Texas School Nurses Organization

May 2019- National School Nurse Day May 8th, 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.

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Official Declaration!

What School Nurses Make by Lisa Sicilio, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN

President's Message

May is here and school is almost over. The year has flown. Happy School Nurse Day to all of you. What you do each day is so important to the future lives of the children you serve. Included in this newsletter is a poem that Lisa Sicilio changed the wording in to reflect school nursing.

I hope as you have made your plans for summer they include attending NASN's annual conference in Denver. This years conference is special as one of our own will be inducted as the new president of NASN. Laurie Combe from the Houston area will be inducted. She worked for Klein ISD but with the responsibilities of being president of NASN she has retired from there but is doing school nurse and school health consulting. It is such an honor for me to be able to call Laurie Combe my friend and I can't wait to celebrate her in Denver.

TSNO Annual Conference will be in San Antonio on the Riverwalk this fall and we are working on a great line up of speakers to help advance you in your career as a school nurse.

Hope you all have a restful and fun summer.


Lisa Formby, RN

TSNO President

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NASN Update News**

School Nurses: Advocates for 21st Century Student Health

The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report envisions the future where “primary care and prevention are central drivers of the health care system”. School nursing is at the forefront addressing this vision. School nurses must reach out further beyond speaking with other school nurses to influence perceptions, policy, and lawmakers. Join in today in advocating with Voice and Action. NASN has provided a toolkit for the 2019 National School Nurse Day for you to use in how and why school nurses are needed. Let’s join in the effort to influence and build key relationships and stakeholders that are necessary to expand awareness in school nursing and the benefits it offers for students to be healthy, safe and ready to learn.

Thank you for your care of students and nursing leadership,

Francis Luna, BSN, RN, NCSN

Evidence of Excellence Award

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On April 23rd, GISD Board of Trustees presented Francis Luna RN with the coveted Evidence of Excellence Award (and this is her third one!), recognizing her unflagging dedication to all our learners' health needs. Congratulations Francis! We are all so proud of you!

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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Volunteers Lead the Charge In Austin

On March 4, volunteers and staff from The Cooper Institute® traveled to Austin to educate the 86th Texas Legislature about the importance of building a healthier generation now and Well. Into the Future. Read more here and you might recognize some familiar names of Texas School Nurses:


Legislative Updates!

TSNO is supported by Legislative Attorney Kevin Stewart

Updates from Kevin

See below for the latest bill tracking report!

Thank you Chanthini for the format of the agenda below!!

Latest Updates as of 4/17/19
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The Relentless School Nurse Blog by Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN is always so full of amazing stories

See two great stories about Texas school nurses featured in Robin's blog last month!

Meet Kerri Pennington!

Meet Kerri Pennington, a Texas school nurse, who is sharing her story of #WhatHappenedAtSchoolToday. You will be as inspired as I was when you read how her efforts have created new pathways for student success in her rural Texas school.

Read more here: https://relentlessschoolnurse.com/2019/04/24/the-relentless-school-nurse-what-happened-at-school-today-featuring-kerri-pennington-msn-rn/

Meet Brandy Bowlen (that's me!)

The old adage "a picture is worth a thousand words" is illustrated in this photo sent by Brandy Bowlen, a school nurse from Texas. Brandy was responding to a Tweet thread about the nationwide shortage of school nurses:

Read more here: https://relentlessschoolnurse.com/2019/04/13/the-relentless-school-nurse-what-happened-in-school-today-how-one-school-nurse-bridges-the-wage-gap/

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School Nurse of the Year- Easier application process!

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.

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A Word from President-Elect Karen Schwind

More than 70,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017, and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) wants to bring that number down. Join DSHS and the University of Texas Health Science Center for free naloxone and opioid overdose education training. It’s being held May 28 in Fort Worth. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose and how to administer naloxone. Nurses and social workers may earn continuing education credits. Visit the registration page for more information.

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Image Above Taken from the Parents Toolbox: NASN Middle School Starts Here for School Nurses

Prevent Cancers Caused by HPV from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Message from your President Elect Karen Schwind

Ask me how to prevent 6 different kinds of cancer!

As many of you know, I represent TSNO on the American Cancer Society HPV Coalition. It is an honor for me to represent school nurses! We are one of the few nursing groups represented because we have the potential to make such a difference!

For those of you who have the opportunity to educated parents as well as students, I wanted to include several update links and information regarding this Cancer Prevention Vaccine for boys and girls! It is the recommendation to bundle HPV with the 7th grade booster vaccines. This timeframe allows for the best uptake of the vaccine in order for it to provide the efficacy to combat the HPV virus.

When notifiying parents about the 7th grade boosters their child must have by August 2019, be sure to include HPV as an option to bundle with Tdap and MCV. This is a great education opportunity for you to notify parents of the reasons for HPV vaccine series which is cancer prevention. These pointers taken from the CDC website:

· HPV is recommended for both boys and girls ages 11-12, can start as early as age 9.

· Complete the series before the 13th birthday to be most effective.

· Each HPV vaccine has gone through years of extensive safety testing before being licensed by the FDA.

· Most common side effects are pain, redness and dizziness. Suggest to remain seated for 15 minutes after receiving the shot to prevent falls from fainting. Children with allergy to yeast should not receive Gardasil.

· When the HPV vaccine series is completed, it can prevent cancer!

Prevent Cancers Caused by HPV from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of more than 150 viruses. About one in four people in the United States have it at any time. It usually does not cause symptoms, and can resolve on its own. But some HPV infections do not go away, and can lead to cancer (i.e., cervical, vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal, and rectal cancers, as well as cancers of the tongue, throat, and tonsils) in men and women. The HPV vaccine is most effective during adolescence, when the body produces more antibodies against the virus. Download a HPV Vaccine Promotional Toolkit and help spread the word about the HPV vaccine

Additional resources can be found at the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable Website.

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

Research Opportunity!

Research opportunity to give voice to school nurses caring for elementary students!

Please contact me to schedule an interview about homeless children:

Michele Wilson MSN RN



$10 gift card awarded for your participation

Free Event Thursday, May 16th!

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Breaking News! Membership Drive Starts Now!!

Have you heard? TSNO membership drive begins today! How would you like a $175 Amazon gift card? If you refer the most new members then you win this great prize! Think of the money as the equivalent of your membership fees for the following year :) In the event of a tie, a drawing would be the tie breaker. Here’s how:

-Refer a friend to sign up. Have them mention your name on the application. Once they sign up, you email Denise Kablaitis (Member Services Chair) @ denisek.tsno@gmail.com ! That’s all - let's increase our professional voice within the State!!!

New Membership Corner sharing segment!

Don't sit quietly, use your voice! Every month I will post a question, and will share your answers in next month's newsletter! Access the question of the month below!

The Results are In! You responded, and here's what you wanted to share!

Thank you so much for all of your responses!! Look at the results below! Very interesting. Enjoy the data!
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What did the data teach us?

S001 - School Nursing: Scope and Standards

Author: American Nurses Association (ANA) & National Association of School Nurses (NASN)


Once again, building on decades of collaboration, the National Association of School Nurses and the American Nurses Association have published the premier one-volume guide to contemporary school nursing. The Standards of School Nursing Practice and their accompanying competencies describe and measure the expected level of school nursing practice and professional performance. Based on ANA’s Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (2015) for all registered nurses, these standards are authoritative statements of the duties that school nurses should competently perform. Composed of two sets—the Standards of Practice and the Standards of Professional Performance—these standards delineate how outcomes for school nurse activities can be measured.

View the table of contents.

New in this 3rd edition:

  • Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice
  • Updated definition of school nursing
  • Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model
  • Workload and acuity as components of healthy work environment for school nurses
  • Updated Code of Ethics for Nurses
  • New Standard of Professional Performance: Culturally Congruent Practice

Member Price: $27.50

Non-Member Price: $38.00

Copyright: 2017 3rd Ed

Save The Date

Region 4 Belle Blackwell- Save the Date!

TSNO Annual Conference- Save the Date

Click the Photo below for more info on NASN 2019!

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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