Blogs and Announcements

Meet the candidates before the NASN election begins.  In this year’s election, NASN members will choose a president-elect, a secretary/treasurer and a nominating committee member.  Please take the time to participate in the process.  Help NASN choose the leaders who will help carry the school nursing message and NASN mission forward.    Learn more about the candidates now . #LatestNews
INDIANA SCHOOL NURSE OF THE YEAR Patricia Cunningham, MSN, MBM, RN, was presented with Indiana's School Nurse of the Year award at the NCAA Headquarters in Indianapolis recently. Pat is the school nurse coordinator for Merrillville Schools. Pat describes herself as "very passionate when it comes to nursing, teaching, and serving the community. I love school nursing, but I love my students more. I consider my vocation as more than a job or a career; I consider it a ministry." She adds, "I do not see my students where they are today; I see my students as how they will be in the future--nurses, doctors, layers, and teachers." She loves former Surgeon General ...
2019 NESNC “Growing Your Knowledge” May 3-5, 2019 in Burlington, VT! Registration will open February 1st, 2019 on the VSSNA website ( www.vssna.org ) Download flyer for full details #ASNCNews
To close out our NASN2018 conference recording offerings, we bring you  The Principal and the School Nurse: Building a Culture of Health  to give you a closer look into the school nurse and school principal professional working relationship. Learn the strategies needed to build and sustain a collaborative working relationship, learn conflict resolutions tips, and ways to develop an interdisciplinary approach to student health that will positively impact your school community. #LatestNews ​​
The Journal of School Nursing (JOSN) December 2018 article "Medication Management in Schools: 2015 Survey Results" is the focus of the latest JOSN podcast. Listen to the podcast and access the article #LatestNews ​​
Meet Christian and his teacher Lisa Wallenburg Several months ago, Kendrea Todt, a nurse educator from Tennessee, responded to a post that I wrote on Twitter. It was about an article documenting the 26,000 school-aged children who have died by gun violence since 1999. Kendrea had a vision for a public awareness campaign that would use art as a form of social activism to represent the forced absences left from gun violence. Her vision included brightly colored children’s desks to represent those lost to gun violence. Here is Kendrea’s original message: Hi Robin, I enjoy your Twitter presence highlighting school health. I like Rutgers ...
Oh No! One Of My Students Has Head Lice! is an article by IASN immediate past president Leisa Prasser. This is a good back-to-school share on how teachers can partner with school nurses. Find this article in the Fall 2016 issue of Kappa Delta Pi “Teacher Advocate” magazine
NASN’S Back-To-School Toolkit is here! It’s interactive and chock-full of resources and programs!  Visit NASN.org for this toolkit
Noblesville West Middle School nurse explains bond after saving shooting victim Ella Whistler --- listen to and read this story
2017-2018 Award Recipients 2017-2018 Indiana School Nurse of the Year: Julie Collings of Floyd County-New Albany Schools  Julie Collings with her parents and husband. 2017-2018 Indiana School Nurse Administrator of the Year: Teresa Stengel of Greater Clark County Schools. Teresa was unable to be present at the award celebration because her daughter went into labor earlier in the day.  IASN’s Andrea Tanner presented Teresa with her award at a school board meeting in December. Teresa Stengel with her family including the new baby! 2017-2018 K. A. Coffman Award Recipient: Lisa Robertson of the Indiana Immunization Coalition. ...
Did you miss the opportunity to attend the 50th Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland this summer?  Don’t worry!  NASN has you covered! NASN partnered with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) to support development of skills and knowledge required by the school nurse to identify environmental triggers and implement evidence-based environmental interventions to effectively manage and improve health outcomes for students with asthma. Learn more about this educational activity . #LatestNews
Data is powerful: Harness that power to improve students’ health   When school nurses aim to create healthy environments for students and faculty, data is necessary to make changes to school policies and the school environment.  However, the health and chronic conditions of the children who attend school each day is not collected in any national government or non-profit data sets (Bergren et al., 2016). The Department of Education collects limited health data on students who have Individualized Education Plans and for students who qualify for special education. Health information is collected in billing records for children who are hospitalized or who see ...
Great ideas can start with one Tweet! April 28, 2018,   Tonja Frank , aka School Nurse T sent this tweet asking “Who wants to have a #schoolnursechat? Let’s share our experiences. Who’s in?” It was a tweet heard through the Twittersphere and before we knew it, the #SchoolNurseChat was born. The original pioneers with me in this adventure were Tonja,   Lisa Kern , and   Chris Amidon , all colleagues who connected through the magic of social media. A  Twitter chat  is a public  Twitter conversation  linked together by using a unique hashtag (#). Ours is   #SchoolNurseChat . This hashtag allows you to follow the discussion and participate in the fast-paced ...
Wonder about improving the health and safety of students with epilepsy? In a recent webinar, Angela M. Lepkowski, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, reviewed how the school nurse provides high quality care of students with seizure disorders in order to improve the health and safety of students with epilepsy. A recording of the webinar is available now.  Discover how to optimize student care plans including seizure action plans, understand the importance of interdisciplinary care coordination management, and learn how to handle rescue medication administration at school and key tips on how to maximize student ...
NASN is the premier organization representing the interest of the registered school nurses.  NASN advances the school nursing profession through advocacy, professional development and leadership.  And, while a lot of the time we are focused on moving the profession and school nursing practice forward as a whole, we do offer plenty of opportunities for you to advance individually as well. Today’s post is a rare behind-the-scenes look at what school nursing services directors look for in a candidate. The short version? If you want the best school nursing jobs, it really helps to join NASN.   Recently NASN's Jon Lemich spoke with Alicia Casucci, ARNP, ...
The School Nurse Association of North Carolina held its first meeting in June of 1992 and unified with NASN in 2010.  Our membership continues to grow yearly, and we are currently over 600 members strong.  We work with the North Carolina Nurses Association each year to have a Nurses Night at the Legislature, followed by a School Nurse Day at the Legislature the next day.  In the past, we have lobbied to get nurses paid on a higher scale, and  we currently working to get a School Nurse Study Bill released which shows the need for more school nurses in North Carolina. North Carolina School Nurses are very fortunate to not only have a State School Nurse Consultant, ...
printable version For Immediate Release October 26, 2018 Contact: Margaret Cellucci, Director of Communications National Association of School Nurses mcellucci@nasn.org / 240-247-1628 @schoolnurses NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL NURSES ACCEPTED INTO FORBES NONPROFIT COUNCIL Forbes Nonprofit Council Is an Invitation-Only Community for Chief Executives in Successful Nonprofit Organizations (Silver Spring, MD)– The National Association of School Nurses (NASN), based in Silver Spring, Maryland, a non-profit specialty nursing organization representing school nurses exclusively, has been accepted into Forbes Nonprofit Council, an invitation-only ...
As school nurses we connect every day with our students and the greater school community – teachers, parents, administrators, counselors, social workers, etc. – to provide valuable health resources, information, and to answer questions. The challenge is, who will do the same for us? Where can we go to increase our knowledge, bounce an idea off of someone, or share feedback? NASN knows the potential for isolation that can be inherent in the school nurse work environment, and knows how important it is for school nurses to connect with one another across a variety of platforms. The NASN All Member Forum is open all day, every day, and is an incredibly ...
It’s that time of the year, school is well underway, football season is upon us, pumpkin spice lattes are abundant, and the election is just a few weeks away. This is a perfect time to get to know your elected officials and candidates for office. It’s really easy because they want to get to know you too -- after all, you are a voter. Candidates and elected officials make it easy to meet them; they are at farmer’s markets, high school football games, malls, parades, fall festivals, or just about any place where there are large groups of people. It can be intimidating, but don’t be shy, simply go up and introduce yourself. Tell them you are a school nurse, ...
NASN’s new Seizures Guideline, available free of charge, assists school nurses in providing high-quality care to students with seizure disorders. "Students with seizures and epilepsy experience complex and unique issues in the school setting due to the unpredictable nature of seizures, medication delegation barriers, knowledge deficits, and lack of daily school nurse presence (Hartman, et al., 2016)." This Guideline is based on the most recent and highest quality evidence available. The Guideline is a decision-making tool to help improve the health and safety of students with seizure disorders, but is not intended to replace application of nursing judgment. ...
If you missed the opportunity to attend NASN's 50th Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland this summer, do not worry! NASN has you covered! NASN is offering six courses created from sessions that were presented at the conference.  All were highly attended and addressed thought-provoking topics impacting school nurses today. Learn more about these courses. #LatestNews
From: Sarah Pham Phone: 225-907-8284 Email:  louisianastate.outreach@ campkesem.org Greetings, My name is Sarah Pham and I am writing to you on behalf of Camp Kesem Louisiana State University to let you know about a unique resource we offer to children whose parents have been diagnosed with cancer. Camp Kesem LSU will offer its first annual camp in summer 2019 which will be open to campers throughout the state. Our camp is offered free of charge, and is open to any 6-18 year old who has or had, a parent or primary caregiver with cancer. We are one of over 100 active Camp Kesem chapters throughout the United States, and our program is staffed by student ...
Why every school needs a full-time registered nurse is an article published on May 19, 2014 by The Truth About Nursing, a non-profit organization increasing public understanding of the central, front-line role nurses play in modern health care. #IASNNe
Grounded in the skills and competencies required in NASN’s Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice TM , the NASN Learning Center offers members education, resources and tools they need to provide evidence-based, quality care to help their students be healthy, safe and ready to learn. As a member benefit, most of NASN's online CNE activities are available free of charge to NASN members. Activities are typically one hour or less. NASN does offer several longer activities that are free of change or at a discounted rate. All-in-all, there are over 50 hours of free CNE available to members on the NASN Learning Center; representing $1,000 in ...
"Don't be left out!!!  Registration  for  The 23rd Annual FASN Conference February 8,9, 2019  is now OPEN !! We want to see YOU  there!!!  Online registration  using a  credit card  is available below. Your receipt will be automatically generated. https://floridaassociationofschoolnurs.regfox.com/23rd-fasn-annual-conference-february-8-9-2018   There is also a link  if you prefer to  print, complete, enclose a check, and mail your registration. Register by mail.   Please complete the registration form carefully to ensure all needed information is included. Registration for discounted rooms at the Florida Hotel and Conference ...
The VSP Global® Eyes of Hope® charitable programs have donated over 1.3 million pairs of eyeglasses to adults and children in need --- and 400,000 of those were the direct result of NASN members helping students.  NASN members have a chance to help reach the goal of donating another #MillionMore by 2020. VSP Global's® Sight for Students®, an Eyes of Hope® gift certificate program  [ this links requires a login ] ensures that adults and children in need, including those affected by disaster, have no-cost access to quality eye care and new glasses through a local VSP network doctor.  NASN serves as a community partner for the program, which means that NASN ...
Scholarship Enables RNs Employed in Schools to Advance Their Education NASN members pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree may apply for this scholarship now through November 15, 2018. Scholarship Funds Post Baccalaureate Certification or Graduate Degrees NASN members pursuing a post baccalaureate certification or graduate degree may apply for this scholarship now through November 15, 2018. Scholarship Provides Funding to Participate in an Advocacy Education Program NASN members seeking financial support to participate in an advocacy education program may apply for this scholarship now through November 15, 2018. #LatestN
NJSSNA is happy to announce Marie Sasso BSN,MEd, RN, CSN-NJ as our new executive director effective October 1, 2018.  Mrs. Sasso has worked as a certified school nurse at Lakeview School in Denville until her retirement in 2016. She was actively involved in the Morris County School Nurse Association serving as President in 2004.  She is regarded as a resource and mentor to many school nurses and has presented on topics such as Substitute School Nursing, Nursing Services Plan and Individualized Health Care Plans. Mrs. Sasso earned her BSN from Seton Hall University and her MEd.from Cambridge College. Her experience outside of her school nursing practice includes ...
NH School Nurses:  Leading, Advocating, and Educating The New Hampshire School Nurses’ Association is one of the oldest school nurse organizations in the country.  Officially formed in 1934, New Hampshire school nurses have been serving in NH schools since the early 1900’s.  From the beginning, NH school nurses have successfully worked with teachers and administration to advocate for better health and better learning.  NH is a small state with only 1.3 million residents, and yet there are approximately 550 nurses that work in almost every public school in the state.  Almost half of these nurses belong to the NH School Nurses Association and help the organization ...
Many blog readers know that my niece Carly is a survivor of the Parkland shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. You may know that my father also survived a mass murder, and like Carly, hid in a closet until the police arrived. Almost 70 years separated the two tragedies. Our guest blogger this week is my sister Merri, Carly's mom.  Merri shares her first-hand account of what happened the afternoon of February 14, 2018, when Carly sent this text, “Mom don’t freak out but we are on a code red, there is an active shooter on campus.  I think it’s real.” Recent blogs have featured the voices of parents, sharing their lived expertise. I am so proud ...