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Martha Dewey Bergren, editor of  The Journal of School Nursing , interviews author Colleen McGovern to discuss the article, "Sustained Effects From a School-Based Intervention Pilot Study for Children With Asthma and Anxiety." Learn more about this article by reading the abstract below and listening to the podcast . Children with chronic conditions (i.e., asthma) are more likely to have anxiety or depressive symptoms. Comorbid asthma and anxiety in children lead to increased morbidity, causing children to miss instructional time and parent/caregiver (CG) work absences. Asthma educational programs and mental health interventions have been developed, though ...

Save the Date!

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MSNA Conference 2023 Tupelo, Mississippi May 30, 2023 - June 2, 2023 "Take off your shoes, throw 'em in the corner! We don't mind if you stay a little longer!" There will be more conference information to come soon, so keep visiting msschoolnurses.org where you are always welcome. If you are not a member yet, make sure you click "Join or Renew Online" at the top of the screen to be able to access all the helpful information available to members through the NASN link.

New NASN Position Statement

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NASN Position Statements are documents stating the position or stance of NASN regarding child health, school health, or school nursing issues, which include historical, political, financial, social, ethical, and scientific aspects of the issue. View the latest highlighted below or  view the entire Position Statement list . NASN Position Statement: Complementary and Integrative Therapies When integrating complementary and integrative therapies into the school setting, the nurse steps beyond allopathic (conventional) treatments into therapies that may not be accepted as traditional. It is the position of NASN that the school nurse advocates for evidence-based ...
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In this  NASN School Nurse  Podcast , NASN School Nurse  Editor Cynthia Galemore interviews authors Rachel McClanahan about the article, "Smoothing the Way Into School Nursing Practice." Learn more about this article by reading the abstract below and  listening to the podcast . Role transition can be a struggle for new or seasoned nurses moving into the specialty of school. School nursing, a specialized field that entails a scope of practice and competencies very different from other settings, is not taught in many primary nursing education programs. New nurses may find themselves unprepared for their role without a proper orientation, causing them ...

Meet the Community Mobile App

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Connection is now in your hands! The Connected Community mobile app provides a simple and convenient way to connect you with others in NASN's online communities. Get the app! Go to your app store (QR codes below) Search for "Connected Community." Download the app and open. Enter www.nasn.org Login using your NASN website username and password.   How-to Videos Brief overview Search and filter the feed Contribute content Use the directory Google Play App Store
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For Immediate Release August 3, 2022 Contacts: Deborah D'Souza-Vazirani (dvazirani@nasn.org) Stephanye White (swhite@nasn.org) Jennifer McNally (jmcnally@nasn.org) NASN Announces Second Champions for School Health Funding Opportunity Silver Spring, MD—The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) in collaboration with the Institute of Educational Leadership (IEL) and with generous support from Kaiser Permanente, is pleased to announce the second Champions for School Health funding opportunity for projects designed to increase access to and confidence in the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine and school-required vaccines, particularly in under-resourced communities. ...
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NASN is excited to introduce the new  School Nursing Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline: Students with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Toolkit .  School nurses provide leadership in the school setting to support resilience and self-management for students with T1D. NASN’s School Nursing Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline: Students with T1D provides evidence-based recommendations to assist the school nurse in their role in improving the health and safety of the school-age child with T1D. This toolkit will help school nurses implement those recommendations. See the toolkit.
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In this NASN School Nurse Podcast , NASN School Nurse  Editor Cynthia Galemore interviews authors Cheryl Blake and Gail Trano about the article, "School Nursing for the Novice: How Do I Begin?" Learn more about this article by reading the abstract below and  listening to the podcast . Obtaining a position as a school nurse is an exciting career opportunity, but the reality of a new position in a new specialty area can quickly lead to anxiety and feeling overwhelmed. Your first thoughts might be, “Can I really do this job?” and “Where and how do I begin?” The answer to these questions will depend on your situation—are you a nurse hired for a previously ...
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The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) in collaboration with the Institute of Educational Leadership (IEL) and with generous support from Kaiser Permanente, is pleased to announce the second Champions for School Health funding opportunity for projects designed to increase access to and confidence in the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine and school-required vaccines, particularly in under-resourced communities.    In this funding cycle, awards between $10,000 - $30,000 will be given. Awards are limited to grantees within the Kaiser Permanente market – California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, and the District of ...
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Martha Dewey Bergren, editor of The Journal of School Nursing , interviews author Beth Jameson to discuss the article, "Identification of Workload Measurement Indicators for School Nursing Practice." Learn more about this article by reading the abstract below and listening to the podcast. Many school districts rely on caseload or student to school nurse ratios that are not grounded in evidence-based research. There is a need for a comprehensive workload instrument to describe the work of school nurses that incorporates the complexities of the role and includes acuity, care processes, and social determinants of health. The purpose of this qualitative ...
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NASN is pleased to offer this premier one-volume guide to contemporary school nursing. Based on ANA’s Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice for all registered nurses, these standards are authoritative statements on the duties that school nurses should competently perform. Composed of two sets—the Standards of Practice and the Standards of Professional Performance—these standards delineate how outcomes for school nurse activities are measured. Come and see what is new in this edition or purchase a copy today .
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The 2022 Iowa New School Nurse Orientation will be virtually offered on Friday, August 12, 2022. The 2022 Iowa New School Nurse Orientation is co-sponsored by the Iowa School Nurse Organization (ISNO) and the University of Iowa College of Nursing. This is also a good refresher! Learn more and register
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Dear School Nurses,   This is our fourth and final week to connect and discuss Mind-Body Medicine. If you have enjoyed these practices, I encourage you to keep practicing them, share them with co-workers and students, and learn more about them and others here . I have no affiliation with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine other than having benefited from participating in a free skills group. In this group, we learned more about how stress affects the mind AND body. I also began pondering how these skills might fit into the daily school nurse interventions we provide for students struggling with stress and coping.   This week, I share the power ...
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Dear School Nurses,   Welcome back to another installment of Mind-Body Medicine skills for school nurses. You face challenges every day. What if you could escape to a safe place or have a wise companion with whom you could discuss dilemmas and life’s troubles? Those ways of approaching stress may be closer than you think. This week’s video introduces you to Safe Place and Wise Guide imagery. Some connect these practices with spiritual practices and a Higher Power; others associate these practices with internal unconscious or subconscious thoughts. Whichever way you choose to associate these imagery practices and use them in your life, I hope you enjoy ...
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Say goodbye to paper cards and rubber stamps!  Say hello to hands-free badge scanning and the spinner!! How to participate: Visit the booths of exhibitors participating in the game. (List below.) Have your badge scanned by each participating exhibitor. Gather around the spinner to see if you've won! Various prizes will be awarded including a grand prize scholarship to attend NASN2023 in Orlando, Florida! NASN thanks participating exhibitors for their support. We encourage you to make your stop at their booths worthwhile. They have much knowledge and insights to share with you! Exhibitors Participating in the Passport Game ...

Sexual Health Toolkit

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Schools are one venue that offer valuable opportunities for improving adolescent health. Schools are well-positioned to help reduce adolescents’ risk for HIV infection and other STDs through sexual health education, access to sexual health services, and safe and supportive environments. NASN has recently released a new Sexual Health Toolkit , produced with support from the CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health. The Sexual Health Toolkit is an easily accessible source of information for schools and school nurses interested in promoting efforts to reduce HIV, other STDs, and unintended pregnancy, as well as reduce behaviors that contribute to ...

Equity Taskforce

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OSNA will be convening an Equity Taskforce this summer. After the enthusiastic response to our conference workshop on "Racism as a Public Health Crisis," we recognize among our members an interest in and commitment to exploring issues around equity. This group will examine how we, as an organization, can apply an equity filter to the work we do and articulate opportunities for individual nurses to continue on their journies toward inclusivity. If you are interested in this work, please send me an email (using an address you monitor in the summer). Have a great summer, :)W
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Hi All, Before summer begins, we wanted to be sure that you had the opportunity to join in with committee's this summer. in July and August, the Legislative Committee will determine the OSNA legislative agenda for the 2023 long session, and some drafting of legislative concepts will be done. Building relationships with potential sponsors from the legislature will also continue throughout the summer.  The Memberhsip Committee is starting up, as well! Fall conference will be virtual and Spring will be next April at the Wilsonville Holiday Inn. If you are interested in participating in either committee, please email me!  If you tiurn off your work email ...
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Looking forward to seeing you! Regiister HERE . :)W
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We had over 130 attendees at our first ever summer conference! We enjoyed wonderful food, networking and outstanding speakers.  Stay tuned for plans for our next conference!!!  Have a wonderful summer!!!