Blogs and Announcements

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 http://sagenursing.sage-publications.libsynpro.com/webpage/category/Journal%20of%20School%20Nursing 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, ...
The School Nurse Administrator of the Year Award and Katheryn Etter School Nurse of the Year Award nomination forms and online portal are now open.  Nominations will be due February 28, 2019. Start thinking of a school nurse or school nurse administrator who you or your administration would like to nominate for one of these prestigious awards. The online portals can be found here:   AWAR
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 .
Congratulations to Sharon Springs, RN of Pascagoula High School. Sharon was selected as 2017 Staff Member of the Year
​​Congratulations to Diane Chaney, RN from the Pascagoula-Gautier School District. Diane was nominated and recognized as the 2017 Nightingale Nurse of the Year in a Non-Traditional Setting
Greetings Nurses, NASN's annual winter board meeting is being held in Washington, DC January 23rd-26th, 2016. I have been busy preparing for the meeting and scheduling appointments with Senator Cochran, Senator Wicker, and Congressman Palazzo. Please take a moment to review the 2016 Legislative Priorities on the NASN.org website. Piper Largent, NASN Director of Government Affairs, will be briefing the Directors on updates prior to our meetings on the Hill. I am looking forward to representing Mississippi as your Director. I couldn't be more proud of our progress in MS, however we need more school nurses to meet the needs of student's. There are 13 school ...
​I am currently assigned to the programs committee: This committee is tasked with reviewing and rating abstracts for the upcoming conference in June; reviewing, revising or retiring current position statements; creating new position statements based on current health trends.  Our committee is specifically looking at writing a position statement on prescription drug misuse along with a suggested Narcan (opiate antidote) school policy in the event of an overdose. Membership growth: NASN’s “Strength in Numbers” campaign is a marketing effort to promote new membership as well as reinstate lapsed memberships. This word of mouth campaign rewards current members ...
This content was shared on ​February 14, 2017 ​Good Morning School Nurses, Please take a moment and read the email below from Piper Largent, Director of Government Affairs for NASN, about making your voices heard during this 115th Congressional Session. It is vital for School Nurses to stay in the loop and be visible by advocating for access to healthcare for our students. Proposals to cut medicaid by block granting and per capita income is floating out there. We are the student's strongest advocates for healthcare policy change. During the NASN winter board meeting, I had the opportunity to meet with Senator Wicker and Senator Cochran's Legislative Assistance ...
The immunization bill died in the Senate today in the Education Committee. A special thank you goes out to Senator Gray Tollison from Oxford for not allowing it out of committee. Mississippi will continue doing what they do best-protecting its citizens from communicable disease. Written on March 22, 2016 by Diane Chaney, BSN, RN, NCSN Lead Nurse Pascagoula Gautier School District President, Mississippi School Nurse Associatio
House Bill 938 passed the house today and was submitted to the Senate. This bill allows medical exemption for vaccinations. However, it is not like what we currently have. This bill states that it can be on doctor's stationary from any doctor in the country and the school will have to accept it until the student graduates. Currently, only the state medical officer can make this decision. I am attaching the bill so that you can read it for yourself. The underlined portion is the changed part of the code. Please contact your state senator and educate them on the importance of immunization for our students. I shutter to think of the outcome if this bill is passed. ...
I am sorry to report that our bill HB 196 did not pass the House. It was presented on the floor of the House of Representatives and Rep. Currie did a wonderful job. I believe that we had the votes and that it would have passed if it had come to a vote. A member of the House tried to amend the bill so they recommitted it back to committee. Since the deadlline had passed to move the bills out of committee, this killed the bill. We will continue to work to pass this legislation. This is the farthest we have gotten in the process and we are becoming more knowledgeable in the legislative process. Many members put significant effort in getting this bill passed and ...
I have good news to report. HB 196 Representative Currie's bill to remove the certification cap passed out of committee yesterday. This is the only bill that passed out of committee of our three. The other two bills were double referred to Education and Appropriations. That makes it harder to get out of committee. I am not sure when it will go to the House floor but it will be before March 3. If you would all contact your representative and ask for their support of House Bill 196. Remember we should never cap excellence. Please let your voice be heard and let's #Removethecap. Be sure to thank your representative for their support of school nurses and the children ...
I am so excited to announce that we have three bills in the legislature. They are all to remove the unjust cap on school nurse certification. Currently, only 35 nurses can receive the certification stipend of $6000. Those slots are full now so the nurses currently receiving certification must have someone retire, or get out of school nursing before receiving the stipend. Totally unjust since school teachers, counselors, SLPs have no cap. There is one other cap on language specialists. I am asking that you ask your representatives and senators for support of these bills. HB 196 introduced by Rep. Beckie Currie from Brookhaven removes the cap on school nurses. ...
Building Healthy Communities is all about networking with experienced providers. As members of this strategic committee we challenged ourselves to create a blog post that details how we personally have identified and created partnerships within our own state. In particular, partnerships that improve student health and learning. Sharing my entry below with hyperlinks : We are blessed in Central Iowa to have an active Epilepsy Foundation Executive Director, Roxanne Cogil. She is passionate about making sure every school nurse has access to training and materials. We have co-presented at conferences, I sponsor continuing education credit for nurse training, ...
“ Taking Flight:  School Nurses Soaring to Improve Student Outcome s ”  ​ Early Bird Conference Registration Ends January 25, 2019   The Southwest Ohio Association of School Nurses is very pleased and honored to host again for the 46 th  Annual State Conference of the Ohio Association of School Nurses (OASN).   This year promises great speakers, exhibitors, and lots of  fun as we offer once again,  the “Balloon Drop” fundraiser as well as the “Magical Endowment Raffle”.  Whether you are new to school nursing, a seasoned school nurse or enjoying retirement, we will have great information for you that will be inspirational and ...
Elizabeth (Liz) Clark, MSN, RN NCSN is a school nurse's school nurse. Her leadership skills were honed as President of the CO Association of School Nurses. She served on the national level as the CO NASN Director, completing her term in 2017. Liz has a prominent presence on Twitter and uses the social media platform to elevate school nursing practice. Liz is a natural teacher and you can find her sharing the most recent peer-reviewed articles with colleagues to promote health and learning. A few weeks ago, Liz shared a story on Twitter about two kindergarten students whose lives were tragically intertwined through community violence. As we know, what ...
Last summer, I had the privilege of attending a fundraiser in which, I learned about heart-led leadership. Since that time, heart-led leadership has become the theme for our district. We started the year by defining that ALL Health Services staff are Heart Led leaders. A Heart Led Leader will change the lives of those they lead and work with, every student they serve and everyone they touch (Spaulding, 2015). Caring and love equal results. When we are invested in our students and each other we will have better results. All Health Services staff were given a heart- led leader button as a visual reminder of our they are leaders in our organization. It has been ...
For the past four decades, the mission of the Department of Health and Human Services, Healthy People Initiative, was to present overarching, science-based health goals for the upcoming decade. Healthy People was launched in 1990, with a focus at that time of decreasing infant and adult mortality as well as increasing independence among older adults (Green & Fielding 2011.) Over time Healthy People has grown in scope and expanded its reach. Healthy People 2020 included the following Leading Health Indicators (LHI): Access to Health Services Clinical Preventive Services Environmental Quality Injury and Violence Maternal, Infant, ...
Mississippi Celebrates 25 years!            The Mississippi School Nurse Association marked its 25 th anniversary this year, 2018.  Our official beginning was in 1993 with MSNA’s first annual conference in Natchez, MS.  The rest of the story is that our true beginning was also in Natchez, MS in 1988 where 6 Mississippi school nurses led by Martha Douglas met to band together.  Martha felt strongly enough about membership in NASN to pay the annual dues out of her pocket for this band of founding school nurses.  She was a visionary leader for school nurses in MS who is now celebrated with an annual Martha Douglas Memorial Scholarship funded by MSNA.   ...

Introduce Yourself

Introduce Yourself While networking at my first school nurse conference back in 1992, a school nurse leader gave me some advice. If you really want to do what’s best for children, you need to assess their needs, then go find out who can help them and introduce yourself. Introducing yourself to key stakeholders, whether they are legislators, school board members, local/state department of health leaders, universities, can be the start of a conversation that can help you achieve improved student health outcomes. These improved outcomes may be for an individual student or lead to systems changes for your school community and beyond. This advice has helped ...
NASN School Nurse Editor, Cynthia Galemore, interviews authors Tami L. Jakubowski and Tracy Perron about their article "Asthma Assessment in the School Health Office: Can They Stay or Should They Go?" Learn more by listening to this podcast, reading the abstract to the article below, and reading the full-text article online . The Assessment Refresher for School Nurses series will review the health assessment and interventions of common complaints of children in the school health setting, making it easier for school nurses to determine whether children should stay in school or be sent home. Initial topics to be covered include asthma and allergies, immunizations, ...
NASN School Nurse Editor, Cynthia Galemore, interviews authors Kenneth J. Friedman, Beth Mattey, and Faith Newton about their article "School Nurses Can Improve the Lives of Students With Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome." Learn more by listening to this podcast, reading the abstract to the article below, and reading the full-text article online . Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a chronic illness that is defined and diagnosed by its symptoms: extreme fatigue made worse by physical and mental activity, pain and decreased mental stamina, among others. A long-held, erroneous belief that ME/CFS is not a physiological ...