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The promises of a new school year are beginning to bubble up to the surface once again.  As I start my 17 th year as a school nurse, 33 rd as a nurse, I marvel at the speed these years have flown. One of the beauties of school nursing is that we get to hit a reset button at the beginning of a new school year. So, here we are again, as the calendar inches closer to the opening day of 2017-2018.   I am sitting in a space of anticipation, a mixture of excitement and anxiety. There are challenges ahead, some known, some unknown, hence the anxiety. But I heard once that if you didn’t feel nervous about a new challenge, then you don’t care.  So, we care, ...
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The following scholarships are available from NASN.  The deadline for application is October 15, 2017. Scholarship Enables RNs Employed in Schools to Advance Their Education NASN members pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree may apply for the RN to BSN Education Advancement Scholarship.  Learn more . Scholarship Funds Post Baccalaureate Certification or Graduate Degrees NASN members pursuing a post baccalaureate certification or graduate degree may apply for the Endowment Education Scholarship. Learn more . Scholarship Provides Funding to Participate in an Advocacy Education Program NASN members seeking financial support ...
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NASN is seeking abstracts that support the NASN2018 learning outcomes and incorporate learner-centered strategies. Learn more
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On July 28, 2017, the Senate’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) failed by a vote of 49 to 51. For now, repeal of the ACA with its fundamental changes to the structure of Medicaid, as well as major cuts to the program, is off the legislative table. The Senate wrote its own version of a healthcare repeal bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) which was a companion bill to the House bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Both these bills would change the structure of the Medicaid into either a per capita cap or a block grant. Medicaid is a federal-state partnership with the federal government committing to covering a certain amount of ...
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I recently spent three days in an intensive training to become an instructor in Youth Mental Health First Aid.  Mental Health First Aid for youth and adolescents in emotional distress is a course that originated in Australia.  The goal is to train 1,000,000 Mental Health First Aiders to gain the skills to provide comfort and care until professional help arrives, much like First Aid/CPR training.  Here is a link to explore: https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/   The story I want to share is about Megan, who sat at my table during this intensive 3-day training.  Megan is a young teacher who on the surface seemed to not have a care in the world. ...
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August 2017. To my dear fellow Louisiana School Nurses, I am excited that school is getting ready to begin again!   My hope for each of you is that your school year will be filled with joy, positive experiences, enrichment, and personal fulfillment.    Each of you has the opportunity to be a positive influence on the students and staff under your care.  You control how you choose to advocate for school health, your students, and your own personal job satisfaction.   My school, DeRidder High, has a saying which I appreciate, "Make it a great day or not – the  choice is yours."  We always have room to improve in the various aspects of our lives.  Change ...
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Read more about this new law that allows schools to set up programs for stock naloxone for anyone (students or others) who appear to be experiencing symptoms of an opioid overdose. https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/related/acts/29.pdf
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As I entered my school the other day to get a jump on some work before the school year starts, I noticed the polished floors and freshly painted walls just waiting for our students to arrive.   I glanced into one of our 5 th grade classroom and noticed all the new tennis balls that were carefully placed on the legs of the chairs to protect the newly waxed floors.   All at once, the words of my friend and colleague, Robin the Relentless School Nurse, came to mind, “When you identify that ‘thing’, I promise time will magically appear.  The work is in choosing, consciously deciding that our work is beyond the tasks that can overwhelm us… first, you do need ...
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Hear about an article in the August issue of The Journal of School Nursing  by listening to the newest JOSN podcast. The article, Milk Options Observation (MOO): A Mixed-Methods Study of Chocolate Milk Removal on Beverage Consumption and Student/Staff Behaviors in a Rural Elementary School  is described below in the article's abstract. Listen to the JOSN podcast to learn more from the author and then read the article online. Abstract: Providing flavored milk in school lunches is controversial, with conflicting evidence on its impact on nutritional intake versus added sugar consumption and excess weight gain. Nonindustry-sponsored studies using individual-level ...
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Antibiotic Use in the United States, 2017: Progress and Opportunities is a publication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  It highlights the progress the United States has made toward optimal prescribing and use of antibiotics in human health, and identifies opportunities for improvement. Additionally, it includes information about the current status of antibiotic use in healthcare settings and highlights programs and resources to support stewardship. View or download report

Antibiotic Awareness

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Redefining the Antibiotic Stewardship Team: Recommendations from the American Nurses Association/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Workgroup on the Role of Registered Nurses in Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Practices This white paper outlines how nurses can optimize antibiotic use and provide safer, better patient care.  Get Smart About Antibiotics A web page from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventio
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Don't forget about this event scheduled for Aug 23 - 24, (CT) in Amite. Learn more .
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The School Nurse’s Role in Behavioral Health of Students Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that registered, professional school nurses (hereinafter referred to as school nurses) serve a vital role in promoting positive behavioral health outcomes in students through evidence-based programs and curricula in schools and communities. Behavioral health is as critical to academic success as physical well-being. As members of interdisciplinary teams, school nurses collaborate with school personnel, community healthcare ...
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  I work in the summer at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ where I am faculty in the School Nurse Certificate Program. One of the courses I teach is a 5-day intensive class about Health Education.  During the school year, I am also a full time School Nurse in Camden and have been for 17 school years.  One of my most cherished outcomes of being a School Nurse is running into students and families years later.   This summer, during my class, I was having technical difficulties and called the Rutgers IT department for assistance.  They are a very responsive group and sent over someone to troubleshoot the problem.  I was teaching my class when in ...
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As we all know, there is never enough time in our professional life to do all of the things we want or need to complete.  Just when we have all of our charting done, our screenings done and our school nurse tasks completed, the school year is over! But our work is far beyond completing all of the thousands of tasks that await us each school year.   Sometimes we get caught up in the tasks and assignments but lose sight of the bigger picture, the wide-angle view of our real purpose. That is where our real work begins, in our purposeful choosing of where we will spend our efforts outside of completing tasks. Somehow reframing our focus frees up time when ...
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   My newest student was 17 years old and in 8 th grade.  Let that sentence sink in for a moment and feel the impact of what this student’s experience must have been like for him.  Needless to say, the challenges he faced were massive and the support available to him very limited.  Pipeline to prison was a phrase that seemed to follow him.  But there was one day that I found a place of vulnerability, space where I could offer a safe place for this student to land.  How this student came to our school in the middle of the year with little known about his past was one issue.  Being 17 years old, over 6 feet tall with a huge tattoo covering the side of ...
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Seventeen years as a School Nurse in Camden, New Jersey has given me plenty of opportunities to meet families from many countries.  There is one mother and son that stand out in my recent experience that speaks to the power of respecting our families’ cultural perspectives.    There is a part of Guatemala where the commonly spoken language is Mam, a Mayan Indian dialect that is not commonly found in Camden.  One of my parents and her preschool age son found themselves resettled in Camden from this region.  Spanish was this mother’s second language, and extremely limited at that, so communication, even with a Spanish-speaking translator was ...
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Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child: Implications for 21st Century School Nurses Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that the registered professional school nurse (hereinafter referred to as school nurse) be knowledgeable about and participate in the implementation of Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) approach in the educational setting (ASCD & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2014). The WSCC approach combines and builds upon the Coordinated School Health (CSH) model and ...
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Students with Chronic Health Conditions: The Role of the School Nurse Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that to optimize student health, safety, and learning, a professional registered school nurse (hereinafter referred to as school nurse) be present all day, every day. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on School Health (2016) highlights the important role school nurses play across a child’s continuum of care and recommends that every school should have at least one nurse. The Every Student Succeeds Act ...
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The Role of School Nursing in Telehealth Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that utilization of telehealth technology may be a valuable tool to assist registered professional school nurses (herein referred to as a school nurse) to provide school health services. The health of many students is impacted by lack of access to primary care and specialty services due to health disparities caused by poverty and other social determinants of health. Technology and telehealth can assist the school nurse in addressing these ...