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This calendar will be updated and reposted on the Other Professional Development web page as dates for meetings and webinars are confirmed.      Click on the image below to print a download and/or print a copy of the calendar
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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
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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 ...
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When ASNC becomes aware of employment opportunities, they are posted in the Job Bank , an option in the Resources menu. If your district is looking for school health personnel, please send us the information to ASNC it will be posted.
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Read the late Winter 2017 edition of The Pulse of ASNC
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Event registration information will be published as it is released. Click on the image below to print a download and/or print a copy of the calen
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2017 New England School Nurse Conference Portland, Maine May 6-7, 2017 Update: ***This conference will be applying for ANCC accreditation for 8 contact hours*** Early Bird Special (save $30) deadline: February 17, 2017 Go to the registration website . You can also access information on Facebook . The host hotel is Holiday Inn by the Bay . 1-800-345-5050 88 Spring Street Portland, Main
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The 2016 Legislative End of Session Report is available on the advocacy web page .
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If interested in being an exhibitor or vendor at the LSNO 2018 Conference, 21 - 23 March 2018, L'auberge du Lac Resort, Lake Charles, contact Dana Vincent, dvincent@beau.k12.la.us or, 337-725-3536 Thanks!!
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Where do school nurses go for online CNE courses, webinars, podcasts and toolkits? School nurses go to the NASN Learning Center . What value does the NASN Learning Center offer members? A savings of $200+ in CNE course enrollment awaits NASN members. Costs are noted in the library listing and most courses have no cost for NASN members. What’s new in the NASN Learning Center? Opioid Overdose Awareness and Prevention Program: A Model for School Health Naloxone Use in the School Setting Infection Control in the Classroom When Insect Bites Can Kill, Prevention is a Must! Partnership Building to Support Students ...
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  Meet Aunt Bertha!   One of the 5 principles of NASN’s Framework for 21 st Century School Nursing Practice is Community/Public Health. Relentless School Nursing calls for knowing our community resources and providing helpful, accurate and effective referrals. How embarrassing is it to refer a family to a resource only to find out that it has shut down, changed their phone number or moved to a different location?  Meet AuntBertha.com , this is a game changer. I use this website frequently in my health office. Aunt Bertha is one of my go-to tools in The Relentless School Nurse’s toolkit! http://www.auntbertha.com/ “helps people in need and those ...
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Join us for a half-day training to give your school health team members the knowledge they need to work more effectively. Action for Healthy Kids’ school health team training teaches school community members how to work collaboratively to improve school policy and practices related to students eating better and moving more. Walk through Game On, AFHK's no-cost, signature program to begin assessing your school environment, creating an action plan and implementing activities. Make student wellness a priority in your school! The training is offered free of charge to all school health team members. It is recommended for: School health ...
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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is offering 25% off the retail price for their School Health: Policy and Practice book and Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools and Practice book. This is a limited offer from AAP, expanding on the 10% discount they presently offer on a long list of other titles. Get the codes needed for these discounts and browse a full list of titles . #LatestNe
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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 October 2017 newsletter features the article School-based Approaches to Bullying Prevention ...
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Right now the Eyes of Hope® gift certificate program from VSP Global® is giving away free eye care and glasses to people who lost their glasses in the hurricane . But did you know that any time of year, in any area of the United States, NASN members can give their low-income students the same benefit?   That’s because NASN has partnered with the VSP Global's® Sight for Students®, an Eyes of Hope® gift certificate program  [ this links requires a login ]. It’s a popular program. In our 6-month check-in with new members, a new member recently wrote that they were most impressed by, “ …receiving Gift Certificate for our student without insurance so they can have ...

Meet the Candidates

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NASN's 2018 election takes place between March 15, 2018 and April 15, 2018. Please take some time to meet this year's candidates . #LatestNew
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Dear Colleagues, We often talk about giving a voice to our practice.  Each of us is presented with opportunities to use our voice, and sometimes telling the story about the impact we have in the lives of our students and the community where we work makes all the difference.  However, sometimes that is not enough.  We often have to go the extra mile and actively advocate for our profession. On October 5, Judy Woop, Executive Director of NJSSNA and I will be using our voices to testify before the State Senate Legislative Oversight Committee on the current state of affairs at the Board of Nursing (BON), which is currently facing many challenges.  The executive ...