Texas School Nurses Organization

August 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.


Our hearts go out to the city of El Paso. Once again senseless violence has taken so many lives way too soon. The fact that so many people were there buying school supplies makes my heart hurt even more. I truly believe that we need a change of heart in our nation. We need to go back to the saying that if you can’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all. It really doesn’t matter which side of the political line you are – we are one nation and we have got to come together in order to heal our nation. As we start the new school year please keep the citizens of El Paso in your thoughts and prayers.

Lisa Formby, RN

TSNO President

Photo credit El Paso Municipal Police Officers Association

President's Message

Summer has flown by. I can't believe it is almost time for school to start. Our lives are about to get hectic for a few months. Just remember to take time for yourself as you start back to school.

August is immunization awareness month. Laurie Combe, NASN President, wrote a nice article in the NASN Weekly newsletter last week about this topic. Don’t forget that NASN has an Immunization Transition Toolkit.

The TSNO 2019 Conference is right around the corner. It will be held at the beautiful Marriott River Center on the river walk of San Antonio. I hope you will all plan to attend. We have a great lineup of speakers for you. The brochure should be on the TSNO website this week and registration will open September 1st.

As you start the new school year try to look at each student not just with your eyes but also with your hearts. Some of our children come from backgrounds that we can’t even begin to imagine. I ask that you not look at the ones that come to you often as ‘frequent flyers’ but as someone who just might need your smile, positive attitude or hug. I am hoping that I can remember this for the school year.

Welcome back,

Lisa Formby

TSNO President


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NASN Update News**

Courage in Nursing

School nurses are Courageous, as well as Leaders! It is with great pride and honor to have our very own, Laurie Combe installed as the NASN President at the NASN2019 conference. Take a moment and read her NASN President’s Inaugural Address in the August issue of the Journal of School Nursing for it is inspiring and challenges us to be that Force of the Future.

This summer, I had the opportunity to visit the Wyoming State Capitol, built in 1888 and recently renovated to its original glory in the Capitol Square Project. I wanted to see their historic Supreme Court Chamber, where, in 1889, representatives granted woman's suffrage within their state constitution, the first state to do so. The rotunda is filled with four sculptures, "The Four Sisters," representing key values: Truth, Justice, Courage, and Hope.

This visit gave me pause to the importance of Courage in Nursing. School Nurses should continue to embrace Courage and look beyond the health clinic to mitigate any barriers students face in reaching their full potential toward academic success. It may not be easy, but creating a healthy community, decreasing health disparities, and improving health equity will improve the well-being of our students. I challenge you to do a self-reflection on your school nursing practice: Ask yourself how YOU can forge forward with Courage in the advancement of school health and school nursing practice.

In your service,

Francis Luna

NASN-TX Director

Laurie Combe's Installation as NASN President!


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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Excellent Dental Resources for Healthcare Professionals!

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In case you missed it...

NASN Weekly Digest, July 25th, 2019

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.

As school nurses, one of the most frequent topics we hear and talk about is immunizations, especially right before and as school starts.

NASN created the Immunization Transition Toolkit, which was developed for use at the times of student transitions within the school systems including between elementary school and middle or intermediate school; between middle or intermediate school and high school; and between high school and college or career. These specific time periods can be stressful for students and parents as they prepare for the next change in their educational setting and are a great opportunity for the school nurse to lessen the stress by giving specific health directives to students and families.

There are a number of articles and other talking points on the NASN website for your use as well.

The CDC also provides a number of resources to talk to parents and students.

I hope you have a wonderful end of July as you start to begin your own transition back into the schools in August.

Laurie Combe, MN, RN, NCSN

NASN President



Karen Schwind, President-elect, sharing her presentation ‘Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics‘ for the School Nurses of TSNO Region III back to school training!.

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Take the School Health Services Survey

Help us meet your students’ needs for school-based health services! Participate in the 2019 Texas School Health Services Survey. The Texas Department of State Health Services’ School Health Program is conducting the online survey May 1-Aug. 16. Your responses will help us identify unmet needs in school health services across the state. We'll use the information to develop programs and resources to address those needs. Take the survey today.

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Did you know?

CDC Vaccine Schedules App for Health Care Providers

Use CDC’s Vaccine Schedules app. to access recommended immunization schedules and footnotes.

This free tool provides the most current version of the

  • Adult schedule, including recommended vaccines for adults by age group and by medical conditions
  • Adult contraindications and precautions table
  • Child and adolescent schedule with vaccine recommendations for patients birth – 18 years
  • Catch-up schedule for patients 4 months - 18 years

Features of the App

  • Colors match printed schedules
  • Hyperlinked vaccine name opens as a pop-up with dose specifics
  • Related vaccine resources and websites
  • Any changes in the schedules will be released through app updates
For more information please visit: Immunization Schedules for Health Care Providers.


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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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Better You Know- National Hemophilia Foundation

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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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This Friday, August 9th!

The University of Texas - School of Nursing is hosting a conference for school nurses, Kids First School Nurse Competency Fair and Conference, Friday, August 9. We have several districts attending already, but have room for more. I'm including the link to the site and information about the event. https://nursing.utexas.edu/events/136

Deanna Baker, Technical Project Supervisor, UT Nursing. dbaker@nursing.utexas.edu


Also this Friday, August 9th!

Care of the Medically Complex Child Conference

August 9, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Children’s Health Specialty Center, Independence Hall
2350 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207

Register now

The purpose of this educational activity is to enhance the knowledge of the health care providers in the community. Topics are focused on medically complex airway patients in an effort to improve the delivery of safe and up-to-date care.

Conference Topics to Include:

  • Pulmonary management in the patient with a chronic tracheostomy
  • Navigating the complexity of a child with heart disease and tracheostomy
  • Care of the child with a complex airway
  • Deaf Plus: Care considerations for medically complex patients who are deaf/hard of hearing
  • Pediatric Tracheostomy: Dysphagia and development
  • Keeping the trach safe
  • Mechanical ventilation

Register today

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An integrative perspective on a variety of topics in pediatric rehabilitation

1st Annual Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Symposium for Healthcare Professionals

Saturday, August 17 | 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Children's Health Specialty Center Plano
7601 Preston Road | Plano, TX 75024










The field of pediatric rehabilitation medicine is a unique subspecialty that utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to address congenital and child-onset functional impairments. This single day course will provide an integrative perspective on a variety of topics that include pediatric psychiatry, pediatric neurology, plastic surgery, neuropsychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and social work.

Topics to be discussed include the following:

  • Ethics in Cerebral Palsy
  • Acute Flaccid Myelitis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Management of Sialorrhea
  • Functional Neurological Disorders

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The Children's Health is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Children's Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The presentation, Ethical Issues in Cerebral Palsy, has been designated by Children’s Health for 1 credit of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.


Children’s Health is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association - Approver, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Contact hours will be awarded.

Rehabilitation CEU's

This course is offered for 0.75 ASHA CEUs ( Various level, Professional area).

Physical Therapy: This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 7.50 CCUs for PTs and PTAs

Occupational Therapy: Certificates for 7.5 CCUs will be provided.

Register today

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For all inquiries about Children's Health, please visit childrens.com or send an email to info@childrens.com.

The Children's Health logo is a registered trademark of Children's Medical Center of Dallas.

Children's Health | 1935 Medical District Dr. | Dallas, TX 75235 | 1‑844‑4CHILDRENS

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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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Save The Date

TSNO Annual Conference- Save the Date

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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