Blogs and Announcements

Administrator Leadership Styles and Their Impact on School Nursing Part II. A High-Performance School Nurse-Building Administrator Relationship Model  appears in the September 2018 edition of the NASN School Nurse . Learn more about this article by reading the abstract below, listening to the podcast and reading the full-text article online . There is a significant disparity in roles, responsibilities, education, training, and expertise between the school nurse and building administrator. Because of this disparity, a natural chasm must be bridged to optimize student health, safety, well-being, and achievement in the classroom while meeting the individual ...
The Journal of School Nursing October 2018 article "Moral Distress Among School Nurses" 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 full-text article . School nurses are well positioned to provide care to a diverse population of school-age children, but their role and work environment can present a variety of moral dilemmas leading to moral distress. The purpose of this study is to identify the moral distress level that exists in school nurses and to describe its relationship to common moral dilemmas and school nurse characteristics. Data were collected ...
Updated Director's Report Included Back_To_School_2018.pdf
The Ohio State University College of Nursing recently implemented a new certificate for school nurses who are interested in advancing their knowledge and education, as well as taking on a leadership role in their career. The online School Nurse Wellness Coordinator certificate consists of five courses that can be completed in as little as 12 months. Ohio State University is the first school in Ohio to offer this approved certificate program of preparation for the ODE School Nurse Wellness Coordinator endorsement so so don’t miss your chance to apply for this unique opportunity. Visit our website at  nursing.osu.edu/snwellnesscoordinator  to learn more
Jeanne Kiefner, The Retired, But Resourceful School Nurse:   Networking Works Recently my colleague, The Relentless School Nurse , Robin Cogan , posted an informational blog that gave a parent’s perspective to a confounding disease known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). The purpose of the blog was to teach all school nurses about the value of listening and looking at our kids.  This personal blog written by Kathy Ripple-Gilmour, a Cherry Hill teacher whose child has EDS, wrote this memorable phrase "when you hear hoofbeats think horses, not zebras."  She cautioned us to look for causes of the child's bruise or unstable joint because EDS ...
Recently my colleague , The Relentless School Nurse , Robin Cogan , posted an informational blog that gave a parent’s perspective to a confounding disease known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). The purpose of the blog was to teach all school nurses about the value of listening and looking at our kids.  This personal blog written by Kathy Ripple-Gilmour, a Cherry Hill teacher whose child has EDS, wrote this memorable phrase "when you hear hoofbeats think horses, not zebras."  She cautioned us to look for causes of the child's bruise or unstable joint because EDS is often hard to diagnose. Through that phrase, we learned that every child does ...
Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission Stakeholder Meeting Announcement You are invited to participate in one, or both, stakeholder meetings below to provide input on the School Nurse Delegation Advisory Opinion. Thursday, September 13, 2018   10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT Join by computer, tablet or smartphone https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/886957045   Quick system check:   https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check Join by phone Dial in using your phone: +1 (669) 224-3412   Access code: 886-957-045 Friday, October 5, 2018   1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PDT Join by computer, tablet or smartphone https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/369860125 ...
NASN has upgraded its website login. When you see the new login (image below), use the ' reset your password ' link to create a new password. You will be asked to supply an email address.  This MUST be the email address on file with NASN.   If you have questions or comments, please share them in the comment area below or email nasn@nasn.org.  An NASN staff person will respond if you have a question or need support. 1. Select "click here to reset your password." 2. Enter your email address --- use the one on file at NASN. Do NOT create a new account if the email address does not work. Contact NASN at nasn@nasn.org. 3. Check your email for a message ...
School is about to begin and for the first time in my 18 years as a school nurse, I am fearful to welcome another September.  I work in an urban district where community gun violence is sadly commonplace, but that is not my fear. I travel throughout the city from school to school where drug dealing is an open-air exercise, but that is not my fear. Emergencies are often solitary experiences because school nurses work independently, but that is not my fear. Families facing deportation from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is a stark reality and daily occurrence, but that is not my fear. I am fearful of September with students returning to schools ...
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A new movement was born out of a Tweet from a colleague that I have never met. The Empty Desk Project is the unofficial working name and our hashtag is #NoMoreEmptyDesks. We have a name, a plan to begin, and a vision for what we want to accomplish - all from a Tweet. Here is the message that began this new movement: Hi Robin, I enjoy your Twitter presence highlighting school health. I like Rutgers University’s placement of empty purple chairs around campus to promote intimate partner/ domestic violence awareness. I think brightly colored children’s desks would highlight our lost children. I think the sight of empty brightly colored desks would be evocative, ...
We have seen the ice bucket challenge, book reading challenges, and other social media challenges. This academic year, I invite you to participate in a different kind of challenge: The Outcome Challenge. What is it? How do you participate? Let me explain. Do you ever feel you need to defend your position and what you do? Do you need proof of school nurse effectiveness, but don’t have it. Several school nurses have asked me how to best articulate what they do. I often times get asked for data for school nurses to use. Data begins with you, the school nurse. Others have asked me how to calculate school nurse outcomes from their interventions. To measure or ...
Hello Everyone, ​ NJSSNA along with NASN gave me the opportunity to attend the 2018 NASN conference in Baltimore Maryland this past June through their millennial scholarship to incorporate millennial into their leadership academy.   The leadership academy focused on NASN’s vision that every student counts and the importance of data driven assessment to guide school nursing practice. In order to do this membership recruitment and retention is an important aspect of this vision. We discussed multiple ways that other organizations have incorporated to reach new and past members and how to strategically incorporate small guiding steps towards our overall mission. ...
Do you have a great idea or concept that you think NASN conference attendees would love to hear? The NASN2019 Annual Conference oral abstract submission site is officially open so consider submitting today! Review the call for abstract submissions and follow the guidelines provided . This site will close Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. #LatestNew
This year, SchoolNurseNet celebrates five years as the largest online community for school nursing professionals. Below is a glimpse into the community's milestones. Thank you for the diversity you bring to the community. Whether you ask questions, share knowledge or take the time to read the messages, you have made SchoolNurseNet a valuable resource for school nurses. Please leave a comment and tell us what you think of SchoolNurseNet. Click on the image to view or save the infographic. #LatestNew
The school nurse is your child’s Chief Wellness Officer! So first things first:  be sure your school has a school nurse in your child’s building every day. If not, there are 55 million reasons to have one. School nurses have access to 95% of our nation’s 55 million children every day, all day. We are the dedicated, licensed health professionals in your school community, whose eyes and ears are an extension of yours. The history of school nursing goes back more than 100 years, to the tenements of New York City, when Lina Rogers Struthers became the first school nurse. She was assigned to cover 4 schools with over 10,000 students as an experiment ...
The Marfan Foundation has released the webinar How to Work with Your School Nurse. Kathleen Rose, former NASN Director, and mother of a child living with marfan share information, insights, and practical tips. Listen to the webinar recording. #LatestN
Futures Without Violence developed this infographic with input from members of NASN and school nurses serving on the NASN Board of Directors. Promote resilience and avoid re-traumatization by understanding how violence impacts child development. Click on the image to see the full infographic. #LatestNe
OSHNA? What state is THAT? Understandable. Even expected. OSHNA (which stands for Overseas School Health Nurses’ Association ) is an affiliate of NASN and has been an around since 1976. Following WWII, the Department of the Army established the first dependents schools in 1946 in the occupied countries of Germany, Austria and Japan. Within three years, there were nearly 100 schools which were operated separately by the Army, Navy, and Air Force, in countries around the world. In 1964, the Secretary of Defense combined the three separate school systems into the Department of Defense Overseas Dependents School System (DoDDS). OSHNA started in 1976 as an ...
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August 7, 2018    Vaccines should be on the K-College back-to-school checklist!     August seems  like an odd time to say summer's almost over, but for many  Ohio schoolchildren and college students, it's true.     Healthcare providers, parents and guardians, and school officials are  prepa ring for the upcoming school year and double-checking Ohio's vaccination requirements for students headed back to class.         We were able to spend some time recently with Joan ...
From kindergarten to college, back-to-school preparations should include vaccinations Members of the Immunization Advocacy Network of Ohio (IANO) encourage parents and guardians to review their child’s health records and schedule appointments for any needed immunizations. Vaccine providers are warning parents and guardians that waiting until classes start could make it difficult to make an appointment with their child’s pediatrician or primary care provider.  “The amount of time a student spends in the classroom is directly linked to their academic success. Unfortunately, preschools, schools and colleges are ideal settings for disease ...
#NASNat50 The history of school nursing has not been studied enough in a formal, scholarly manner. We have been so busy "being" school nurses that we have not devoted sufficient time for institutional self-reflection. Developing the specialty practice of school nursing has been our primary focus for the past 50 years since the inception of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN).  But, preserving the history of school nursing is as important as expanding our practice. School nurses play an integral role in post-WW2 American nursing history according to Dr. Cynthia Connolly, Nursing Historian & Scholar of The Barbara Bates Center for the Study ...
Scholarships are now available for the Florida Association of School Nurses 23rd Annual Conference.  ALL school nurses are invited to apply for this special offer; membership is not required.  This special event will be held at the Florida Hotel in Orlando,  February 8-9, 2019.  Click_here_for_application_.p
On Tuesday, September 4th, NASN’s computer system upgrade you will be complete.  Website forms we temporarily closed on Friday, August 10th, will re-open. As a result of the upgrade, when you visit the NASN website next week, you will be prompted to re-set your password.  An email will be sent providing you with more instruction. The upgrade is part of NASN's ongoing dedication to continually improve services provided to members and other customers.  We have a whole new look for areas of the website we are calling my.nasn.org.  This area contains new forms and tools to manage your NASN account and membership. Thank you for your understanding and patience ...
As you may recall, Terri Sjodin, the opening keynote speaker at NASN2018, mentioned 9 presentation mistakes to avoid.  If you are interested in a list of these or follow-up research and information, read or take her Sales Presentation Mistakes Research Survey ; the survey closes August 10, 201

Conference Photos

Did you take a selfie at NASN2018's photo "booth?" Check out this link for 500+ selfies https://fotoshare.co/i/2bbx9a6 And, don't forget this link to photos from the endowment fun run/walk, the awards reception, and the annual meeting http://www.joelunaphotography.com/-nasn2018.html A big thank you to Joe Luna, the person behind the camera
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 August 2018 newsletter features health education resources, success stories, and upcoming events.   ...
I saw that the children's Wisconsin Health Alliance has complied a list of coupon offer and has a RX assistance program for commonly RX Asthma medications. Doe anyone know of any type of programs similar to this that is offered in Pennsylvania ? Connie Mercik, CSN, MSN, BSN, RN Windber Area School District Windber, PA
A brief History of Nursing in Utah   In 1827, St. Mark’s Hospital opened in a small adobe structure in Salt Lake City. It had six beds and one doctor and not surprisingly for the time, all-male nurses . By 1873, the hospital had treated 116 patients, primarily miners and smelter workers. By 1879, it had served 2,000 people. It was also in that year that a larger hospital was built with double the bed capacity. In 1893, the hospital moved to a newly built $20,000 complex, gaining an operating room, a "drug closet" and 35 beds.    It was impossible to encourage nurses from Eastern schools to come to Utah, so in 1894, the St. Mark’s School of Nursing was ...