Blogs and Announcements

NASN’s SchoolNurseNet is a fascinating place to see what is most pressing in our profession on any given day.  The listserv is filled with conversations about the challenges and opportunities in school nursing.  This past week, a very interesting topic was introduced by Donna Lyman, a school nurse from Baltimore, MD.  I have never met Donna personally, but she was the very first person who was kind enough to comment on the first blog post I wrote, so I have a special place in my heart for her!  This is what Donna wrote this past week: "I am often dismayed when speaking to Nurse Practitioners, Pediatricians, and Family Practice health care providers ...
NASN is a national partner in the initiative Expanding Partnerships and Disseminating HIV Prevention Materials to Reduce HIV and other STDs among Adolescents through National Non-Governmental Organizations (PS16-1603). The initiative is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health’s (DASH). It was created to increase education of key stakeholders on CDC-developed approaches to school-based programs for creating healthier adolescents (10-19 years old) by reducing HIV and STD infection.  The initiative's December 2017 newsletter features the article On Their Terms: Expanding PrEP Access for Young ...
The School Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice publication is now just $27.50 for NASN members! Order your copy today . #LatestNew
The honor of Fellow is the most prestigious recognition that members can receive from NASN. Nominate school nurses with superior achievement in the school nursing profession and exceptional contributions to NASN and the profession of school nursing for this honor. The NASN Fellows webpage has four forms to guide you through this process: Information & Fellow Application Directions, Nominee Information, Criteria & Activity Statements, and Initial Review Check-off List. Nominations are due by December 31st. Learn more . #LatestNew
HIMSS18 will take place March 5-9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. With its world-class education, ever-expanding exhibition, and exceptional networking opportunities, no other event brings the brightest minds in health and information technology together like HIMSS18. NASN is proud to endorse HIMSS18. As such, our members receive the member discount to attend! The early bird deadline is December 18th. Register today to receive the best rate to attend before prices increase. Learn more . #LatestNew
To assist you in your preparations, NASN has once again developed an Annual Conference Justification Toolkit . The toolkit includes event details and attendance rationale you can share with your employer. Currently, NASN is in the process of reviewing school nurse experts to share their expertise and determining the top workshops, breakout sessions, and exhibitors. We look forward to seeing you next summer at NASN2018 in Baltimore! #LatestNew
Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming difficult, if not impossible, to treat. On average, healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should. Learn when and how to practice hand hygiene and more . #NICE
The next DCSNA Spring membership meeting is TBA.
  First times are always memorable.  I remember the first time I gave an injection in nursing school.  My patient was an insulin dependent diabetic, I was a novice nursing student. My nerves got the best of me and just as I was about to give the injection, I dropped the syringe and it rolled under the hospital bed.  There I was in my white stockings, white uniform, nursing cap and blue apron scrambling under the bed to retrieve the syringe that wound up in the most unreachable place. The first time I taught a class at Rutgers-Camden in the School Nurse Certificate Program, I remember feeling light-headed and had to remind myself to breathe as class was ...
My school was called a Family School, PK – 8 th grade with a census of 900 students and me, the solo school nurse.  When asked to describe my day, I usually said it was a “chaotic ballet” with a mind-numbing number of students, staff, and parents spinning in and out of the health office.  It was fast-paced with moments of quiet before the storm that was a three-hour lunch period to accommodate all of the students.  If I made it through to 1:30 (when the final lunch ended) without calling 911, that was a good day. Our school is a public school, but one of the first in the city to adopt wearing uniforms.  At the time, there was only one other school that ...
The Journal of School Nursing  ( JOSN ) article, Life is Precious: Views of Adolescents and Their Mothers on Methods to Reduce Suicidal Behavior in Latinas , is the focus of the latest JOSN podcast. Learn more about this article by reading the abstract below, listening to the podcast, and reading the article online . Life is Precious (LIP) was developed to help reduce suicidal behavior in Latina adolescents. As part of an external evaluation of the LIP program, we conducted focus groups with adolescent participants and mothers to learn whether participants and families believe that the activities of LIP address risks for suicidal behavior. Four focus groups ...
Calm in the chaos has been my mantra for the last 17 years as  life in the School Health Office has become more and more challenging. The mantra reminds me to breathe through the unpredictable moments that can wreak havoc on my sense of inner peace.  All school nurses know that jolt of adrenaline mixed with rising cortisol levels that washes over us when the office door flies open and emergencies pile in seemingly on top of each other. The scenario is still seared into my mind because it was one of those, “you can’t make this up” moments that generally happen at the end of any given day.  I was relishing the quiet moments, getting ready to shut it down ...
In this first edition of the NASN School Nurse Chat , we highlight the anti-bullying program - Cut The Bull -sponsored by Shriners Hospitals for Children® that helps students become anti-bullying advocates. Listen to the podcast . #LatestNe
It was the LinkedIn profile picture of a woman flanked by two Muppets that drew me to read an article about Sesame Street in Communities , a relatively new educational arm of Sesame Workshop. I had never heard of Sesame Street in Communities and was eager to read about this new initiative.  The article, written by Jeanette Betancourt, was entitled: How can Elmo and his Sesame Street Friends Help Improve your Community’s Health?   I was compelled to reach out to the author to share my appreciation for the abundance of resources Sesame Workshop was providing through Sesame Street in Communities. My message included my work as a preschool nurse in an ...
The history of the Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Program (JJSHLP) began the summer of 1988 when the very first group of school nurses and administrators attended a week-long professional development program in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Since 1988, the program has admitted 900 school nurses and community partners from all over the globe. J&J Fellows are a proud group of school health leaders whose enthusiasm is contagious and allegiance to the program notable. When I first learned about the program in 2000, I knew that I wanted to participate in this powerful experience.  I was hungry for the high-level professional development that would ...
Consider nominating someone for School Nurse of the Year. The paperwork does take some time to complete and get letters of support. So, now is the time to start, get all of your information under the Membership Tab- School Nurse of the Year
There are 2 positions open; one at an intermediate school, grades 3, 4, 5; and the other is for a nursing supervisor with the office at Enfield High School. Applications can be completed at   Enfield schools.org/Human Resources/job postings . #EmploymentPostin
No matter how much planning we do, it seems like having an “uninterrupted” lunch is not in the cards for school nurses.  On one hand, that speaks to the necessity for having full nursing coverage in every school during every period.  On the other hand, sometimes we need a brain and body break from the chaotic ballet that traipses through our offices from morning until afternoon. One example, that I remember as clearly as though it happened yesterday, was during my “uninterrupted” lunch.  I usually stay in my building because sometimes it is the path of least resistance.  But, I do leave my health office and find a quiet space to clear my mind for at least ...
22nd Annual Conference School Nurses: Maintaining Balance as We Care for the Whole Child February 2-3, 2018 Learn more or register today
The latest NASN School Nurse podcast examines the article Educator Preparedness for Mental Health in Adolescents: Opportunities for School Nurse Leadership . Learn more about this article by reading the abstract below, listening to the podcast, and reading the article online . One in five adolescents will experience a mental health event in their lifetime. If left untreated, depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity, and anorexia/bulimia can elevate the risk of dropping out of high school. As a key principle of 21st-century nursing practice, school nurses must provide leadership in educating school staff in identifying and responding to mental ...
When refugee families arrive in southern California, one of the communities they find housing and safety is in the City Heights area of Central San Diego, which is also home to my school, Rosa Parks Elementary, that services nearly 80 percent English Language Learners. We not only want our students to find security and safety in our community, but also an environment that supports their health and well-being from the moment they arrive. As the nurse at Rosa Parks and chair of the school's wellness council, I want students, staff and families to know why it’s important to promote child health at school in order to enhance academic performance.  Our diversity ...
Research shows that healthy teachers and staff are happier and more satisfied. Educators are so focused on the needs of students; they don’t always take the time to take care of themselves first. This month, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation * and Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools ** are striving to flip that script with #Teachers TAKE5 , and School Nurse Organization of Washington is proud to support them. Why? Because to have healthy schools, we need healthy school employees. By taking just 5 minutes a day to focus on their own health, both in and out of school, educators can stay energized and reduce stress. Ready to get started? Teachers , ...
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. Let’s dig in to why that is! Related link: NASN Employment Center Membership Minute Video If you want the best school nursing jobs, it really helps to join NASN. Recently NASN's Jon Lemich spoke with Alicia Casucci, ARNP, CPNP, NCSN, about the value of NASN membership. Here's Jon's description of that conversation. I had a great conversation with Alicia via email about her role as Director of Nursing Services at Darien Public Schools. ...
Two years ago, Sesame Workshop, the educational arm of Sesame Street, launched Sesame Street in Communities to offer support, guidance, and tools to those working with our most vulnerable population, our children.  In the “About Us” description on their website Sesame Street in Communities they share their intention: “ Every day, you make a difference by helping kids and families grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Organizations like yours unite communities, foster families’ and kids’ resilience, nurture their physical and mental health and provide critical early learning opportunities. You’re an important part of the “circle of care” that surrounds ...
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Creating opportunities for school nurses to connect with other school nurses is important to NASN. From the NASN Annual Conference to the All Member Forum, NASN strives to create spaces and places for school nurses to come together. At the NASN Annual Conference this past summer, NASN even offered a chat room for school nurses watching from their home or office the general sessions we live streamed. Being able to “sit” in the same room with colleagues whether it be in-person or online can help minimize the isolation school nurses often feel in their work environment. If you are a school nurse who learns best in a classroom environment with a presenter ...
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired on September 30, 2017. Fortunately, both House and Senate have marked-up similar versions of a five-year extension of CHIP. The House version is called the CHAMPION Act, the “Community Health and Medical Professionals Improve Our Nation,” H.R. 3922, which includes community health centers, as well as CHIP. The House bill also provided an offset or “pay for” from the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Prevention Fund) of $6.36 billion. The Prevention Fund provides grants from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to every state and as well the District of Columbia and territories to fund prevention, disease ...
Dear Colleagues, I apologize for the delay in getting this update out to you.   Just days before the Senate hearing, Governor Christie announced appointments to fill the vacant positions at the Board of Nursing. The problems go beyond vacancies on the  board.  Long standing problems that have spiraled out of control include a chronic lack of professional staff which has far reaching consequences.  One example included the report that nursing programs that should have been closed due to a high failure rate on the licensing exam remain open because of the lack of a full time director of education.    Testimony lasted all day and the committee ...
A coordinated state approach can support the health and academic success of students with diabetes. Participants of this educational activity, recorded at a previous NASN annual conference, will learn about the challenges and successes of implementing a state-wide diabetes guideline. Learn more or enroll to earn 1.0 CNE contact hour .  #LatestNew
There is not one school nurse about to read this short piece that has not, at least once in his or her lifetime, considered whether to report suspected child abuse. [1]   And, from close personal experience, I know that doing so is one of the most difficult yet necessary things a school nurse gets to do. Mandatory Reporters :  Unfortunately, there is little uniformity among the states as to who is required to make such a report – in other words, who is the “Mandatory Reporter?”  One thing is for certain though, in a school setting, the nurse that reasonably suspects a child is a victim of abuse, is a “Mandatory Reporter.”   For example, in ...