Texas School Nurses Organization

May 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.


School Nurse Day 2020

President's Message

Good morning,

What a crazy end to the school year. I hope that you all have been able to physically, emotionally and mentally safe. I do have to admit that I wasn’t sure of my saneness a couple of times. I am way too much of an extrovert!

Happy School Nurse Day. You all are amazing and I am so proud to be able to say that I am a SCHOOL NURSE. The governor has proclaimed May 6th as School Nurse Day in Texas. Please be sure to read the proclamation that he signed.

NASN held a media contest earlier this year. Texas had 1 honorable mention and 2 of the main winners. NASN will be posting their videos during Nurses Week. They are schedule to be shown on May 4th, May 5th and the last one on May 6th. You will want to watch these. Ladies we are so very proud of you.

I know that a lot of us are worried about what is going to happen next school year. NASN is in the process of developing a ‘Return to School’ plan. The plan will be shared with all once it is finalized. NASN also has a petition on social media requesting the hiring of 10,000 school nurses. They feel that now, more than ever, we need a school nurse in every school – All day, Every day. Wouldn’t that be great?!?

There are also a couple of surveys, about COVID19, that are asking for the opinion of school nurses. One is from NASN and the other is from the University of Delaware Disaster Research Center. These are both very important surveys and I need all of you to fill them out. There is also a survey from DSHS asking if you would be willing to help with contact tracing of COVID19. It was sent out with the Friday beat and is on our webpage but we have provided the links in this newsletter.

I never would have dreamed that a school year could end the way this one is going to. With the lifting of restrictions I ask you all to be smart. You are a health professional and you know what you need to do to stay healthy. This is our opportunity to lead by example. This is our opportunity as School Nurse to SHINE.

From 6 feet away,


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Lisa Formby, TSNO President on School Nurse Day 2020

A Word From TSNO- NASN Director Francis Luna!

Texas NASN Director Francis Luna on School Nurse Day 2020!

A Word From TSNO President-Elect Karen Schwind!

TSNO President-Elect Karen Schwind School Nurse Day 2020

Happy School Nurse Day 2020 from your TSNO Executive Committee


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NASN Releases Recommendations for Return to School!


With May just around the corner, Mental Health America (MHA) is proud to announce that our highly anticipated May is Mental Health Month toolkit is FINALLY HERE!

Since 1949, Mental Health America and our affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings.

We welcome other organizations to join us in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about by using the May is Mental Health Month toolkit materials and conducting awareness activities.

While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health.

In 2020, our theme of Tools 2 Thrive will provide practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situations they are dealing with.

We always intended to focus MHA’s Mental Health Month toolkit this year on resiliency, offering tools to thrive at any time. We now believe that these tools even those that we all may have to adapt for the short term because of social distancing will be more useful than ever.

Our toolkit includes sample materials for communications and social media as well as printable handouts on the following topics:

  • Owning Your Feelings
  • Finding the Positive
  • Eliminating Toxic Influences
  • Creating Healthy Routines
  • Supporting Others
  • Connecting with Others

*Additionally, the toolkit includes a new info-graphic about mental health and COVID-19.

Access the 2020 May is Mental Health Month toolkit at www.mhanational.org/may. You’ll need to fill out a quick form before being taken to the download page.


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/


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The University of Delaware Disaster Research Center is conducting a study on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic


The University of Delaware Disaster Research Center is conducting a study on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are writing to ask your assistance in learning more about the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are interested in learning about the experiences of a broad range of health care workers. We especially hope to learn about the experiences of your membership at work, the types of information and support they received, and how others in and outside of their workplace may have been treated during this time period. Findings from the study will be shared with the wider community and may help future planning to similar events. We would like to invite them to participate in a short anonymous survey, and we would like to ask your assistance by notifying them of this study and by providing them with a link to the survey:


By way of a brief introduction, the Disaster Research Center is the oldest center in the world devoted to the social science and management aspects of disasters, founded in 1963. Since then we have conducted hundreds of studies on various crises, emergencies, and disasters. We are always grateful to the participants in our studies, whose time and thoughtfulness enables advances in disaster science. More information on the Disaster Research Center can be found at our website drc.udel.edu. We hope that you will help us. Please feel free to reach out and we’re glad to talk further about our study.


Nuno Martins, P.h.D.


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It's School Nurse of the Year and School Nurse Administrator of the Year Nomination Time!

Do you know a great nurse? Share all that she (he) does for students, faculty, and community by nominating that nurse for Texas School Nurse of the Year. One applicant per region, must be submitted through the Region President. For application go to: http://www.txsno.org/abouttsno/awards/schoolnurseoftheyear

Is your School Nurse Administrator head and shoulders above the rest? Do you want to recognize him or her for their leadership in school health? Then recognize them for the School Nurse Administrator of the Year award. For more information go to: http://www.txsno.org/tsno/abouttsno/awards/schoolnurseadministratoroftheyear

Applications due by June 15th.


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


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Great News from the American College of Education!


As a school nurse, families rely on you for information to keep their children safe. While students aren’t directly in your care right now, you know it’s important for you to keep learning so you’re ready to provide the best care when school is finally back in session.

Due to the intense demands on medical personnel right now because of the coronavirus pandemic, we have decided to move our next RN to MSN cohort to the August 17, 2020 term. However, students who intend to enroll in the August RN to MSN term are encouraged to begin with general education classes with the May 18, 2020 term. PLUS, you will still have the opportunity to receive one of 15 half-tuition scholarships and may use the scholarship toward those general education classes. The bottom line: You can earn a BSN and MSN for less than $10,000. Read all the details here.

One more bonus: Students who apply by May 6 and enroll by May 8 will have their application fee credited toward their first-term tuition. That’s a savings of $50!

If you or any associate degree nurses you know might benefit from this accelerated program – and want to take advantage of this scholarship opportunity and early application fee credit – please feel free to share this email with them in time to apply for our May 18 term.

Know someone who could benefit from the scholarship? Contact Janet Miller

Apply Now



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Free Weekly Wellness Webinar for School Nurses!

Click Below!


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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The School Nurse & Coronavirus


Click Here to Sign the Petition to Fund 10,000 School Nurses!

**Survey Extended to May 11th**


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NASN 2020 Goes Virtual! Click the link for more info!

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President’s Endowment Challenge: Double Down for Data

The President's Endowment Challenge: Double Down for Data is inspired by the "year of the 2." This fund is launched in 2020. In 2020, we celebrate the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale and an NASN president serves a 2-year term.

Funders who support NASN's programming want to see school nurse data. Collecting, analyzing, and disseminating school nurse data takes dollars. When you donate to this fund, no amount is too small --- 2, $20, $200, or double your last contribution. If every member contributed $2, the NASN Endowment Fund would grow by $34,000.

For more information: https://www.nasn.org/give


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:



Save the Date!


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







ADVOCACY CHAIR Becca Harkleroad- Region 13


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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