Learning from those who have Stepped Up!

By Estelle Watts, DNP, RN, NCSN posted 03-29-2016 16:19


National Uniform Data Set: Learning from Those Who Have Stepped Up!

This blog post is submitted by Estelle Watts on behalf of the Step Up & Be Counted! Leadership Team.  
It provides information about the Team's breakout session on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at NASN2016.

Step Up and Be Counted! A Joint NASN and NASSNC Initiative - 100% Students Counted - 100% School Nurses Participating

Most everyone is mindful today about their personal step count. In fact, many tools and apps are used daily to become more aware of the steps taken within a given time and we are often encouraged to take measures to increase our steps because of this awareness. I also hear people frequently talk about specific reasons to increase their steps. Regardless, the specific reasons are grounded in personal health.

What are the steps that you take to measure your professional health? There are so many potential answers to this question, but “attending a conference” is always a good step to take for your professional health. NASN2016 has many opportunities to help you take these steps. The Step Up & Be Counted! National Standardized Data Set initiative is another means to measure your professional health. Data collection is foundational in our school nursing practice and is located in each of the standards of practice.

If you have Stepped Up, or would like to begin Stepping Up, I suggest that you join me and attend the Saturday, July 2nd morning breakout session “National Uniform Data Set: Learning from Those Who Have Stepped Up!” We will share a variety of local and state examples that school nurses can use to incorporate this unique data reporting process into your own practice. We will also cover lessons learned and tips on becoming a Step Up! advocate. Using your data to become a more visible health care partner to educators and policymakers is a step that validates your work and that of your profession. Taking steps to ensure a healthier profession will ultimately impact the health and learning of our children.