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Even with the increase in vaccination campaigns, mumps keeps finding its way into school communities. Learn what to share with parents and keep yourself ahead. Outbreak-Related  Q & A for Patients Mumps Cases and Outbreaks For Healthcare Providers
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On March 6, 2017, Republicans in the House of Representatives introduced their healthcare legislation, ”The American Health Care Act” that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Almost immediately, the bill moved to the committees of jurisdiction, which are Ways and Means Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee. This bill as it is currently written would dramatically change Medicaid’s structure through a per capita cap which places a limit on the amount that a beneficiary may receive or a block grant which is a lump sum. Moreover, the cost-savings from the bill will come solely from reductions in Medicaid. On March 13, 2017, the Congressional Budget ...
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During the conference, the NASN Endowment is hosting two fundraising events, Purses for Nurses (a live auction and wine and cheese reception) , and the 2nd Annual 5K Walk/Run . Funds raised by the Endowment are used to support research about school nursing and the health of school-age children; fund grants that improve school nursing practice and school affiliated delivery of healthcare; and provide scholarships for school nurses seeking graduate degrees and/or certification in advanced nursing practice.                                      If you are looking for some fun and want to support the Endowment at the same time,       ...
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The California NASN affiliate, CSNO (California School Nurses Organization) welcomes you to California, "The Golden State" and San Diego,  "America's Finest City".   "The Golden State" has long been a popular designation for California and was made the official State Nickname in 1968. It is quite appropriate since California's modern development can be traced back to the discovery of gold in 1848 and fields of golden poppies can be seen each spring throughout the state. San Diego County also called the Craft Beer Capital of America has  more than 100 breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs. Four San Diego County breweries rank among the 50 largest craft ...
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The 21 st century school nurse is the first responder. Respond like one! Preparation is no accident, but accidents and emergencies do happen. Take your emergency response to the next level. Our change in practice requires change in preparation. New first aid guidelines released from American Red Cross and American Heart Association, apply to the school nurses practice. Understand the relevance to our role as the first set of medical eyes. See the guidelines for first aid during hypoglycemia, anaphylaxis, severe bleeding, and symptoms of stroke and a heart attack. These are all situations the school nurse needs the most current research for a positive result. ...
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During this webinar, Step Up! i nitiative leaders describe the results of the 2nd year of data collection and share examples of how the data can be used at the state and local area to impact practice and create change. This webinar was originally presented on January 31, 2017. Please listen in when you can
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The 2015-2016 Step Up & Be Counted! infographic has been released! The infographic details how an extraordinary number of school nurses across the United States have volunteered to Step Up and Be Counted! Before school nurses began their effort to collect school health data at the national level, school nurses were national data orphans even though several states collected robust data on school health. The current accessible bulk of national healthcare data focuses on information gleaned from services and procedures billed by health care systems, primary care and insurance claims. Since most school nurse care is not reimbursable, that unreimbursed ...
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The Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina hotel in San Diego, California is the NASN2017 conference hotel. It is located within walking distance of many sporting and entertainment events that you can go to immediately before, during, and after the conference, June 30-July 3, 2017. But best of all, it is on the Embarcadero , a path along the waterfront for walking, jogging, and bicycling with views of the Coronado Bridge and Island as well as the skyline of the city. (The hotel also provides rental bikes!) The hotel is also within walking distance of the Seaport Village for shopping and the Gaslamp Quarter for eating, drinking, and ...
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Medicaid in education is a hot topic, and a top legislative priority for NASN and school nurses across the country. School Medicaid may be the answer to support enhanced health services in schools to improve the health of students. Medicaid in Education: Innovative Ways to Leverage Resources for School Health Services is a breakout session scheduled for Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM at NASN2017 in San Diego, California. Through attending this session attendees will be able to: Better understand how the complicated School Medicaid Program functions. Know how to identify opportunities for reimbursement and additional funding for ...
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August 2016 Hopefully, this finds you all well and rested. I must say it has been a very busy summer for a good many of us. I wanted ADVOCAY to be a key focus for FASN during my tenure. Wow, I had no idea the stars would align and opportunities for FASN visibility would occur. I want to make it clear, when I speak of FASN; I'm speaking of and for school nurses within the state of Florida! You know when you find that special gem that you so want to share with others, that is how I feel about FASN. FASN is an organization that works on so many levels to promote, advocate, and support school nurses across the state of Florida. We are currently working to ...
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June 2016 Greetings all, FASN leaders and members are working it with social media. If you haven't jumped on the band wagon, now is the time to do so! We are tweeting, blogging, communicating via SNN, and utilizing the FASN website. Lisa Kern our affiliate director will be tweeting from national conference. Check her tweets at Lkern12. There are position statements up for revision and approval. The BOD will consider a new definition of school nursing that is grounded in the Framework for 21st Century School Nurse Practice Act. If you're not sure what the Framework for the 21st Century School Nurse Practice Act is, check it out on NASN. Advocacy, ...
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May 2016 Wow, May has arrived along with our Florida humidity. You still have time before the real heat hits to get outside and enjoy the wonders Florida has to offer. How many of you know of a county park and/or state park within your area? You might be surprised once you start looking. I've seen recent pictures on Facebook that included school nurses and their spouses out and about hiking, running marathons, and fishing, what a great way to relax and replenish your spirit. We've been encouraging our members for the last 2 months to get on-line, take a look at your FASN website and School Nurse Net. If you haven't done so, I challenge you, Just Do It! We ...
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April 2016 Your FASN board continues to work on behalf of its members. Our March meeting was a wrap for the 2016 annual conference, with conference chairs Janie and Marcy reporting. Trust me, when I tell you that every review is evaluated by your conference chairs, it's the truth. Your conference chairs and board are very committed to provide a conference that meets the needs of the majority. Every conference detail is evaluated with regard to member satisfaction and cost effectiveness. It is impressive to see the commitment by those behind the scenes. I would continue to encourage our members to check the website and SNN on a weekly basis. Lots of good ...
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March 2, 2016, Well, this is my first ever blog. I am so excited about all the things happening within FASN. I hope our members will take a look at our FASN website and School Nurse Net and browse through. Keep in mind; this will be an on-going process. We aim to keep things moving and updated. We would love to have feedback from our members. Our communications chair and committee have been working diligently these last few weeks. Your FASN website and School Nurse Net are prime examples. Communication within our organization is important to its success. Look for some teamwork between communications and advocacy; we have some dynamite members on board. ...
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On Saturday, February 6th [2016] at the annual FASN conference I had the privilege of being installed as your president. I wanted to share my acceptance speech with those of you who could not attend. My message: "I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things." ― Mother Teresa I'm delighted and most excited to serve as your next FASN president. FASN is your organization! Eleven years ago, I sat in awe as I listened and studied the women I so admired as FASN leaders. I knew early on, this was the organization that would help me to be a more credible, educated, and vibrant school nurse. You know when you ...
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May 2016 Happy School Nurse Day May 11, 2016! School nursing is an autonomous discipline creating many opportunities for diversity in practice focus. As school nurses identify areas of need in the communities they serve, they are tasked with finding creative, collaborative ways to make health services available to students and families. As an example of this diversity, we can look at the intensive outreach services provided by school nurses in Pasco County, Florida (my home!). School nurses there have applied the problem solving process to establish partnerships within their communities in order to improve students' access to healthcare. Here are some ...
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March 2016 I am privileged and honored to represent Florida school nurses as your NASN Affiliate Director. I was so pleased to see so many of you at our state conference a few weeks ago! A robust membership is vitally important to the work that we do in support of one another across the state. THANK YOU for your continued support of FASN! If you work with other school nurses who are thinking about joining, please take some time to explain the benefits of membership and encourage them to join! Here's 2 important items from NASN: Federal legislation in support of school nurses has been brought forward during this legislative session . Be sure to ...
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School nurses across the state gathered this past weekend in Orlando for the 21st FASN conference. The conference had its highest attendance ever, with 160 school nurses participating. The conference provided school nurses an opportunity to earn continuing education credits, enhanced time with vendors, and multiple opportunities for networking. I personally loved the announcement of our 2017 School Nurse of the Year, Margaret Polk. Her credentials speak volumes with regard to her professional and personal life. Margaret was featured on Bay News 9 and will be presented at the State Board of Education meeting on February 16th. Congratulations, Margaret! ...
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This is a challenge unique to Florida high school nurses only.... NASN is piloting Stats4Vax: Improving teen vaccination rates one school nurse at a time to help improve teen vaccination rateswhich are dismally low for some vaccines! Materials to help high school nurses promote vaccination are available on the NASN website . The challenge is for YOU to improve vaccination rates over the course of a year (one winner gets an all-expense paid trip to the NASN 2018 conference!!). Please complete the entry form before October 31, 2016 in order to be eligible. You will need to be able to report the number of students in your high school who have received: HPV, ...

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Keeping Our Kids Afloat Dear School Nurse, Panic set in when my son was diagnosed with diabetes at 9 years old. Chase required a new diet, a new language, and an unfamiliar medical regime. And what I was least prepared for was leaving him in someone elses charge. How could Chase go to school for seven hours without me watching over him? The compassion, ability, and sheer brilliance of Chases school nurse were a great comfort to me. She was available to Chase during all hours of the school day and already knew how best to care for him. Moreover, she took the time to assuage my anxieties, explaining his routine and a plan for emergencies. She educated teachers ...