Texas School Nurses Organization

January 2020

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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.


President's Message

Welcome to 2020,

I hope you all have had a restful break, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The school year is half over so we only have a short time to make an impact on the lives of the students we treat each day. I challenge you to make an effort to be kind to all students and staff, to dig a little deeper into why the ‘frequent flyer’ is really coming to see you and to be an advocate for all under your care. We are members of the most trusted profession. People trust us with their secrets, their fears and their wants.

This is part of the reason that 2020 has been named ‘The Year of the Nurse and Midwife’.

In January of 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) had a meeting where the director-general of the W.H.O., Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, made the official proposal to declare 2020 the year of the nurse and the midwife.

Dr. Ghebreyesus spoke of how nurses are the "bridge" of healthcare, a crucial link between the people of the community and the complex healthcare system. Nurses are on the "front lines" of healthcare, he says, and because of this, they are the key factor in achieving universal health coverage, which is an initiative the W.H.O is spearheading for the sake of bringing adequate healthcare to humans across the globe.

Dr. Ghebreyesus, who is an incredibly accomplished and impactful public health advocate, spoke with much pride and endearment of the nursing body, expressing how the role of nursing shall be "amplified and promoted" as the work of W.H.O. and Nursing Now moves forward.

Towards the end of his declaration, he sealed the deal by bringing attention to the fact that 2020 is also the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale, and according to Dr. Ghebreyesus, "we need to celebrate people like her who have contributed greatly to humanity."

I encourage you to take the opportunity to toot your own horn, show those around you what you do everyday and don’t let anyone tell you that you are just a nurse. I take such pride in saying that I am a nurse. When one of the kids or staff calls me doctor I am quick to say that I am not a doctor I AM A NURSE.

With that said, a previous member of the TSNO executive committee is currently serving as the President of NASN. Now we have a past president, Lisa Sicilio, running for Vice President of NASN. TSNO should be feeling very proud! Read all about the candidates here https://www.nasn.org/about-nasn/elections



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National Certification

The Nationally Certified School Nurse credential reflects competence and professionalism. To earn the NCSN a nurse must demonstrate a high level of education, clinical practice experience and knowledge.

To learn more visit https://www.nbcsn.org/

Congratulations to our 19 Newly Nationally Certified School Nurses!

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20 in 2020!!

Did you set a New Year's Resolution to become a Nationally Certified School Nurse? What a great goal! Here at TSNO, our goal for 2020 is 20 new Certified School Nurses! Will you be one of them? Click the photo to access the NBCSN website!
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Find information and resources from CDC on these topics and more!

  • Make sure families get information about school meal programs
  • Encourage students to start their day with school breakfast
  • Give students enough time to each school lunch
  • Promote healthy eating throughout the school day
  • Make nutrition education an important part of instruction
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Upcoming Webinars

Using What You Have: How Small Programs Can Have Large Impacts

Wednesday, January 15, 2019 | 3:00 pm Central
Limited resources or a small budget doesn’t mean student health and wellness should be put on a wish list. In fact, even the smallest of programs can have significant, long-lasting impacts and serve as the starting point for change. Join Action for Healthy Kids, a leader in school wellness – committed to healthy and equitable schools, to explore how limited resources can go the distance. Hear from schools doing a lot with a little and how they impact student health and wellness. WSCC Components: Intersection of all


The Value of Membership

Could you refer just one friend to join TSNO/NASN if you shared this little tidbit?

Did you know that, for less than $160 per year (the cost of TSNO/NASN membership), you can bring valuable vision resources to your students? Imagine if each student you provided with a VSP Global vision voucher required an eye exam and glasses valued at $400. If you used 25 vouchers for qualifying students, you would save your school community $10,000! See the PDF below for more information, and if you are ready for a friend referral, share this link:


This is just one example of how membership pays for itself! Stay tuned for more examples!


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Starting January 6th and it's not too late!

Develop a 20/20 Vision for Your Wellness in 2020- A Very Special Offer for You!

Thanks for attending the TSNO Conference in San Antonio November 1-2, 2019. We are extremely pleased that 277 attendees completed the Living WELL Aware wellness survey. WOW! The difficulty now is making lasting changes to improve our health and happiness and that of those with whom we interact. Change is NOT easy! How can we increase the likelihood of developing goals and implementing a plan to make lasting improvements? By staying involved and committed to the pursuit of wellness!

We are excited to announce that TNSO is partnering with Dr. Patricia Sulak to help us on our wellness journey. Beginning January 6, 2020, Dr. Sulak will begin an evening online live 13-week wellness course which will guide attendees through the essential elements to health and happiness - - and so much more! This is NOT a repeat of the book and workbook. Webinar sessions will be held through ZOOM on Mondays from 7:30pm to 8:30pm and will be easy to access on computer or by phone. Cost of the course is $195 but for school nurses only is reduced to only $99 through December 12. That’s less than $8 per session to hear Dr. Sulak for many hours!

Develop a 20/20 Vision for Your WELLNESS in 2020 by traveling the journey with Dr. Sulak who will guide us in the key elements to improve our well-being. Follow up anonymous health surveys will be sent out at 3, 6, and 12 months to tract the results of the group. Get on the wellness wagon and Make 2020 The Year of the New YOU! For more information and to register: https://tsno2020visionfor2020.eventbrite.com

For ANY questions relating to this event, please contact dana@livingwellaware.com

Patricia J. Sulak, MD

Living WELL Aware LLC


Download the Flier with all the links you need to sign up and Live Well Aware in 2020!


Did you know...

The TSNO website has a "Resource" link with so much valuable information in just one click of the mouse! Examples include advocacy tools, AED's, asthma resources, confidentiality, diabetes care manual, federal agency links, food allergies, models, IHP Templates (my personal favorite), position statements, Scope and Standards, and so much more! Check it out at this link:



TSNO Executive Committee


PRESIDENT Lisa Formby - Region 16


PRESIDENT-ELECT Karen Schwind - Region 13


TREASURER Luisa Herrera- Region 19


Secretary Sarah Alexander - Region 15


NASN DIRECTOR Francis Luna - Region X








SCHOOL HEALTH ISSUES Amber Cichockia- Region X


MEMBER SERVICES Denise Kablaitis - Region 13



Membership Coordinator Linda Howard - Region 8


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

Communications Coordinator Brandy Bowlen - Region IV bbowlen1@kleinisd.net

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


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Do you know an amazing school nurse? Do you think the whole world should know? Tell their story here in an upcoming newsletter!