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"I'm retiring in June 2014. My NASN membership has been a very valuable tool and I will miss being a School Nurse." ~ Dolores Hallsworth, in an e-mail to NASN on April 10, 2014. 
Read Role of the School Nurse, an NASN position statement

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April 17, 2014

Since NASN launched SchoolNurseNet, your colleagues have shared thousands of messages and dozens of resources.  What is your hot topic today?  Take 5 minutes exploring the search feature on SchoolNurseNet to find answers and insight from others addressing the same hot topic.

Thanks to the countless school nurses who have contributed content on SchoolNurseNet.

Carolyn Duff, MS, RN, NCSN, President of NASN

School Nurses: Supporting Education, Advancing Student Health

NASN Quick Poll

What will you do differently to advance your school nursing practice this year?   Take this week's poll

Dr. Jane ChevakoDr. Jane Chevako Hopes to See You at NASN2014 in San Antonio
A Poem for My School Nurse Friends is a personal message from Dr. Jane inviting you to join her at the NASN Annual Conference this summer in San Antonio!  Dr. Jane will address attendees at the closing session.  Learn more about this event created just for school nurses

Association News

Stay Tuned for the Names of our “A Grade” Immunization Champions
School nurses are indeed immunization champions in their schools! NASN received many entries in our call for applications that described immunization efforts in schools. We are so excited about the awesome entries we received! Three top applicants will be announced in conjunction with our National School Nurse Day celebration on May 7, 2014.
This initiative is supported in part by a grant from MedImmune.
Access immunization resources from NASN.
Access seasonal influenza resources from NASN.

Hear Data on Underage Drinking and Get Tools and Tips
The Hidden Underage Drinking Problem: What School Nurses Can Do
This latest NASN Radio broadcast features NASN member Elizabeth “Beth” Light, a school nurse at Sussex Technical High School in Delaware and Frances Harding, Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.  Listen now.

Reduce Fear and Stigma with Head Lice Education Materials
NASN’s Lice Lessons education campaign has updated materials including a presentation, fact sheets, and template letters to share with parents. Most resources are available in English and Spanish.
Lice Lessons educational initiative is made possible through a collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur.
Access materials in this campaign.

Tell Local and State Officials about National School Nurse Day
It's easy to show policy makers the value school nurses bring to students and their education. Use tools from NASN to tell these leaders why THEY should join us in celebrating school nurses.
Get templates and resources to spread the word.

School Nurses in the News

NASN Member Receives Wisconsin’s Katheryn Etter School Nurse of the Year Award
Star Journal
NASN member Kerri R. Schmidt, a Rhinelander School District school nurse, received the Wisconsin Katheryn Etter School Nurse of the Year Award for demonstrating excellence in her school nursing practice.
Read the article.

Delaware School Nurses to Receive Caron’s Medical Professional Award
NASN members and Delaware area school nurses, Sharon-Rose Gargula, Stanton Middle School; Kathleen Bugbee, North Star Elementary School; Megan Fioravanti, AI DuPont High School; Fran Russo-Aveno, Richardson Park Learning Center; and, Rebecca King, Brandywine Springs School, will receive the Caron’s Medical Professional Award for the greater Philadelphia Region at a June Awards Breakfast. This award recognizes an outstanding health care professional who exemplifies the spirit of caring, compassion and commitment. Learn more about the Awards Breakfast.

Island Profile: Mary Kanarvogel, the School’s Go-to Lady
Shelter Island Reporter
NASN member Mary Kanarvogel is well known throughout the community of Shelter Island, New York. “Nurse Mary is the conduit through which the Lions Club as well as individual donors learn what the children of hard-working Island families need.” Read the article.

National News that Matters to YOU

A 20-Year Anniversary Celebration for SCHLRN-L Discussion List
In April 1994, Martha Bergren launched a discussion list for school nurse professionals nationally and worldwide affectionately named SCHLRN-L. Today, SCHLRN-L is thriving with almost 1,000 subscribers and is one of the oldest discussion lists dedicated to nursing professionals.
Learn more or subscribe to SCHLRN-L

School Nurses: The Voice for Children's Health

NASN Participates in Twitter Chat on Vaccine Hesitancy
This week, ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser and Dr. Michael Caldwell of the Harvard School of Public Health hosted a Twitter chat discussing vaccine hesitancy. Participants used the hashtag #VaccineHesitancy when responding to discussion prompts presented by the hosts.
Browse tweets having the hashtag #VaccineHesitancy on Twitter to review the conversation

Health Office Toolbox

Diabetes Resources for Outreach Efforts with Minority Populations
The National Diabetes Education Program has a variety of publications and resources tailored for minority populations that you can use to support outreach efforts in your community. Join them in recognizing April as National Minority Health Month. Learn more

A Webinar on How Schools are Working to Implement Physical Activity Programs
Making it Happen: Overcoming Barriers to Increasing Physical Activity and Physical Education in Schools
May 13, 2014, 3:00 p.m. Eastern
This webinar, hosted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), will also review the IOM report Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School.
Learn more or register for this webinar
Access the IOM report

What's Happening

NASN’s Calendar of Events lists upcoming events for school nursing professionals.  Events happening soon include:

Alaska School Nurses Association Spring Conference
April 25 - 27, 2014

Healthfinder.gov's National Health Observances site lists special days, weeks, or months dedicated to raising awareness about important health topics.