Texas School Nurses Organization

September 2019

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

I hope everyone is back in the swing for the new school year. How lucky we are that we get the opportunity to shape the lives of the leaders of tomorrow. The first few weeks of school went as fast as summer did. It will be Christmas break before we can blink our eyes.

There were several bills passed that will affect school health. As soon as TEA lets us know how they want us to proceed we will let you know. One is the requirement for parent notification if there is not a ‘Full Time School Nurse’ on the campus. If our parents take the time to read it they will be surprised. It is mind boggling how many people think there is a school nurse in every school building every hour of the school day.

If you have new school nurses in your district remember to invite them to become members of TSNO. There are so many benefits in membership. One of those is a reduced rate to our annual conference. This year it will be in San Antonio on the beautiful riverwalk. The brochure is on-line and registration is open. We have some excellent speakers lined up that you don’t want to miss.

This year the money we raise from Power of the Purse will go to start a fund to help other school nurses out when they experience a disaster. The money that was sent in to TSNO when Hurricane Harvey hit was from all over the United States and helped some of our nurses so much. We felt like we needed to be able to help others out so we will start a fund for this. Come to conference and bid on the purses and help support nurses across the nation.

As you go through the rest of the semester I want you to remember to smile, offer a kind word, give a hug when needed and just ‘be there’ for our children. Some of these little ones are so lost and don’t really know what love looks like.

Cheerfulness gives sweetness to life. – Philippine Proverb

Have a great month September and I hope you all register for the conference in November.

Lisa Formby

President TSNO


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Innovation in School Nursing

NASN Position Statements are supported by evidence-based research, regulations, law or best practice that articulate an official stance of the organization on issues relevant to its mission and are intended as an instrument of change to promote a collective response to issues of importance. Position statements guide policy-shaping efforts. In June 2019, the NASN Board approved the following position statements. Share these with fellow nursing colleagues, school community leaders, and legislators. These and more can be found on the main NASN website by scrolling down to Resources & Publications.

· Nursing Delegation in the School Setting

· Emergency Preparedness

· School-sponsored Before, After, and Extended School Year Programs – The Role of the School Nurse

· School-sponsored Trips – The Role of the School Nurse

· Service Animals in Schools

I hope to inspire nurse leaders like yourself, toward innovation of change for the over 5.4 million students in Texas.


Francis Luna, MSN, RN, NCSN

NASN-TX Director


Thank you Linda Howard for sharing! Did you know?

Take a look at this free mental health resource found in the NASN library (with up to 12 free CEU's are provided and participants do not have to be a NASN members to access the training):


Some of the titles of modules include:

Pediatric psychopharmacology

Mental Health Intervention for health providers in schools

Mental health to support student learning (of educators and school staff)

Support hospital to school transition

Suicide prevention

There are many more mental health modules there and each module has stand alone CEUs. These training modules are located on University of Marylands School of Behavioral Medicine’s website.

And... NASN also has an excellent position statement on school nursing and mental behavioral health, https://www.nasn.org/advocacy/professional-practice-documents/position-statements/ps-behavioral-health?CLK=a3b7b44c-9da2-4b64-b118-921b6abe074e .



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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Do you have students who suffer with eczema? Consider collaborating with Allergy & Asthma Network in this impactful initiative by sharing their survey!

Want better treatment options than you have today?

Let us hear from you!

"More Than Skin Deep" is a patient-focused drug development (PFDD) initiative. On September 23, 2019 we'll have a meeting with representatives of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), pharmaceutical companies and research institutions.

Your treatment priorities are essential to the "More Than Skin Deep" initiative to bring patient perspectives into the development of new therapies for eczema.

Your input via a survey will inform that discussion and be part of the final report. Complete the survey and be entered into a drawing to win one of ten $50 Amazon gift cards.

Take the Survey Now!

The PFDD series began in 2013 as a way for FDA and clinical trial sponsors to understand more fully the burdens of living with a particular medical condition, what matters most to patients in terms of treatment benefits, and what risks and side effects they're willing to tolerate. Allergy & Asthma Network is collaborating with four other organizations to make the "More Than Skin Deep" initiative the most impactful yet.

Your voice and perspectives are essential for us to demonstrate that eczema is "more than skin deep." Please be part of this landmark effort by taking the survey today!

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And the Winner Is...

Congratulations to the 2019 School Nurse of the Year!

Leslie Shields from Region X – Leslie has been a school nurse for 12 years and is the 2019 Region X School Nurse of the Year. She currently works for Garland ISD on the South Garland High School campus. Her practice as a school nurse is an example to all school nurses of what an elevated standard of care should look like. Her commitment to her community and campus is evident by her “out of the box” approach to nursing. This is illustrated by her utilization of using technology to decrease medication errors on her campus. Or by using technology to work with special needs students to move the student towards independence. She is called upon yearly to act as mentor to new staff and students with budding medical careers. It is her ability to self-reflect and easily change her practice that makes her unique.


In case you missed it...

How School Nurses Can Help Principals Combat Student Vaping- Ed Week

Did you miss the recent Ed Week Blog Post about school nurses, principals, and working together to put an end to the vaping crisis featuring Laurie Combe? Check it out here!



Do You Have a Great Idea for a Poster Presentation??

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 November in San Antonio. LVN abstracts must be co-authored by an RN.

View a presentation, What, Why and How To to learn more.

Poster Guidelines Download guidelines and application, due no later than October 15, 2019

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Are you seeing an increase in Influenza cases already this year? NASN has great resources!



Free CEU Opportunity from Texas Health Steps!

Texas Health Steps Online Provider Education

Newsletter Article

Timely, topical courses and new features join Texas Health Steps online library

Texas Health Steps Online Provider Education has expanded its library with new and updated courses on maternal health, mental health screening, newborn screening, and other timely topics, plus a suite of new interactive features.

Texas Health Steps’ 50+ free online courses focus on child, adolescent, and maternal health topics and provide updated clinical and best practice guidelines. Courses are specifically geared to Texas Medicaid providers but are relevant to all Texas primary care providers. Many courses provide free CE credit.

New CE topics include childhood anxiety disorders, postpartum health, and newborn screening for X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (XALD). Other newly developed courses cover postpartum depression screening, cytomegalovirus (CMV), adolescent e-cigarette use, and making referrals to Texas Medicaid services such as private duty nursing (PDN) and physical/occupational/speech therapy. The interactive courses come in a variety of formats, from five-minute quick courses to full-length courses that take about an hour to complete.

New features include a full-length course about conducting Texas Health Steps medical checkups and a tutorial about using the Periodicity Schedule, plus a resource center with links to forms, tools, and information from Texas Health Steps and Texas Medicaid.



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Can You Help?


Are you willing to participate in a research study to share your experiences and perceptions about working with children who are homeless?

You are eligible to participate if you:

· Have worked as a school nurse for a minimum of 1 school year and are currently providing direct nursing care to elementary school-aged children in grades PK-5

· Are English speaking

· Are computer literate with access to a computer with Internet service and email for electronic communications

· Are available to meet and complete semi-structured interview guide in person or by phone

If you are interested, please contact:

Michele Wilson MSN, RN

UTMB Doctoral Candidate

Email: mmwilson@utmb.edu

Phone: (512)789-4933

For each completed interview, you will receive a $10 gift certificate.

This study is under the direction of Yolanda Davila PhD, RN (409)772-8237

and has been approved by

UTMB Institutional Review Board.

All participation is voluntary.


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:


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FARE is spreading awareness of food allergies where people work, play, live, and study by working with organizations that care about food allergies, or that want to learn more about the issue and share with their audiences. Learn more here: https://www.foodallergy.org/take-action/collaborator-program

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September 19, 2019

Nursing Professional Development and Education Council present Professional Day 2019: Evidence-Based Approaches to Care in Pediatrics and Obstetrics.

Join us at the Texas Children’s® Medical Center Campus, West Campus, or The Woodlands on Thursday, September 19th, 2019.

Professional Day is a system wide conference targeted to high-quality team based education internally and throughout the community specific to pediatrics, obstetrics, and professional practice. This unique nursing led conference aligns with the National Academy of Medicine Nursing Future of Nursing 2020-2030 goals and supports Texas Children’s Magnet® excellence.

At the conclusion of this continuing education activity, participants will be able to enhance quality care and patient outcomes through evidence-based practice in the area of pediatrics, obstetrics, and professional practice.

Internal Texas Children’s® employees or external community attendees may attend one or more sessions at any campus with confirmed registration.


Target Audience

Any healthcare provider in pediatrics and obstetrics, including registered nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, social workers and other interprofessional team members.

Conference registration fees

  • TCH employee (excludes Baylor): No charge
  • Student: $30 full day/$15 half-day
  • Non-TCH employee: $60 full day/$30 half day

REGISTER https://www.texaschildrens.org/health-professionals/conferences/professional-day


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Sunny Thomas Memorial Award deadline is coming up next month. All applications must be postmarked no later than October 15th. The purpose of this award is to promote continuing education for the school nurse. It provides up to $1000 stipend for one Texas school nurse to attend the NASN conference. Details can be found at Access Guidelines and Application Form.


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TSNO Executive Committee


PRESIDENT Lisa Formby - Region 16


PRESIDENT-ELECT Karen Schwind - Region 13


TREASURER Luisa Herrera- Region 19


Secretary Kara DeLay - Region 8


NASN DIRECTOR Francis Luna - Region X







ADVOCACY CHAIR Chanthini Thomas - Region IV


SCHOOL HEALTH ISSUES Adalia Del Bosque - Region 1


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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