Texas School Nurses Organization

June 2018

Mission Statement & Vision Statement

To enhance whole student wellness in support of health and learning by advancing school nursing practice.

Student access to health and learning. All day. Every day.

This newsletter takes NASN’s Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice approach.

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President's Message

The devastation and senseless tragedies that Texans have faced this year have not broken us but have brought people of all walks of life and backgrounds together. As school nurses, we need to strengthen our resilience so in times of stress and adverse experiences, we can help those in our care. We need to take care of ourselves- reflect, relax and recharge.

Reflect on this past school year. What made you struggle? What did you learn? What did you achieve? Whose lives did you touch? What do you want to accomplish in 2018-2019? What do you need to do to make that happen? Reflective practice, if done well, can greatly improve your skills as a health care provider.

Relax and practice self-care. There are potential effects of self-care to increase our effectiveness and influence positive student care outcomes. (article attached below) Self-care is crucial for our physical, emotional and mental well-being.

The end of the school year can bring with it a realization that you are exhausted and drained. Summertime is a perfect time to recharge. In order to recharge and get motivated, it’s important to give yourself permission to pause and do something enriching for you. This will give you a chance to redirect your focus and energy.

Sláinte (health) to you,

Lisa Sicilio, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN

Call to Action! NASN Supplemental Vote. Please Vote!

Dear TSNO Colleagues,

Deadline June 1, 2018 - midnight

You received an email from NASN regarding a supplemental vote for NASN Vice-President. Even if you didn't vote in the first round, you are eligible to vote in this Supplemental Ballot. All of the candidates have served on the NASN Board of Directors with distinction. Please take a minute today to read their bios and determine whose message resonates with you the most. You will need to rank order your preferences from 1 to 4.

How to vote:
1. Go to: https://portal.nasn.org/members_online/members/surveys.asp
2. LOGIN: You MUST login first to be given access to the ballot
3. Select the VOTE button

Thank you for acting with the power of your membership and for investing in your profession!

Laurie Combe MN, RN, NCSN
National Association of School Nurses President Elect


Congratulations to our newest National Certified School Nurses!!

Professional certification in school nursing provides an ongoing, quality credentialing process for eligible school nurses. Certification represents a national standard of preparation, knowledge, and practice.

Julia Ewing from Garland TX

Carole Gish from Boerne TX

Jennifer Kriska from Plano TX

For more information on becoming certified, visit The National Board for Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN)


5 Things Schools Can Do To Empower Students

Many school-age children are exposed to a wide variety of stressful and potentially traumatic events that overwhelms their natural ability to be resilient and healthy. As school nurses, we can help reverse the effects of adverse childhood experiences by empowering the students in our care. Great article from January 1, 2017 5 Things Schools Can Do To Empower Students


School Nurses are Leaders Now

Today's aging school nursing workforce, with large numbers of nurses eligible to retire, calls for recruitment and to retain talented school nurses who can lead school nursing toward improve student care. TSNO also has a need for school nurses to volunteer for leadership roles in the organization. What legacy do you want to leave?

Making the Transition to Leader - Inspirational Leadership


NASN Update

Each year at the NASN Conference they have a Purses for Nurses Event which is a silent auction to raise money for the NASN Endowment. This year they will not have it but instead, please consider donating to the President's Challenge $50 for 50 years. The Endowment is an investment in future research, special projects, and scholarship opportunities.

Please read a message from Nina Fekaris, NASN President.

I would like to challenge every school nurse to step up to this year's President's Challenge $50 for 50 Years of NASN! Contributing $1 for every year NASN has been serving the needs of students and school nurses.

Monies raised will provide the needed financial boost to conduct research; research that will provide evidence showing the positive impact of school nurses on student outcomes. ALL of your President's Challenge monies go into the NASN Endowment Fund, which is used to support research and NASN special projects. This research will move school nursing forward.

The stories you tell about how you helped a child get the glasses they need to see and learn, helped a family get medications for a child, showed a community that a healthy diet and daily exercise will help improve their lives, provided the necessary personal touch are wonderful. NOW, we need the data to back up our stories!

Help make an impact today by contributing $50 to celebrate 50 Years of NASN and show us you care about student health and learning!


NASN Virtual Hill Day

NASN will be launching it's first Virtual Hill Day, June 12 - 14, 2018 where members will be encouraged to Tweet, Email and Call their Member of Congress in support of the NURSE Act. (We have provided sample tweets, email and talking points.) We are four weeks out and I hope that you will share this widely with your networks and friends so that we get maximum participation.

Check out the Virtual Hill Day page!

Francis Luna, BSN, RN, NCSN

TX-NASN Director

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Pediatric Emergencies: For Out-of-Hospital Providers

Attend this live seminar and leave REFRESHED, ENLIGHTENED, and CONFIDENT, as you will:
  • Learn, enhance, and sharpen your assessment skills!
  • Learn practical tools and tips to use on your next patient emergency!
  • Learn how to: effectively communicate, transfer, and document emergencies!
  • Network with peers, exchange ideas, and extinguish concerns!


Screening Rules Update

Hearing Screening- No Changes

Vision Screening- No Changes in requirements. Impact of HB 3157. The gold standard according to the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology for testing for visual acuity in children 6 and older is an approved eye chart. HB 3157 does not require but allows use of photo screening technology as a part of screening process. See Picture below.

  • If you choose to screen students 6 and older with a photoscreener, you must still screen for visual acuity with a wall chart.

Spinal Screening- Impact of HB 1076

  • Girls will be screened once at age 10 and again at age 12
  • Boys will be screened one time at age 13 or 14

Information will be updated for both Vision and Spinal Programs. The handout from the Vision, Hearing and Spinal Screening Programs webinar is attached below for your reference. If you have questions, you may contact VHSSprogram@dshs.texas.gov

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2018-2019 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students in Grades K-12

2018-2019 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students in Grades K-12

The 2018-2019 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students in Grades K-12 are now available.

2018-2019 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Child-Care Facilities

The 2018-2019 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Child-Care Facilities are now available.

No additional extension to provisional enrollment is planned at this time. After November 1, 2017, students will need to have an up-to-date immunization record or an exemption on file to stay in school. Under Texas Administrative Code, a 30-day provisional enrollment is still allowed in the following situations:

  • Foster children enrolling in a new school
  • Active duty military dependents enrolling in a new school
  • Homeless students enrolling in a new school
  • Students that have at least one dose of each vaccine required can be provisionally enrolled until the next dose(s) is due.
  • Students transferring from another school within Texas

If you have questions about provisional enrollment, contact the School Compliance Team at schoolimm@dshs.texas.gov.

If a student meets certain eligibility requirements, s/he is able to participate in the Texas Vaccines for Children program. More information can be found at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/immunize/tvfc/

Immunization Requirements for Students Displaced by Hurricane Harvey
A letter with information on how immunization requirements should be handled for students displaced by Hurricane Harvey, as well as resources available for some of those students is now available.

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Upcoming Professional School Nurse Networking and Learning Opportunities


6/6/18-6/7/18 Scott and White School Nurse Conference

6/7/18-6/8/18: School Nurse Conference Region 17

6/10/18 - 6/12/18: Texas School Nurse Administrator Association Conference

6/11-12/18 Region 12 Collaboration with Ascension Health

6/14/18 Cook Children's School Nurse Symposium

6/21/18 Region 13 School Nurse Conference , Session ID SU1838884

6/30-7/3/18 NASN 2018 Baltimore, MD


7/13/18 Cook Children's School Nurse Symposium

7/25/18 Belle Blackwell Conference, Houston ISD


8/2/18 Region III ESC School Nurse Conference Session ID #165765

8/8/18 Region 20 Back to School Nurse conference Session ID # 44614

For Fun

Summer Reading

Looking for a good book for summer reading? Check out this list on Medscape. If you don't have a Medscape login, it's free and easy.

Other recommendations from our Board-

TSNO President, Lisa Sicilio, recommends Inspired Nurse and Inspired Nurse Too - both by Rich Bluni (was a speaker when NASN was in Philadelphia)

NASN Director, Francis Luna, recommends Small Message, Big Impact: Building Your Persuasive Case by Terri Sjodin. Terri is scheduled to speak at NASN this summer.

From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public by Bernice Buresh & Suzanne Gordon

Book Recommendations by Linda Howard, TSNO Membership Coordinator - Reading now

Isaac’s Storm: A Man, A Time, and The Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson (enjoying)

Lies Women Believe: And the Truth the Sets Them Free by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth (beneficial)

For more recommendations from Linda, see attached list...

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SAVE THE DATE: TSNO 16th Annual Conference School Nurses: Practice with Purpose, Professionalism, & Passion

Saturday, Nov. 10th, 8am to Sunday, Nov. 11th, 2pm

7121 Bishop Road

Plano, TX

New this year... The 2018 TSNO conference will feature a Saturday and Sunday only format.

Time to Plan is Now

Excellence in School Nursing Poster Showcase

Please share your best practices with your fellow nurses. We want to showcase the ideas and programs that our varied and talented nurses across the state use in their practice at our Annual Conference in November in Plano. LVN abstracts must be co-authored by an RN. See "Poster Presentation - What, Why & How To", attached below.

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Power of the Purse

Power of the Purse is TSNO's state conference community fundraiser in which all proceeds will benefit City House.

The mission of City House is to provide emergency shelter and transitional residential services to at-risk children and young adults who are in need due to abuse, neglect or homelessness.

Purse Donation:To make the silent auction process run smoothly, we will be collecting information electronically on your donations. Buy your purse, go to Power of the Purse "Sign up". You will have the opportunity to give a description and value of each purse. Please indicate if you are mailing or bringing to conference your donation.

Please bring your purse for donation to the conference registration desk by Friday, Nov 9th or mail them along with your name, value and description of the purse to:

Texas School Nurses Organization, Inc.

819 W. Arapaho Rd., Suite 24B, #345

Richardson, TX 75080

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Are you IN?

Connect with with TSNO on LinkedIn and grow your professional network!

TSNO Executive Committee


PRESIDENT Lisa Sicilio - Region 6


PRESIDENT-ELECT Lisa Formby - Region 16


TREASURER Aida Salazar - Region 19


Secretary Adalia Del Bosque - Region 1


NASN DIRECTOR Francis Luna - Region X







ADVOCACY CHAIR Chanthini Thomas - Region IV


SCHOOL HEALTH ISSUES Karen Schwind - Region 13


MEMBER SERVICES Sara Koenig - Region 20 sarakoenig.tsno@gmail.com


Membership Coordinator Linda Howard - Region 8


REGION PRESIDENTS Coordinator Deana Bunting - Region 5 deanabunting.tsno@gmail.com

EXHIBIT LIAISON Amy Huey - Region X ahuey.tsno@gmail.com