Blogs and Announcements

Melissa Owens, MSN, APRN-Rx, NP-C, NCSN works in Hawai'i! This blog post could really end right here, that is a complete story to me. Imagine working in Hawai'i! Working in paradise sounds heavenly, but like all school nurses, Melissa's school community has its share of complicated social determinants that impact student health and learning. Melissa Owens, MSN, APRN-Rx. NP-C, NCSN   shares her school nursing story that started when she said "yes" to a wonderful collaborative opportunity!                                                               Melissa Owens, MSN, APRN-Rx, NP-C, NCSN "When the University of Hawai’i - Mānoa School of Nursing ...
Having just returned from NASN 2018, my heart is full and my mind is overflowing with new learning and next steps. I want to thank the NASN leadership and staff for creating such a meaningful and well-designed conference. No detail was left out, including the graphic recorder who created a meaningful triplex series of illustrations from attendee input and suggestions. The hospitality of the Maryland School Nurses was palpable, plus they have a very cool state pin! I was especially moved at the Affiliates Rally when Anupama Gowda, the State Director from Oklahoma, was overcome with emotion while sharing the struggle of her state’s fight for a fair contract. ...
Power of the Past, Celebrate the Present, Force of the Future Part 1: Our Story—NASN’s First 25 Years , appearing in the July 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 . In June 2018, NASN begins a yearlong 50th-anniversary celebration. This article is the first in a series exploring the history, examining the present, and visioning the future of our organization. Part 1 provides a historical account of the first 25 years of the organization and uncovers the passion of our past leaders in promoting the profession of school nursing and ...
If you haven't already learned about or registered for the upcoming convention, please do so now.  Go to the calendar for information .
A warm welcome to the Wisconsin Association of School Nurses website. WASN is a nonprofit educational organization consisting of registered professional nurses who work in Wisconsin private, public and charter schools.  We are school health experts interfacing between the health care system and schools.  Our association’s mission is to “support and advance the practice of professional school nurses in Wisconsin in order to enhance the health, safety and educational success of students."  WASN is here to strengthen our members and to meet their professional needs. We continue to evolve, adapt and respond to the challenges that school nurses face. WASN needs ...
On July 1, 2018, the newest members of the WASN Board of Directors begin their roles. We look forward to this new leadership. Joan Simpson, President Nicholas Herrick, President-Elect Laura Marty, Treasurer Michelle Kaczorowski, Membership/Mentor Chair Mary Jo Beining, Legislative Chair Kelly Barlow, District 1 Director Valerie Hon, District 5 Director
A message from Sharon Conley, Web Based Technology Director at NASN I just wanted to make you aware of the binder containing all NASN position statements and other professional practice documents. It is called the PPD Binder and you can find it on the NASN website at the link below. This is a handy resource to download and save to your computer. When you do this, make the "bookmarks" show and you will see an index. Each document is listed in the index. When you click on a document in the index, the binder will "jump" you to that document. Note that "bookmarks" only work if you download and save the binder to your computer. Also, remember that the binder ...
Video! As we begin to celebrate NASN's 50th Anniversary, we will have a few opportunities throughout conference to video record your responses to specific  questions related to 50 years of NASN. You may be asked to talk about how you got involved in NASN, share a favorite school nurse memory, or how the  school nursing practice has changed from when you became a school nurse. To help you prepare to sit in front of the camera, look for the list of questions in your conference bag. These videos will be posted on the NASN 50th Anniversary webpage after conference. If you are interested in participating, visit us  outside of Kent (Fourth Floor Level, far ...
Beth Jameson, Ph.D., RN, NJ-CSN is a Nurse Scientist with a newly minted Ph.D. from Rutgers University. I was fortunate to meet Beth when she was in the midst of her dissertation research, which included interviewing school nurses about job satisfaction. I will never forget our intense and honest discussion when I shared my frustration with feeling like a "caged bird" at school.  In fact, it was so eye-opening that I wrote a blog post called "The Tale of the Caged Bird." Beth and I bonded over that conversation and since then have collaborated on several school nursing projects through the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing (NJCCN). When she defended ...
Hello #NASN2018 Attendees, As we know, you are attending the 50th Annual NASN Conference for the excellent educational opportunities that apply to our profession, to build your professional network with school health experts from around the country and world and generally be in the same place/space with like-minded colleagues, I have obtained tickets to the newest museum, the National Museum of African-American History & Culture in Washington, DC that is approximately 40 miles away from the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott.  Continue reading if you might be interested. I only have a few! https://nmaahc.si.edu/ As the museum ...
NASN is looking forward to seeing you in Baltimore, Maryland! Please review this message, sent late last week by email as well.  It contains important conference information.   Thank you for joining us and safe travels! Your NASN Conference Team _______________________________ Conference Hotel Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel 700 Aliceanna Street Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Phone: 410-385-3000 https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bwiwf-baltimore-marriott-waterfront/ The conference meeting space is intimate. Please plan accordingly by choosing a first, second and third choice in all breakout and workshop blocks. In the general session ...
See the original Discussi
 We are SOLID GOLD and it is time to celebrate in Baltimore!    #NASNat50 NASN & School Health are hosting a Dance Party to kick-off the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the National Association of School Nurses on Friday evening, June 29th and all are welcome.  No tickets or reservations required; Just show up and join the fun!     Take a stroll through the past 50 years and visit the "Vision and Voices: 50 Years of NASN History" located in the Heron Room.  This visual history of NASN shares the work of school nursing pioneers who led the initiative to become an independent organization representing ...
        I am so proud of the work school nurses do each and every day. As my term of president wraps up on June 30, I've been reflecting on the Wisconsin Association of School Nurses past 41 years and thinking ahead to the future. In November 1970, the first conference for Wisconsin school nurses was organized. On May 12, 1977 the School Nurses of Wisconsin (SNOW) was officially organized and Katheryn Etter was the first president. The name of our organization has since been changed to reflect our affiliation with the National Association of School Nurses (NASN). When you join WASN you also become a member of NASN.  WASN members have the pleasure ...
Twitter is a key communication tool we use at the NASN Annual Conference.  When conference participants tweet their conference experience, they enrich the conference experience for others in attendance, share key messages with colleagues who are unable to attend, and give school nursing great exposure on one of the largest social media outlets in the world.   If you need a little help getting started, review the three easy steps in the image below and then follow the tweeting tips across the bottom of the image.  Your conference tweets should always include this hashtag #NASN2018 -- all tweets with the hashtag will display on the Twitter screen in the ...
See the original Discussi
When I went to work today I found myself closely watching the mothers dropping off their children at school.  One mom, in particular, caught my attention. She was holding an infant who was so small that she still wore little mittens on her hands so as to not scratch her precious face.  The mom was loving and careful with her baby girl. I was witnessing a most intimate moment that on any other day, I may have missed. But not this day, not this day… Every child I saw reminded me of the children being separated from their families. My students are from the exact countries that these families had just fled. Many of the children and parents in my school ...
SNSN-SIG Annual Meeting Saturday, June 30    7-9 PM    Baltimore, MD We will be holding our annual SNSN-SIG meeting during the NASN Conference in Baltimore. During our meeting we will have an informative educational presentation. SIG member Mary Ann Strawhacker will present on Medical Marijuana in Schools. We hope to see many of you there. Linda Kimel SNSN-SIG Co-Chair                            Medical Marijuana Program Objectives: After completion of this program the school nurse will be able to: Discuss the interaction between state and federal laws related to medical marijuana (MM). Discuss federal education law and how ...
The Wisconsin Association of School Nurses now has an Executive Director to collaborate with the Board of Directors to catapult the organization into the future.  Beginning June 18, 2018, Barbara Maley , RN, begins as the first Executive Director of WASN.  Barb formerly served on the Board of Directors as the Nominations Chair. She has been instrumental in many initiatives over the past several years as a Board member. Please join in WASN's focus on the future, making the organization vibrant for members and building relationships to advance the practice of school nursing in Wisconsin.
If you have registered for NASN2018 LIve Stream, please note that NASN is working diligently “behind the scenes” to establish the live stream web pages and other resources including links to handouts. As soon as there is more information, we will send it along. In the meantime, please bookmark the Live Stream web page as this is where you will go to access the event.  You can also visit the Live Stream web page to be sure your computer can view the video format being used for the event.  Scroll down to the bottom of the Live Stream web page to view an example.  If you cannot view the example, try viewing the web page from a different computer on a different ...
New NASN members are important to NASN so we have solicited the help of your colleagues to serve as annual conference mentors.  Please consider reaching out to one of the mentors  with questions you have about the conference or just to make a connection before the conference.  And . . . you might just make a new friend for life! To initiate a message to a mentor, click on a mentor's name.  Once in the mentor’s profile, hover over the profile picture area.  A pop-up window should appear with a SEND MESSAGE button.   The mentoring program has no specific guidelines. Mentors and new members will determine how they will connect and what the connection ...
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 June 2018 newsletter features parental engagement resources.    Other issues: 2018 April: ...

2018 Awards Presentation

Congratulations to the 2018 NASN award recipients who will be honored at the Awards Celebration on Sunday, July 1, 2018, 7PM
printable version For Immediate Release June 18, 2018 Contact: Margaret Cellucci, Director of Communications National Association of School Nurses mcellucci@nasn.org / 240-247-1628 Twitter: @schoolnurses NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL NURSES 2018 ELECTIONS TAP NEW LEADERSHIP Vice-President and Nominating Committee Member Elected June 18, 2018 (Silver Spring, MD) – The members of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) have elected Lynnette Ondeck, Med, BSN, RN, NCSN, District Nurse with Nooksack Valley School District in Washington State, as its incoming Vice-President. In her role as Vice-President, Ms. Ondeck, a school nurse for more ...
Spring Conference Flyer OREGON SCHOOL NURSES ASSOCIATION SPRING CONFERENCE THURSDAY, APRIL 18TH 2019 AT 8AM TO FRIDAY, APRIL 19TH 2019 AT 4PM              HALLMARK INN 744 SW ELIZABETH ST. NEWPORT, OREGON 97365 MORE INFORMATION:   After Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 ,  interested participants can reserve their room for the Hallmark Resort. To make reservations , attendees must call the Hallmark Resort directly at   541-265-2600   and identify themselves as participants of the   ‘OSNA Conference’ to receive the above group rates quoted. All reservation requests   must be received on or before March 22 ,   2019 ...
As awareness of child sexual abuse in our communities grows, school nurses are poised to play a vital role in preventing and responding to suspicions of abuse. The Adverse Childhood Experiences study illustrates that abuse can be devastating, both during childhood and later in adult life. By preventing child sexual abuse, you can positively impact the lives of children and contribute to their brighter futures as adults. Statistics show that school personnel identify more child abuse than any other profession, including law enforcement. As a school nurse, the lasting relationships you develop with students can make you a trusted adult in their eyes. You are ...
printable version FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2018 Contact: Margaret Cellucci, Director of Communications National Association of School Nurses mcellucci@nasn.org / 240-247-1628 @schoolnurses NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL NURSES OPENS ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN BALTIMORE MARYLAND CELEBRATING 50 YEARS NASN2018: Power of the Past, Force of the Future (Silver Spring, MD) – The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) opens its 50th Annual Conference, themed, Power of the Past, Force of the Future , on June 30 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. NASN will celebrate 50 years of optimizing student health and learning ...
While I do love all things that are bird related (must be from my name), there is something special about Twitter that captivates me. It could be that Twitter is unfolding in real time.  There is simultaneous space for both anonymity and intimacy through the magic of tweets.  I also feel like I am always learning on Twitter. My Twitter focus is primarily school nurse related. I use Facebook for fun and family news and Twitter is my go-to social media space for professional use. Most recently I have used Twitter to share my passion for #NursingActivism, especially around the issue of violence as a public health crisis. Twitter is a tool for social activism ...
While I do love all things that are bird related (must be from my name), there is something special about Twitter that captivates me. It could be that Twitter is unfolding in real time.  There is simultaneous space for both anonymity and intimacy through the magic of tweets.  I also feel like I am always learning on Twitter. My Twitter focus is primarily school nurse related. I use Facebook for fun and family news and Twitter is my go-to social media space for professional use. Most recently I have used Twitter to share my passion for #NursingActivism, especially around the issue of violence as a public health crisis. Twitter is a tool for social activism ...
Partnerships have been the heart of the School Nurse Organization of Washington (SNOW) since its inception in the 1950’s and has strengthened the organization’s effectiveness and reach. SNOW began as a part of the public health section of the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) in 1952. SNOW evolved quickly, as a branch of WSNA in 1955 and in 1957, as an independent organization. SNOW became a department within the Washington Education Association (WEA), the state teacher’s union in 1960. In 1979, SNOW emerged fully independent, incorporating as a non-profit organization but continuing to collaborate with WEA. Finally, in October 2011, The SNOW membership ...