Texas School Nurses Organization

February 2018

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

Like many of you at the beginning of a new year, I have reset my focus on what I can do in my life that will bring about positive changes. Most of us are drawn into nursing because we are very nurturing and compassionate people who pour all we have into caring for others, at work and at home. We are not always very successful at taking care of ourselves.

Provision 5 of the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses states, "The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to promote health and safety, preserve wholeness of character and integrity, maintain competence, and continue personal and professional growth" Mar 14, 2015

Did you know that? Our responsibility! We should take care of ourselves with the same respect that we give those in our care. This means eating healthy, getting enough sleep, exercising, and meeting our emotional needs.

In 2018, I am re-focusing on self-care.

Self-care is a lifelong journey of baby steps. It will mean many different things to all of you. The basic premise is that self-care is a way to strengthen yourself, find your inner heart so that you're ready for anything life brings.

First of all, figure out your "WHY". Maybe you want to set a good example for your kids or you want to fit into your favorite jeans. For me, I want to become healthier so that I can enjoy adventures and life with my family for years to come.

Set manageable goals one week at a time. If you don't meet your goal, don't give up. Remember your "why".

Try becoming mindful of what you're doing, why you're doing it and how are you feeling. If it's toxic, let it go. It is easy to take a few moments to bring mindfulness into your day. See the suggested apps below.

Make quality sleep a priority. A good night's sleep is incredibly important for health. In fact, it is just as important as eating healthy and exercising.

And lastly, share your journey. Find that support to help keep you accountable.

It is my hope for all of you in 2018 and beyond that we, as nurses, take care of ourselves just as much as we promote health, safety, wholeness of character and integrity in those we serve.

Sláinte (health) to you,

Lisa Sicilio, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN

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National Association of School Nurses CODE OF ETHICS

A new year is a great time to review our Foundational documents for School Nursing Practice. The Code of Ethics guides us as we practice in an educational setting.

"School nurses straddle two statutory and regulatory frameworks, health and education. Because school nurses practice nursing in an educationally focused system, they face unique legal, policy, funding and supervisory issues that may also have ethical dimensions" (NASN 06/28/16).

"As such, school nurses must have not only the skills to communicate within both the healthcare and education arenas, but also the requisite knowledge and skills to interpret applicable laws, regulations and professional standards, as well as apply ethical theories and principles" (ANA & NASN, 2011).

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How Can we Endure through the Lows that Come with Our Profession?



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Smartphone addiction could be changing your brain

Being addicted to your smartphone can affect your safety and your health. See the article on CNN for more.

Cell phone addiction is increasing, surveys show, and a new study released recently adds to a growing body of evidence that smartphone and internet addiction is harming our minds -- literally.

"Addicted teenagers in the study also had significantly higher scores in anxiety, depression and levels of insomnia and impulsivity, said Dr. Hyung Suk Seo, professor of neuroradiology at Korea University, who led the study."

""To me, the most interesting aspect of the study is that they were able to see a correction of the imbalance after cognitive behavior therapy intervention," Wintermark said."


NASN Election 2018 Meet the Candidates

NASN elections- Voting begins on March 15, 2018.

Please take some time to meet the candidates who have completed the Nominating Committee process.

Vice President

Lynnette Ondeck
State of Washington

Alicia Jordan

Cynthia Hiltz

Nominating Committee

Suzanne Smith
New York

Elizabeth Clark

Register for This Webinar: Connecting Energy Efficiency With Preventive Maintenance

Making the Connection: Linking IAQ, Energy Efficiency and Preventive Maintenance Together for Healthy Schools

This webinar will introduce you to one of EPA’s flagship resources—Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades and the accompanying Interactive Air Quality Planner for Schools—that helps you create a custom verification checklist for each step of the upgrade process. Learn how you can join school districts across the nation that use Energy Savings Plus Health (ES+H) to protect occupant health and safety and implement preventive maintenance practices.

38th UTMB Annual School Health Conference Conference - Registration has been extended to February 16th

February 24, 2018 - 7:15 AM–4:45 PM

The UTMB Annual School Health Conference overall goal is to enhance the knowledge of the registered nurse in school health nursing and practice as a means to promote health among school age and adolescent children in our surrounding communities.

Conference brochure is attached below.

Texas Health Steps Online Provider Education

Get free CE on your schedule with Texas Health Steps Online Provider Education. View an alphabetical list of course titles, or check out the course finder below to learn more about the range of topics and formats we offer.


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Voices for Vaccines releases new podcast, “HPV Vaccines, Cancers, and Cervivors"

Voices for Vaccines (VFV) has posted a new entry in its Vax Talk podcast series titled HPV Vaccines, Cancers, and Cervivors. Because it's Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, in this episode, Karen Ernst, Voices for Vaccines, and Dr. Nathan Boonstra, Blank Children's Hospital, talk to Tamika Felder about her battle with HPV-caused cervical cancer and her organization, Cervivor.
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SAVE THE DATE: Texas School Nurses Organization 16th Annual Conference

Saturday, Nov. 10th, 8am to Sunday, Nov. 11th, 2pm

7121 Bishop Road

Plano, TX

New this year... The 2018 TSNO conference will feature a Saturday and Sunday only format.

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 Francis Luna - Region X







ADVOCACY CHAIR Chanthini Thomas - Region IV


SCHOOL HEALTH ISSUES Karen Schwind - Region 13


MEMBER SERVICES Sara Koenig - Region 20 sarakoenig.tsno@gmail.com


Membership Coordinator Linda Howard - Region 8


REGION PRESIDENTS Coordinator Deana Bunting - Region 5 deanabunting.tsno@gmail.com

EXHIBIT LIAISON Amy Huey - Region X ahuey.tsno@gmail.com