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A Community Café is a structured conversation around a specific topic.  It is based on the premise that community members “already have within them the wisdom and creativity to confront even the most difficult challenges; that the answers we need are available to us; and that we are Wiser Together than we are alone.” (© 2015 The World Café Community Foundation.)  The gatherings that I call Community Cafés are based on the World Café Model of small group conversations.  They are created to promote community engagement and empowerment through the power and art of conversation.  In my work with this important model, families in Camden, New Jersey preschools ...
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You can help Texas School Nurses needing assistance after Hurricane Harvey- funding will go to school nurses who need assistance and refurbishing and supplying school nurse clinics and offices. Check out the site for more information.  TSNO Go Fund M
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Personal and professional goals sometimes supersede financial gain or salary bumps.  That is often my answer when colleagues ask me why I decided to sit for the NCSN exam. I am state certified through the New Jersey Department of Education, so it’s a reasonable question.  Goals, personal, professional or a combination of both, were my deciding factor.  Nurses LOVE credentials, our alphabet soup of accomplishments really means something.  Simply stated, I wanted to be able to proudly write “NCSN” after my name. Few of us like to take tests; it could be PTSD from nursing school and our boards.  There seems to be extreme reactions around the NCSN testing experience, ...
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Early-Bird Registration is September 5th through midnight, Monday, October 2, 2017                              Late Registration is October 3rd through October 27th.  The 2017 TSNO Conference theme, School Nurse: Leaders United in Advancing Children's Health, had been designed to provide many opportunities, aligned with NASN's Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice for School Nurses.  We hope to see you at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott ~ The Woodlands, TX   Click here to Register
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Many of you in the upper half of the state may be looking for a tangible way to help your fellow school nurses devastated by this storm. We have just begun receiving preliminary reports of damage to schools and clinics as well as personal loss to some of our members. We have no doubt that the damage reports will begin pouring in. We have begun a specific campaign to raise donations that can we can get to our nurses quickly through GoFundMe. Any amount is very much appreciated and will enable us to help more nurses than we could help alone. We are humbled and tremendously grateful to be a part of such a caring specialty. Texas School Nurse Relief Fund .

Harvey Devastation

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As Harvey continues to devastate southeastern Texas (especially Regions 2,3 & 4), with catastrophic, record flooding, TSNO sends our thoughts and prayers for your safety and the safety of your students & schools. Please let us know that you're safe and how this hurricane may impact school health services? Destruction of facilities? How you're getting started back up if there was damage? If you see more kids in clinics when school opens back up. Read the Houston Area School Closings article .
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The Back-to School TSNO Newsletter is ready.  In this issue: Solar Eclipse Protection Spinal Screening Photoscreening School Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice 3rd Edition School Nurse Administrators: Leadership and Management Professional Practice Documents Back-to-School Tool Kit TSNO Excellence in School Nursing Poster Presentation Stand Up & Be Counted Legislative Updates Awards and Scholarships National Immunization Month TSNO Annual Conference- Power of the Purse Book Club Break-out - From Silence to Voice Read the newsletter .
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Lice Notification Rule resources are now available in the member-only document library on this website. Access these resources .
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We are delighted to invite you to join Texas School Nurses Organization’s Annual Conference at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Conference Center; this year's theme is School Nurses: Leaders United in Advancing Children's Health . Register here .
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Stretching our wings as School Nurses is challenging.  Truthfully, unless your school district is decidedly progressive and forward-thinking, there is limited upward mobility in our career paths. I have come to understand that in order to grow I have to stretch out instead of up.  I was recently fortunate enough and honored, to be interviewed by an exceptional School Nurse scholar who was conducting research for her Ph.D.  She asked about “job satisfaction”, and that is where I first spoke about feeling like a “ caged bird .”  We were both taken back by the phrase, which led us into an unexpected path in our discussion. The impact of speaking my ...
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We all welcome a new school year on individual schedules. Many schools have already started for this school year, while others will begin in the coming days. May your membership to the state and national organization provide resources and supports to you and your school nursing practice. We hope that as we all practice in the 21st century, the NASN model will assist us. Starting the school year can be supported by the Back-To-School Health Office toolkit.  Another great resource is the interactive virtual health office found here . For those who are new to school nursing, please be sure to make connections with your Wisconsin Association of School Nurses ...
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Laurie G. Combe, MN, RN, NCSN President Elect National Association of School Nurses Hurricane Harvey has given the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast quite a week! After worrying that I had cancelled NASN travel without true cause, I learned differently very quickly. The rain that started slowly became incessant, causing the Houston airport to close for several days.  We kept watch over our streets, the TV, the river and creek gauges, our front door, hoping we would not succumb to flood waters. We checked with our friends to be sure they were safe. We responded to safety inquiries from friends around the United States.  Thankfully, our home is dry and ...
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Laurie G. Combe, MN, RN, NCSN President Elect National Association of School Nurses Hurricane Harvey   has given the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast quite a week! After worrying that I had cancelled NASN travel without true cause, I learned differently very quickly. The rain that started slowly became incessant, causing the Houston airport to close for several days.  We kept watch over our streets, the TV, the river and creek gauges, our front door, hoping we would not succumb to flood waters. We checked with our friends to be sure they were safe. We responded to safety inquiries from friends around the United States.  Thankfully, our home is dry ...
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Laurie G. Combe, MN, RN, NCSN President Elect National Association of School Nurses Hurricane Harvey has given the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast quite a week! After worrying that I had cancelled NASN travel without true cause, I learned differently very quickly. The rain that started slowly became incessant, causing the Houston airport to close for several days.  We kept watch over our streets, the TV, the river and creek gauges, our front door, hoping we would not succumb to flood waters. We checked with our friends to be sure they were safe. We responded to safety inquiries from friends around the United States.  Thankfully, our home is dry and ...
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From Sharon Conley, Web Based Technology Director at NASN. I just wanted to make you aware of the binder containing all NASN position statements and other professional practice documents. It is called the PPD Binder and you can find it on the NASN website at the link below. This is a handy resource to download and save to your computer. When you do this, make the "bookmarks" show and you will see an index. Each document is listed in the index. When you click on a document in the index, the binder will "jump" you to that document. Note that "bookmarks" only work if you download and save the binder to your computer. Also, remember that the binder is ...
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I love fresh fruits and vegetables and my students often comment on what I bring to school each day.  My school district is urban, challenging, complex and has limited supermarkets.  Corner stores and liquor stores outnumber food stores in every neighborhood. It is often called a food desert, void of fresh produce.  Green apples are my favorite, along with Pink Ladies and Red Delicious, to name a few.  One day, a student came rushing through my door as I was munching on a juicy, green apple. He stopped, forgetting what it was that brought him to the health office, and said: “what are you eating?” I was a bit surprised at his response when I told him ...
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In a news item released by the Governor's office on February 12, 2015, SNOW member Heather Graham is quoted. Heather and other health and education leaders joined the Governor in releasing new data about the use of e-cigarettes by 8th and 10th grade students. Learn more .
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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is advising people who are highly allergic to peanuts to consider avoiding products that contain ground cumin or cumin powder, because some shipments of these products have tested positive for undeclared peanut protein. Learn more
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  I usually love the fall, anticipation of cooler days, the beauty of the leaves changing, back to school excitement and all that comes with a new season.  That was true until the fall of 2009.  There are events that mark before and after periods when life is irrevocably changed.  In September of 2009, that moment came via the most unwanted phone call.  My father had experienced, what the doctor called a “life-ending event”.   The days leading up to and following his death are a blur, the impact remains 8 years later.  I took the allotted bereavement days, even though I was asked to return to school earlier because after all, it was the beginning ...
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There are so many times that I can recall when people find out that I am a school nurse, their response is “wow,  what a perfect job...you are off all summer”.  Well this summer was what most would consider my first summer off in many years; however, are school nurses ever actually off?    Recently, I wanted to take advantage of a gift certificate for a manicure and pedicure during my summer break that a student had given me at the end of the school year that came along with a thoughtful note.   I have never been to this particular salon before, but it was located right down the street from my school.   When I arrived, the owner was welcoming and held a friendly ...