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The Power of One and The Power of Many: School Nursing is about Relationships

By Stephen Sroka posted 03-23-2023 10:27

I am honored to keynote the 2023 NASN Conference with the message, The Power of One and The Power of Many: School Nursing is about Relationships.
Trusted relationships may be the most important variable for effective school nursing. The traditional challenges of building relationships are based on the 4 C’s: Communication, Collaboration, Cultural Competency and Caring. Today, COVID, crisis prevention, and mental health concerns present ongoing challenges.


This motivational keynote is filled with "tips from the nurses’ offices" to help keep you and your students, staff and community safe and healthy so they can learn more and live better. It is packed with cutting-edge information, practical strategies and heartfelt stories about leadership, equity, the Whole Child, mental health, kindness, the power of words, the trauma-informed brain, ACEs (adverse childhood experiences), SEL (social emotional learning}, stress management, wellness, and school and community climate and safety. 


I have spoken worldwide with The Power of One message, how one person can make a difference. I died while presenting a school in-service. Two SROs, a principal and others saved my life and changed my message. I now talk about how you need The Power of Many, how it takes a team, to make a lasting difference.


Research-based and reality-driven, this session offers honesty, humor, and hope. It stresses the importance of Resiliency and the 4 P’s: Purpose, Passion, Pride and Persistence. It will warm your heart, stir your soul and ignite your brain. It has been said that it can even change your life professionally and personally. Let’s see if it can spark the fire and the WHY within you because every kid needs a school nurse.