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NASN Elections 2017
Candidate Data and Statement of View
Secretary / Treasurer
Mary Blackborow, MSN, RN, CSN-NJ
Current NASN Affiliate
New Jersey State School Nurses Association (NJSSNA)
Major Clinical, Teaching, or Practice Area:
School Nurse, Secondary
Monmouth University, Masters of Science in Nursing, 2007
Trenton State College, Bachelors of Science in Nursing, 1983
Kings County Hospital Center School of Nursing, Diploma of Nursing, 1973
Awards, Achievements, and Honors
NASN Board of Directors, 2013-2017
Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Fellow, 2015
North Brunswick Township High School, Certified School Nurse, 2000-Present:
I am a school nurse in a suburban high school with a diverse student body of approximately 1800 students. More than one-third of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch. Within the building, there are alternative support programs for at risk students and those with specialized learning needs. As the school nurse, I coordinate care for students that require direct care, chronic disease management and educate students, families and staff about relevant health and wellness issues. Collaboration and communication with student, family, staff and administration are important tools that I use to help achieve success with student outcomes.
Other Significant Positions Held
School Nurse (in summer program for special needs students in a special education school, Middlesex County Educational Services Commission, 2001-2008
Present NASN Offices/Appointments
New Jersey (NJ) NASN Director, 2013-2017
NASN School Nurse Editorial Advisory Board, 2015-Present
NASN School Nurse Reviewer, 2015-Present
Membership Committee, 2014-Present
Strategic Committee: Public Relations and Advocacy, 2013-Present
Past NASN Offices/Appointments
Mental Health Advisory Committee, 2014-2015
Present NASN Affiliate Offices/Appointments
NJ NASN Director, 2013-2017
NJSSNA Executive Board, 2008-Present
NJSSNA Education Committee, 2010-Present
Past NASN Affiliate Offices/Appointments
NJSSNA Membership Chair, 2010-2013
NJSSNA Newsletter Editor, 2008-2010
Present Offices/Appointments in Other Associations
Past Offices/Appointments in Other Associations
Publications Significant to School Nursing
National Association of School Nurses. (2016). LGBTQ students: The role of the school nurse (Position Statement). Retrieved from http://www.nasn.org/PolicyAdvocacy/PositionPapersandReports/NASNPositionStatementsFullView/tabid/462/ArticleId/935/LGBTQ-Students-The-Role-of-the-School-Nurse-Revised-2016
National Association of School Nurses. (2015). Electronic cigarettes and children (Consensus Statement). Retrieved from https://www.nasn.org/Portals/0/statements/consensus_ecigarettes.pdf
National Association of School Nurses. (2014). Delegation to unlicensed assistive personnel in the school setting (Position Statement). Retrieved from http://www.nasn.org/PolicyAdvocacy/PositionPapersandReports/NASNPositionStatementsFullView/tabid/462/ArticleId/21/Delegation-Nursing-Delegation-to-Unlicensed-Assistive-Personnel-in-the-School-Setting-Revised-June-2
National Association of School Nurses. (2013). Mental health of students (Position Statement). Retrieved from http://www.nasn.org/PolicyAdvocacy/PositionPapersandReports/NASNPositionStatementsFullView/tabid/462/ArticleId/36/Mental-Health-of-Students-Revised-June-2013
New Jersey State School Nurses Association. (2011). The school nurse’s role in the prevention, care and management of students with concussions. Retrieved from https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/NASN/bef1bbde-7dc0-4987-a54f-33b3bade9518/UploadedImages/New%20Jersey/Documents/position_paper_concussions.pdf
Presentations Significant to School Nursing
New Jersey Education Association Teachers Convention Breakout Session (2011, November 10). Concussion management and the school nurse’s role. Atlantic City, NJ.
Research Significant to School Nursing
Statement of View
Legislation to improve the school nurse to student ratios that are linked to funding is an important priority to meet the complex needs of our students. NASN promoted school nurses’ expertise in chronic disease management within the Every Student Succeeds Act and supports the School Nurse Grant Bill to fund school nurses in our neediest schools.
NASN identifies emerging trends to provide tools to help school nurses develop leadership and advocacy skills to navigate the complex rules for school health funding and to help meet the challenges that impact children, their families and communities. NASN seeks to enable school nurses to create partnerships to use the resources that are available to improve academic outcomes and to promote health and wellness in all our schools.
Membership retention and growth are crucial to NASN’s strategic plan and the financial stability of the organization. Faced with an aging membership, NASN needs to be able to support and engage new members. Technology enables NASN to gather data for research, improve communication and provide education for nurses from novice to expert. Every member is important to NASN and our diverse practice models allow us to see many possibilities in practice.
NASN needs to expand and retain its membership base to maintain financial stability. It is important for the organization to be fiscally responsible and develop strategies for a revenue stream while continuing to develop educational programs, promote leadership and fund scholarships. The endowment funds research grants and scholarships and requires careful management to continue the growth of principle and interest for future members.
As a candidate for Secretary/Treasurer, I will work for the organization to ensure financial stability; identify technology and funding sources to expand programs to maximize benefits that meet the needs of our members and improve student health outcomes.
This Secretary / Treasurer candidate completed the Nominating Committee process.