November 21, 2013
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"To do what nobody else will do, in a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; that is to be a nurse." - Rawsi Williams
That quote, in particular, certainly speaks to the role of the school nurse. As school nurses, we are extraordinarily fortunate for opportunities to provide environments that are safe and healthy for all students. I am thankful for my colleagues who share the same passion for quality healthcare to support successful students. The work we do with students, their families and providers to create and implement health management plans and to promote healthy lifestyles advances student wellbeing and contributes to school connectedness. I encourage you to take some time to read NASN's position statement, The Role of the School Nurse, as a reminder of what you do throughout the year for your students.
Thank you for all you do to support education and advance student health.
Carolyn Duff, MS, RN, NCSN, President of NASN
The NASN Weekly Digest will not be sent on Thursday, November 28, 2013 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Look for the next issue on Thursday, December 5, 2013. Have a safe Thanksgiving Holiday break!
NASN Quick Poll
Take this week's poll
NASN is considering adding some gift items to the bookstore. Which would you consider purchasing or receiving (Check all that apply)?
- NASN Small folio with notepad
- NASN Coffee mug
- Mouse pad
- Business card holder
- Note cards for school nurses
- Would not purchase any promotional items
For other ideas please contact Sally Schoessler email@example.com.
Results from our last poll:
Which Food Allergy Action / Emergency Care Plan template do you use in your school nursing practice? (Check all that apply).
- FARE (146) 30%
- AAAAI (45) 9%
- Template specific to my state (71) 15%
- Other (175) 36%
- I don't use a template (47) 10%
BREATHE EASIES Asthma Campaign
The new English and Spanish Childhood Asthma PSAs introduce the Breathe Easies, an asthma-centric pop band whose catchy tunes provide parents, caregivers and youth with simple tips on how to eliminate specific asthma triggers in order to help prevent asthma episodes. For more tips and fun songs about preventing asthma attacks audiences are encouraged to visit www.noattacks.org.
What are the Essential Criteria Needed to Ensure a Great Public School?
The National Education Association (NEA) has made this easier to determine by releasing its Great Public Schools (GPS) Indicators Framework. The GPS Indicators represent an evidence-based set of factors deemed critical to the success of our nation's public schools. The good news for school nurses and other specialized instructional support personnel (SISP) is that their value is evident throughout the Indicators Framework. See the supportive documents, including a backgrounder on the conditions of teaching and learning. This specifically describes the importance of SISP in meeting the social and emotional supports needed by students. School nurses are encouraged to use these documents in promoting the role of SISP in creating great public schools.
School Nurses in the News
Middletown Kids Get Excited About Healthy Food, Fitness
The team includes NASN members, Bernadette Dean, the school nurse at Middletown Village School and Eileen Gavin, the nurse at New Monmouth School, as well as additional school nurses. Read the story... (Asbury Park Press, 11/16)
National News that Matters to YOU
NASN President Carolyn Duff and NASN Member Chris Rappaport Interviewed for Allentown Morning Call story, Legislation fighting allergic reactions in schools advances. As a school nurse, it's Chris Rappaport's job to help kids with their daily health needs — taking medications, coping with illnesses and applying first aid to cuts. Read the story... (Morning Call, 11/15)
School Nurses: The Voice for Children's Health
Clinical Vaccinology Course
Vaccines are one of the greatest success stories in public health; but schedules becoming increasingly complex, leading to risk of suboptimal vaccine uptake. This excellent course, supported by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, provides critical information from national experts about current and prospective vaccines, innovative and practical practice strategies, and multiple resources. NASN's Nichole Bobo was among the course faculty again this year, ensuring that school nurses are viewed as key members of the immunization neighborhood. Strongly consider attending the next course in Seattle, WA March 21-23, 2014.
Health Office Toolbox
It's Cold & Flu Season: Remind Patients to "Double Check, Don't Double Up" on Acetaminophen
Beginning this month and through the winter, the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition (AAC)'s Know Your Dose campaign is kicking off its annual "Double Check, Don't Double Up" safety message to urge patients and consumers to double check their medicine labels so they don't double up on medicines that contain acetaminophen. Know Your Dose offers free educational posters and brochures for healthcare providers' waiting rooms, exam rooms and pharmacies. Visit www.KnowYourDose.org/order to view and order free materials.
EPA's Back-to-School Webinar: Managing Asthma in Schools
Learn how two environmental health leaders, including Laura Wheeler, school nurse, engaged their school districts to take action on asthma. Both leaders discuss ways their programs are grounded in EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools guidance.
Watch the webinar and download the slides.
Get additional resources at AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org.
Online Food Allergy Education
The program "Food Allergies in the School Setting: A Best Practice Approach" is available in the NASN Online Learning Center! This program provides an overview of food allergies and anaphylaxis, evidence based treatment and emergency care. Policies and planning are also included in this one hour learning experience. Go to the NASN Learning Center to view this program and other titles.
FARE Has a NEW Allergy Action/Emergency Care Plan form yet!!
Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) has revised their Food Allergy Action/Emergency Care Plan this Fall. Access this form and start using it today
National Diabetes Month
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
COPD Awareness Month
American Lung Association
Diabetic Eye Disease Month
Prevent Blindness America
National Healthy Skin Month
American Academy of Dermatology
November 24 - 30, 2013
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Awareness Week
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
For more themes of the month, click here.