Texas School Nurses Organization
To promote, protect, and enhance professional school nurse practice through advocacy, evidence-based education, collaboration, and partnerships that support each student’s well-being and readiness to learn.
This newsletter takes NASN’s Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice approach.
Springtime is a time of renewal and new life!
Winnie the Pooh once said, "If I am thinking correctly, a new baby is probably, undoubtedly the grandest gift that could ever be."
On St. Patrick's Day, I became "Bella" for the 4th time. As a former Neonatal nurse, new life has always been so precious and miraculous to me. And when your baby has a baby, well... that is one of those moments that takes your breath away!
A precious baby, so newly arrived is like a blank canvas full of hope and inspiration for what the future holds. As school nurses, we know that for many of our students the future can be marred by illness, fear, shame, hunger, pain... And as school nurses, we have an invaluable role to advocate, protect, educate and build up resiliency in the lives of the students we touch. In 1954, Dorothy Law Nolte wrote her inspirational poem, Children Learn What They Live. Can the steps to resiliency, competency and self-efficacy be found in a simple poem?
Thank you for all you do in nurturing positive qualities while fostering feelings of competency and self-efficacy for the over 5,000,000 students of in our care.
Sláinte (health) to you,
Lisa Sicilio, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN
Leadership: Just The Right Dose for Every Member
As my time on the NASN Board of Directors comes to a close, I find myself wondering about Leadership Succession for TSNO. Who will step up next to accept leadership roles in our organization? Who will be the voice for 5.2 million Texas School children? Who will take responsibility for delivering quality professional development designed specifically for school nurses? Who will inform Texas school nurses of the issues facing the children in our care? Who will deliver the news about best practices and the most current evidence-based practice? Who will take stewardship of the TSNO finances, or manage the TSNO website?
Each of us has a responsibility to take leadership for our profession. Leadership brings growth, both personally and professionally. Can you commit to a formal leadership position, either elected or appointed, at the local or state level? Or is your ability to lead limited to short-term commitments? What skills can you bring in service to school children and your school nursing colleagues?
In 2006, I was excited to travel to my first TSNO State Conference in El Paso. Little did I know that the then TSNO president would persuade me to accept the TSNO Site Chair responsibilities for the 2007 Conference in Houston. It was my first time to be involved at the state level and I was intimidated! With great support from Region 4 and the nurses in Klein ISD, the conference was well received and I was hooked!
My time on the TSNO Board has been an extraordinary learning experience. I expanded my role in 2008 to become a member of the School Health Issues Committee, and then became the chair of that committee. In 2011, the NASN Director resigned and the TSNO President appointed me as interim Director to serve the unexpired term. It continues to be my great honor that the TSNO membership saw fit to elect me to the NASN Director Position in 2013. When I look back at the school nurse who thought she could be site chair, to the school nurse I am today, I am stunned. The opportunities for growth have been many. I have learned to advocate for children’s health with confidence at the Texas State Capitol and on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. I have presented posters and podium presentations at more conferences than I can name. I have learned to be a better leader in my school district.
What is the right dose of leadership for you? I ask you to step up and commit your time and talents to your professional organization. If your Region doesn’t have a leader, be one. TSNO will support and guide you. If the TSNO President asks you to serve, say YES! If the TSNO Nominating Committee asks you to run for TSNO office, DO IT! In the process, you will encounter school nurse leaders who will inspire you to grow, to become more than you ever thought possible. The time for you to lead is NOW!
Laurie G. Combe, MN, RN, NCSN
STANDARDS OF PRACTICE
The Texas Department of State Health Services’ Immunization Unit will be rolling out ImmTrac2 on April 3, 2017. Currently, staff members are migrating registered ImmTrac user information and client immunization history data from ImmTrac to the new system.
On the new ImmTrac2 webpage, you can see regularly updated information on the launch, upcoming and recorded webinars and training, as well as news on the HL7 guide that the Immunization Unit will be updating.
If you are a user of ImmTrac please review the ImmTrac2 website for FAQs, and what you need to do to prepare, including for account changes and site renewals.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Linc Allen, Linc.Allen@dshs.texas.gov
Public Information Team Lead or to ImmTrac2@dshs.texas.gov.
Advocate for Immunizations!
SHARE YOUR VOICE AT THE CAPITOL
It’s time to advocate for immunizations!
April 18th, 2017
Join us for the day at the Capitol to educate legislators about the importance of immunizations to our state.
Registration IS REQUIRED!
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COMMUNITY / PUBLIC HEALTH
Save the Date: Texas School Nurses Organization 15th Annual Conference at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott
Friday, Nov. 10th, 8am to Sunday, Nov. 12th, 12pm
1601 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX
TSNO Executive Committee
PRESIDENT Lisa Sicilio - Region 6
PRESIDENT-ELECT Lisa Formby - Region 16
TREASURER Aida Salazar - Region 19
Secretary Adalia Del Bosque - Region 1
NASN DIRECTOR Laurie Combe - Region 4
NOMINATIONS COORDINATOR Laurie Smith - Region 8
STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS:
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Lisa Blackmon-Jones
ADVOCACY CHAIR Chanthini Thomas - Region IV
SCHOOL HEALTH ISSUES Karen Schwind - Region 13
MEMBER SERVICES Art Oaxaca Region 19
Membership Coordinator Linda Howard - Region 8
REGION PRESIDENTS Coordinator Sarah Batson - Region 17
EXHIBIT LIAISON Diane Hunt-Bullard - Region 20
EXECUTIVE BOARD LIAISON/ WEBSITE & MARKETING COORDINATOR Kara Delay - Region 8 email@example.com
Nurse Planner Karen Broussard - Region 4