Texas School Nurses Organization
To promote, protect, and enhance professional school nurse practice through advocacy, evidence-based education, collaboration, and partnerships that support each student’s well-being and readiness to learn.
This newsletter takes NASN’s Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice approach.
I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful summer with family and friends. Back-to-School is around the corner and can be very challenging in organizing your thoughts, time and energy effectively. Let NASN’s Back-to-School Toolkit ease your load by providing you tools for students, families and in your school nursing practice. This reminds me that creativity is an essential part of the critical thinking process in nursing. Creativity is the ability to develop and implement new and better health care solutions for your students, families and school community. I encourage all school nurses to please read, Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child-Calling School Nurses to Action in NASN School Nurse (July 2016) or listen to the NASN Podcast. TSNO members and co-authors, Laurie Combe and Brandy Bowlen highlights their creativity in utilizing the Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community (ASCD & CDC, 2015) model in providing a coordinated and collaborative approach for the whole child in their school community. Let this inspire and encourage you in advancing your creativity to the next level.
The NASN Framework for the 21st Century School Nursing Practice has been available since 2015. Now is more important than ever to have this posted in your clinic as parents come to visit with you at the beginning of the school year. This dynamic and visual tool offers you a starting point of discussion of the Role of the 21st Century School Nurse and how its health care is student-centered. Let’s speak that same narrative and promote our specialized nursing practice with our parents and in your school community.
I’m pleased to announce TSNO membership is currently at 2,138 strong. My challenge to all TSNO members is to recruit one new member this school year. We can double in size if we all work together in making TSNO stronger, more visible and heard louder at the Capital on legislative issues that effects student’s health care in Texas. So let’s make this a reality, give a fellow nurse colleague an application today and invite them to join.
I wish you all an amazing school year!
School Nurse Administrator of the Year Deadline Extended
Access Guidelines and Application Form.
Sunny Thomas Memorial Award
Purpose: To promote continuing education for the school nurse. Award: Provides up to $1000 stipend to one Texas school nurse to attend NASN conference or AHI & NASN Advances in School Nursing. Application must be postmarked NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 15!
Purpose: To promote continuing education for the school nurse.
Award: Provides up to $1000 stipend to one Texas school nurse to attend NASN conference or AHI & NASN Advances in School Nursing.
Application must be postmarked NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 15!
Be sure to check out the scholarship criteria and applications for the CNE Scholarship, Education Scholarship, and the NBCSN Exam Scholarship Reimbursement. Application Deadlines are October 15th.
Standards of Practice
ANCC Preferred order for your credentials
All nurses using a standard for credential display ensures that everyone understand just how important and significant our education, licenses, certifications and honors are.How to display your credentials.
The American Nurses Association's Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements
Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals
Documentation is not optional
Do’s and don’ts of charting (not just for nursing students!)
- Do report critical values according to parent or doctor
- Do use blue or black ink
- Do be concise and to the point
- Don’t state your opinion- stay objective
- Don’t erase or alter a chart
- Don’t chart ahead of time
- Don’t write a novel
Community / Public Health
Support Healthy Eating in Schools
Zika Virus - Guidance for Schools
School Nurses Are Natural Leaders
Recently, while discussing leadership with my staff, it was clear that the majority considered themselves leaders. School Nurses lead by advocating for individual students and groups of students, by educating staff about the care of students while at school, by proposing system wide changes that impact all students within their school district and by their involvement in state and federal advocacy efforts.
Today, I make a call to action for Texas School Nurses to engage in advocacy at the state level. The 2010 Institute of Medicine report on The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” (2010) called for the creation of new partnerships and strategic alliances which engaged nurses to improve the quality of health care provided to Americans. In response to the IOM report, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP formed the Campaign for Action to advance the nation’s health through nursing. The Campaign called for action coalitions to form within each state to address 7 issues:
- · Improve access to care
- · Foster interprofessional collaboration
- · Promote nursing leadership
- · Transform Nursing Education
- · Increase Diversity in Nursing
- · Collect Workforce Data
- · Build healthier communities
The Texas Team is one of the most active teams in the nation. TSNO is a member organization of this effort and has a representative to one of the regional groups. In a state as large as Texas, school nurses need to a seat at the table in each region.
I am asking YOU to engage with your Regional Team to improve understanding of the key role school nurses play in the future of this nation’s health and to inform decisions about systems change that impact the children we serve. You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about this effort and to share your experiences with your Regional Texas Team.
Laurie G. Combe, MN, RN, NCSN
NASN Director, Texas
NASN Executive Committee
Klein ISD Health Services Coordinator
CDC Emergency preparedness and response
Texas Medicaid Medical and Dental policies available for comment.
HHSC has updated its Medicaid Medical and Dental Policy web page
by posting a draft Telehealth Services Policy for comment.
SAVE THE DATE: Texas School Nurses Organization Annual Conference at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk
Friday, Nov. 4th, 8am to Sunday, Nov. 6th, 12pm
111 East Pecan Street
San Antonio, TX
Conference brochure now available! Conference registration opens September 1st!
Nursing contact hours have been applied for through the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
Save the Date!
TSNO Executive Committee
PRESIDENT Francis Luna - Region X
PRESIDENT-ELECT Lisa Sicilio - Region 6
TREASURER Joan Cary - Region X
Secretary Adalia Del Bosque - Region 1
NASN DIRECTOR Laurie Combe - Region 4
NOMINATIONS COORDINATOR Katie Morton - Region X
STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS:
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Diane Hunt Bullard - Region 20 email@example.com
ADVOCACY CHAIR Chanthini Thomas - Region IV
SCHOOL HEALTH ISSUES Karen Schwind - Region 13
MEMBER SERVICES Art Oaxaca Region 19
Membership Coordinator Linda Howard - Region 8
REGION PRESIDENTS Coordinator Sarah Batson - Region 17
EXHIBIT LIAISON Lisa Formby - Region 16
MARKETING COORDINATOR Martha Anderson - Region 14
WEBSITE LIAISON Kara Delay - Region 8