandy was a new school nurse, she found herself overwhelmed, overstressed and overweight. She became a warrior for self-care, connecting the importance that her professional persona would be most impactful if she presented herself as an example. Brandy shares her journey to wellness for herself and her school community. Think of her as the "Pied Piper of Health and Fitness," with students, staff, and families joining her on a journey to wellness. Brandy Bowlen's story is compelling, inspiring ...
NASN is now accepting nominations to recognize organizations or individuals who have continually supported or uniquely contributed to NASN, and to recognize an individual who has given outstanding service to NASN within the last five years.  NASN members are encouraged to submit nominations!  Deadline for nominations to NASN is March 1st.  Learn more. https://www.nasn.org/nasn/membership/current-members/awards-scholarships/recognition-distinguished-service-award #LatestNews
Funding for NASN Research Grants may be used for conducting the actual research, substitute stipends, applicant’s release time for purpose of the research, supplies, clerical assistance, travel expenses, or other appropriate expenses directly related to the research project. Research projects shall be completed within 2 years.  Learn more and access the application.   https://www.nasn.org/research/research-grants    #LatestNews
June 5 - 7, 2019 Conference information has been posted including a registration form.  Click here to learn more .
Working Together….to Get Around the Travel Ban!!! Ride Share     Room Share Check out these offers of transportation or room sharing to help folks attend the FASN Annual Conference February 8,9 in Orlando !!!  Interested folks please contact individuals directly. Post your needs below in comment
My adventures in blogging began with a 2-hour workshop led by Margaret Cellucci, NASN Director of Communications. Margaret skillfully laid out an introduction to the world of blogging that literally changed the course of my school nursing practice. Through this workshop, an introduction to blogging rekindled my relationship with writing. I had always loved creative writing, but that did not seem to fit into the technical skills needed for scientific writing, which was required for nursing. Or, so I thought... Blogging led me to be more active on social media, specifically Twitter. Virtual introductions on Twitter have led to actual relationships that have ...
Good Morning! I was hoping that I can get some information/advice/in-sight regarding School Nurses administering UDS's & Breathilizer to students in school.  Any feedback is much appreciated! Is there a current policy? Does any one practice this in their school? Thanks so much! Jane St John, RN, MSN, CSN Garfield Park Academy
NASN has released a request for proposal (RFP) for research projects that analyze existing school health services data.  RFP applications are due Friday, March 1, 2019 .  If interested, please review the RFP . Want to learn more? An informal webinar explaining the RFP will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 1PM Eastern.  The webinar will be recorded and made available on the NASN Research Grants web page.  Register today to attend this webinar . #LatestNews
The Journal of School Nursing February 2019 article "Helping With Meal Preparation and Children’s Dietary Intake: A Literature Review" is the focus of the latest JOSN podcast. Learn more about this article by reading the abstract below, listening to the author podcast and reading the full-text article . Most children and adolescents do not meet dietary recommendations that may result in poor diets contributing to obesity. This systematic literature review was conducted to examine associations between helping with meal preparation at home and dietary quality, intake of specific foods, and/or dietary-related perceptions among youth. A search of databases ...
Building Healthy Communities  requires collaboration with community partners by identifying resources, building bridges and breaking down barriers.  This blog is part of a series written by members of the Healthy Communities Strategic Committee describing how we have identified and created partnerships within our own state. Every day in school nurse offices across the nation, children come to us with needs that are obvious and some that are not as obvious.  These needs, often disguised as physical complaints or behavioral challenges, are often related to exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences, (ACES), traumatic experiences, including abuse and neglect.  ...
Meet the incomparable Chris Amidon, BSN, RN, NCSN. We met on Twitter, connected by the power of purpose. Chris's profile got my attention because of the intentional way she described herself. Chris shared what she believed in , what an inspiring introduction. This is Chris's Twitter profile description: I believe in: nursing, equality, public health & public ed. School nurse,  @ MomsDemand  &  @ lambdalegal  volunteer. Proud to represent  Indiana on NASN board. Chris stands for all of these things not only in words but in action. She volunteers tirelessly for those who are marginalized and she speaks for those who have no voice. ...
A 1997 study found that nurses were cited as sources in only 4% of health news stories. Twenty years later, a replication of this study found that nurses were cited as sources in only 2% of health stories in the same publications. Let’s reverse that trend and let our voice be heard. Speaking to the Public through Media: School Nurses as Media Makers is a webinar to better prepare school nurses as "Media Makers” able to address topics related to school health, child and family health and many myriad others. When: January 22, 2019, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern Learn more or register for this webinar ​. #LatestNews
Growing up in Sturgis, SD (motorcycle rally capital of the world!), I vaguely remember the school nurses coming into the elementary school. I do know that most were Community Health Nurses, who came around at designated times to set up immunization clinics. We received many of our childhood shots at these school clinics. I know we were not blessed to have a nurse at our beck and call. Any childhood conditions were either dealt with by families, or the students did not come to school because they were too fragile. If injuries happened, band-aids were available, and if it was beyond band-aids, kids either stayed and were miserable or went home. Fast forward ...
NJSSNA is pleased to announce that the 2019 Spring Conference Information/Registration site is open. Early bird registration with a discount is available now through February 15th, 2019. We listened to your feedback from last year and are proud to announce that CEUs will be provided this year!   7.75 CEUs will be awarded for attendance Friday and Saturday, 5.75 CEUs will be awarded for Saturday attendance. Our featured speaker for Saturday the 30th is Kevin Hines.    Conference information/registration can be found here .