School nurses across the state gathered this past weekend in Orlando for the 21st FASN conference. The conference had its highest attendance ever, with 160 school nurses participating. The conference provided school nurses an opportunity to earn continuing education credits, enhanced time with vendors, and multiple opportunities for networking.
I personally loved the announcement of our 2017 School Nurse of the Year, Margaret Polk. Her credentials speak volumes with regard to her professional and personal life. Margaret was featured on Bay News 9 and will be presented at the State Board of Education meeting on February 16th. Congratulations, Margaret!
It was with pleasure that I awarded Janie Sailors and Kathleen Rose FASN Achievement Awards. These ladies have spent many a year facilitating growth within FASN. They are true pioneers within FASN on many levels.
Our NASN Affiliate Director, Lisa Kern, continues to lead and engage school nurses across the state. I feel blessed that she has the role as our Affiliate Director during my tenure as President of FASN. Lisa possesses a wealth of knowledge and is widely respected across our nation.
Our FASN Education Committee works hard to provide quality speakers. I’m proud to say, this year was no exception. Conference speakers left us with essential information and tools that will be beneficial as we care for our students, families, and those we work with.
I trust that all those attending left feeling energized and with a strong recognition, School Nurses do make a difference! It is imperative that we represent with professionalism, concise information supported by current and accurate data.