Blogs and Announcements

The goal of a June 2018 article in The Journal of School Nursing ( JOSN ), Public School Nursing Practice in the United States, is to get an accurate picture of the school nursing workforce in the U.S. Learn more about this article by reading the abstract below, listening to a podcast with JOSN Editor Julia Muennich Cowell and author Mayumi A. Willgerodt, and then reading the full-text article . Article Abstract School nursing practice has changed dramatically over the past 20 years, yet few nationally representative investigations describing the school nursing workforce have been conducted. The National School Nurse Workforce Study describes the ...
There was a recent review of a seminal study of nurses used as expert sources by journalists called “Woodhull Study Revisited.”  The original study was completed in 1998 by Nancy Woodhull, the founding editor of USA Today. Ms. Woodhull was both curious and concerned about what she believed was the under-representation of women in all media, including nurses. The extensive study uncovered some very disturbing data, including that only 4 percent of health-related news articles utilized nurses as a source, even if the article pertained to nursing or included photos of nurses (Mason, Glickstein 2018). The study was replicated 20 years later in 2018 and the ...
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Have you embraced the Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice TM and realize the importance of the applying the principles to shape school nursing practice? Do you like to connect, teach or speak in public? NASN is looking for energetic, enthusiastic, and dedicated school nurses to co-present its in-person programs across the country and overseas. These programs are: • Focus on the Framework: Care Coordination; and • Focus on the Framework: Community/Public Health. If interested, please apply online . Open-call closes Friday, June 15, 2018 at 8:00 p.m., Eastern.  #LatestNew
Are you passionate about emergency response and disaster preparedness? Do you like to travel? Do you like to connect, teach, or speak publicly? Well, this may be the right opportunity for you! NASN is looking for energetic, enthusiastic, and dedicated school nurses to teach our in-person program across the country and overseas. If interested, please apply online . Open-call closes Friday, June 15, 2018 at 8:00 p.m., Eastern.  #LatestNew
School nurses witness first-hand the toll gun violence takes on students. The National Association of School Nurses has joined with the wider nursing community in an effort to reverse the Dickey Amendment, which has effectively prevented federally funded research into gun violence.  Read more at The Future of Nursing : Campaign for Action . #Featured #LatestNews
NASN celebrates 50 years supporting school nurses and student health! School nursing: a force for today and the future, building communities that promote the health and well-being of students for generations to come. WELCOME TO BALTIMORE, ALSO KNOWN AS CHARM CITY, TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF NASN. ENDOWMENT FUNDRAISING EVENTS Your support is the driving force behind the endowment. Please continue to support future research and scholarship for school nursing. Every donation counts. Support President’s Challenge $1 for every year of NASN, $50 for 50 Years . 1 Mile Fun Walk/ Run – Open to all conference attendees ...
The  It Takes A Nurse  Facebook community, in collaboration with the Campaign for Action, organized a special Nurses Week 2018 video contest to show the world how nurses change lives and transform communities! The 30-75 second video about how nurses go above and beyond to promote healthy lifestyles needed to be submitted to  ItTakesANurse@gmail.com by April 30, 2018. The winners were announced during Nurses Week! (check out the contest guidelines  here ). The videos were reviewed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).  One of the second-place winners, (there was a tie) was a school Nurse! This week’s Relentless School Nurse blog features Melissa ...
For you view Fellow School Nurses https://youtu.be/t8cgeBswZ3U?t=604
The power of social media cannot be underestimated! A few short months ago, I connected with  Sunny Hallowell, PhD , RN,  a Nurse Faculty from Villanova University on Twitter.  Sunny had just returned from Florida where she was presenting Nursing Rounds at a Miami hospital the day of the Parkland shootings.  When she returned home, her 5-year-old son shared his experience during his school’s active shooter drill.  Sunny was driven to action and advocacy from the enormity of the events that had not only impacted her professional life but now her home life as well.  She did not want to live in fear of the next mass shootings, nor did she want her son to be ...
  A few times per week, I post a message on my Whiteboard.   Here is today's.      physicallyfitfridays.tumblr.com
Enjoy today's Physically Fit Friday. Lyme Disease has nothing to do with limes.  Why, it doesn't even have anything to do with plucky pineapples.  But it does have something to do with ticks - those creepy tiny bugs that like to drink human blood.  Some of these bloodsuckers carry bacteria that cause Lyme Disease.  The bacteria are called spirochetes.  The best way to prevent Lyme Disease is to prevent tick bites. The warm temperatures we have been enjoying recently have led some experts to note that tick activity is starting earlier this year.  Ticks wait for months, clinging to a blade of grass, just waiting to grab onto your dog who ...
When one of my four preschools celebrated Cinco de Mayo, they held a parade to kick off the fiesta. Since all of my students were marching in the parade, of course, I joined in the fun and provided extra support as we marched 60 students around several city blocks.  I was the caboose at the very end of the parade line as we marched two by two in the neighborhood.  My partner, 4-year-old Janielys (the name is changed), seemed very excited to be marching with the nurse! My students are primarily Hispanic, some are undocumented and 95% receive free or reduced lunch. Families are working very hard to provide the basic necessities for their children, often spending ...
Greetings.  I have created a blog that is a compilation of health tips for elementary school students, their families, school staff and faculty.  Part of my role as School Nurse is to share topical information about health and social issues that confront  my students.  With "Physically Fit Friday with Mrs. Ferrara", I have an open mic during morning announcements.  Humor and alliterations are the mainstays of these messages.  I enjoy linking what is happening at school and will pepper the messages with the math word of the week.  Can you say scalene triangle? The health tips have been well received.  Students share the information at home.  This has ...
School nurses have been asked to tell their stories for the 50th Anniversary of NASN. One of our own NJSSNA members has become a voice to be reckoned with. Robin Cogan  MEd, RN, NCSN, is a School Nurse in the Camden City School District, Camden, NJ; and Adjunct Faculty, at Rutgers University School of Nursing, Camden, NJ. She uses this voice in her own weekly blog, "The Relentless School Nurse. (This can be found on the NASN School Nurse Net blog page . )" Recently this article entitled, Why I Became a School Nurse Activist , was featured in NURSING ECONOMIC$/March-April 2018/Vol. 36/No.2. Robin tells a powerful story about her life and what has motivated ...
Did you know that school nurses collect a great deal of data in their practice? Data can be used to improve the health of students! Resources to assist school nurses in identifying and using data were presented at the 2017 NASN Annual Conference and are now available to you. Access these resources, which include a digital poster and handout with examples . #LatestNews
In her blog post, featured on the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases' NFID News, Dr. Lauri Hicks, director of the CDC Office of Antibiotic Stewardship said, "When antibiotics aren't needed, they won't help, and the side effects could cause harm." Dr. Hicks' team has been at the forefront of efforts to facilitate conversations among healthcare professionals, patients, and the public about the importance of appropriate antibiotic use and combating the threat of antibiotic resistance. Read the blog . #NIC
The new study, Antibiotic Therapy Duration in US Adults With Sinusitis , published in The Journal of the American Medical Association: Internal Medicine reports that primary care physicians prescribe longer durations of antibiotics for sinus infections than clinical practice guidelines recommend. In addition, more than 20 percent of antibiotic prescriptions for sinus infections were for five days of azithromycin, even though guidelines recommend against prescribing azithromycin because of high rates of existing resistance to this drug and others in its class. #NICE
The CDC has several resources and links on Norovirus Prevention  and Norovirus Infographics you can print off for your health office. Learn the key steps to responding to a Norovirus outbreak , as a public health care professional. Talk with students, parents and staff about hand washing, the importance of preparing food safely and treatments for Norovirus. #NIC
Natural or man-made, disasters can be scary, chaotic, and tragic events. It's important school nurses are informed and knowledgeable. Check out the ANA's Disaster Preparedness & Response and its Issue Brief on the Nurse's Duty to Respond in Disasters . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a tooklit on how to handle radiological terrorism for public health officials. #NICE
NASN is looking for a name for it's new uniform data initiative! The initiative focuses on the value of school nursing data to describe and advance student health locally, as well as nationally. We would like the name to describe and/or easily link to school nursing and student health, but be understood by those outside the profession. Learn more about the contest and contest rules , and submit your ideas by May 9, 2018,,5:00 p.m., Eastern / 8:00 p.m., Pacific. #LatestNew
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School Nurse Day Proclamation, Louisiana
From: Sally Starrfield Phone: 9196816980 Email: SSTARRFIELD@TIP.DUKE.EDU Duke University TIP offers academic summer programs throughout the country and needs camp nurses (RNs or LPNs). Often these are people who are free during the summer because they are school nurses. Can you send me an email address to that I may send our job postings? Best regards, Sally Starrfield Assistant Director for Academic Affairs Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) 300 Fuller St. | Durham, NC 27701   Direct: (919) 681-6980 sstarrfield@tip.duke.edu | tip.duke.edu   Duke TIP is actively recruiting difference makers and world changers for summer 2018 and beyond. ...
From: Jack Carey Email: campers@liveoakcamp.com I am looking to share a job opportunity for nurses located at Camp Tiak in Wiggins, MS. Live Oak Wilderness Camp is a summer sleep-away camp for outstanding kids from all across New Orleans. Check out the website for more info about us ( http://www.liveoakcamp.com ).  Live Oak is hiring for a camp nurse position for summer 2018. Here are some details and a job description. What: Paid nursing position for our 10-day sessions of summer camp in Wiggins, MS. Work with a diverse, fun team. Why: To ensure the safety of our campers and staff members, the camp hires a camp nurse for each session. When: They have ...

Workshop

The “ Improving Early Identification and Access to Comprehensive Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs in Northwest Louisiana ” workshop is September 14, 2017. This program is sponsored through the Bureau of Family Health’s – Children’s Special Health Services program and provides an important learning opportunity for nurses and social workers that serve children and youth with special health care needs in Region 7. Register for this Bossier City event . We hope to see you there! Patti Barovechio DNP MN CCM CE-PCMH CSHS Statewide Care Coordinator Supervisor | Bureau of Family Health Louisiana Department of Health patti.barovechio@la.gov ...
      A journey through grief in tweets is helping my brave and thoughtful niece, Carly, express herself in a powerful and impactful way. I thank her for her raw honesty and marvel at her ability to capture the essence of what she is feeling in 280 characters or less. Carly is a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As an Aunt, my heart aches for Carly and for my sister.  As a school nurse, I am in search of answers, along with so many others.  #SchoolNursesDemandAction is gaining traction around the country thanks to Twitter and the power of social media.  I realize that some cannot or choose not to take such ...
How do we as nurses contribute to the greater good? This is an important question in our polarized world. Nurses can use our leverage as the most trusted profession to frame complex social issues from a nursing perspective. But do we?  How can we amplify our voices even more?  One example would be standing up for common sense gun laws. The Parkland shootings have activated healthcare providers across the country to speak up, and out, about the public health epidemic of gun violence. Tackling this issue will take a multi-tiered, multi-sector approach and that includes the voices, talents, and leadership of nurses. Angela Green PhD, RN, CPHQ, FAAN, FAHA is ...
Louisiana Legislation-  Nursing multi-state licensure compact passed health and welfare committee today and is now headed for final passage on the house floor next week.
School Nurse's Day 2018. President's Message I am so honored to recognize and celebrate all Texas School Nurses as you care for and advocate tirelessly for over 5.35 million students. School Nurses provide care coordination for an ever increasing number of acute, chronic and medically complex health conditions. As the healthcare leaders and experts on our campuses, we bridge the gap between health and education leading to a significant positive impact on student learning. Governor Abbott’s School Nurse Day Proclamation link is above. Please print and post in your offices. I encourage you to share this newsletter with your school nurse colleagues, ...