Texas School Nurses Organization

August 2020

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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


Summer is almost over. I really cannot believe that it is time for school to start. I know most of you are still not sure about how the school year is going to look in your district. In mine, the nurse will play such a big role, much bigger than in the past. It is our time to shine.

We want to help you shine in your district. To help you accomplish this we have links on our website pointing to you to some great information about COVID 19. Don’t forget to go and look. Don’t reinvent the wheel.

In talking about COVID I have to let you all know that the TSNO Executive Committee voted to not have our annual conference this year. We are going to still try to have a business meeting as we need to update our bylaws and swear in our new officers. We will keep you posted on what that is going to look like.

If you have school nurse friends that are not members of TSNO please talk to them about becoming a member. We have so much valuable information to share and some of it is for members only. The greater our numbers the stronger we are. TSNO is working for you in Austin and numbers speak volumes.

As you start back to school remember to wear your mask and wash your hands often. One thing I am reminded about when I wear my mask is to not touch my face. Stay up on the latest information and recommendations but make sure that they are evidence based. There is so much information out there and we have a duty to sift through it and only follow what is evidence based.

In all of this craziness I hope you are taking care of yourself. Take time for yourself, your family and your friends. You need to feed your whole self and I pray that you all are doing that.

Stay well and sane,



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Greetings Members,

I hope this finds you well, and you had me-time for some well-deserved rest and self-care this summer. I would like to begin by saying thank you to those that attended this year’s NASN 2020 Virtual Conference! Over 1,700 registered from across the nation. Attendees still have time in earning your CNEs by viewing the recorded sessions, poster presentations, exhibit booths and demonstrations.

During the pandemic crisis, the production of NASN educational resources, advocacy and services still drives forward in innovation with a focus to improve student health and school nursing practice. You may have seen headlines along the lines of, “NASN Calls for $208 Billion in Funding for Return to School.” A coalition of public health, health, and education organizations created a letter to inform safer school reopening, which was sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Learn more here and share the template support letter with your U.S. Senators: Add your own nurse story to strengthen the letter. You are an essential HERO! ABC7 Interview with Laurie Combe. "This is our time and we must have a clear VOICE." ~ Laurie Combe, NASN President

COVID-19 Resource Center has new updates:

1. Considerations for Post COVID Return to School for Students with Disabilities and Special Healthcare Needs.

2. Updated-Guidance for Healthcare Personnel on the Use of PPE in Schools During COVID-19

3. Updated Considerations for School Nurses When Providing Virtual Care

4. New Infographics

NASN Learning Center Opportunity:

1. Webinar Beyond FERPA: How to find State Laws and District Policies on Student Data Policy (Registration open-Hosted on Aug. 5th)

2. Webinar - Technology Tips, Tricks and Troubles-What to expect with additional diabetes devices at school.

There are updated NASN Position Statements approved by the NASN Board of Directors in June 2020 which are the official position of the organization that can be shared with members, community media, and legislators. Take an opportunity to read and utilize these well-written and -researched documents from NASN State Directors from around the nation.

1. Head Lice Management in Schools

2. Naloxone in the School Setting

3. School Nurse Workload: Staffing for Safe Care

The NASN Executive Board approved in June the NASN Position Brief – Eliminating Racism to Optimize Student Health and Learning. Racism, a public health crisis, threatens the health, educational attainment, and well-being of children and adolescents. The immediate and prolong stress resulting from racial discrimination is likely to have a direct impact on health status: Cultivating change in school systems is key to mitigating the influence of discrimination, as well as addressing enduring racial disparities in student health and learning.

Remember to capture time of reflection to improve student health and your nursing practice as you “hit pause” before school begins. Take some deep breaths, and when an inspiration or idea presents itself, be Bold, Courageous and be Involved in Good Trouble, Essential Trouble for student health and school nursing.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me.

Stay safe and well,

Francis Luna, MSN, RN, NCSN

NASN-TX Director


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Did you hear that there is a new study guide? Hot off the press!!

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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What's New in Advocacy?

Your TSNO board has worked especially hard with advocacy efforts this year. Please see several examples below!


ANA Survey Request- Urgent*

Please note this important request from the American Nurses Association! As school nurses, we are soon to be direct care providers to potential students and staff with COVID. Complete the survey today!

Please participate in an ANA survey to understand the current PPE situation nurses face. Early results show PPE shortages remain a critical issue, as nurses continue to voice significant concern about the safety of reusing and decontaminating N95 respirators.

We need your participation! Please join the over 8,000 nurses who have already responded and answer the questions describing the situation you faced in the last two weeks. The survey is open to all RNs – both ANA members and non-members. Please feel free to forward this email to any RN colleagues who might be interested in participating.

The survey closes on August 14th. If you have already participated, please ignore this reminder, and thank you.

Click here to take the PPE Survey.

Thank you.

Debbie Dawson Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN
Chief Nursing Officer | EVP

PPE for YOU!

As we begin the planning process for returning to school with students and staff, please be sure to take care of you! NASN has published Guidance for Healthcare Personnel on the Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Schools DuringCOVID-19 for our reference with a revision 7/30/20. Review the recommended – Recommended PPE by Task Classification on page 4. If you are exposed to a student with COVID symptoms you should be sure to evaluate the need for:

  • Isolation Room
  • Head to toe coverage including: Eye protection, N95 mask, hair covering, gloves, gown or coveralls and foot covering.
  • Instruction and protocol for how to don and doff this essential equipment.

There are numerous links to references and resources with this NASN publication. Stay protected, Stay well and Take care of you before you can care for others!

Karen Schwind


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Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Texas School Nurses,

Now, more than ever before, we are facing uncertainty. We are stepping into school buildings which were once familiar, and are now filled with "unknown", "uncertainty", and "what-if's". All we know for sure is that the children in our buildings, the staff that we serve with an open heart and open arms, and parents who entrust us with the care of their children will be looking to us for answers, guidance, and support. You are leaders. You are facing the end of your comfort zone. Now is the time for self care. You must trust that you have been trained for this very moment. You are a public health servant-leader. Now is your time to shine.

Fear not.

With all of the love and support in my heart,

Brandy Bowlen

TSNO Communications Coordinator

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone | Yubing Zhang | TEDxStanford


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Are you interested in getting involved in the TSNO or do you know someone who is? TSNO is soliciting nominations for Nominations Coordinator, Treasurer and President-Elect (2 year terms).

We invite member input on identifying qualified and motivated nominees and encourage each TSNO member to consider serving as a Board member or officer to help TSNO remain vital and prosperous.


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Free CNE's on Human Trafficking!


The Value of Membership

Could you refer just one friend to join TSNO/NASN if you shared this little tidbit?

Did you know that, for less than $160 per year (the cost of TSNO/NASN membership), you can bring valuable vision resources to your students? Imagine if each student you provided with a VSP Global vision voucher required an eye exam and glasses valued at $400. If you used 25 vouchers for qualifying students, you would save your school community $10,000! See the PDF below for more information, and if you are ready for a friend referral, share this link:


This is just one example of how membership pays for itself! Stay tuned for more examples!

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The School Nurse & Coronavirus

Check out the amazing Covid-19 Toolkit now posted on the TSNO Website!

It's everything you need right at your fingertips!


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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:




TSNO Executive Committee


PRESIDENT Lisa Formby - Region 16


PRESIDENT-ELECT Karen Schwind - Region 13


TREASURER Luisa Herrera- Region 19


Secretary Sarah Alexander - Region 15


NASN DIRECTOR Francis Luna - Region X







ADVOCACY CHAIR Becca Harkleroad- Region 13


SCHOOL HEALTH ISSUES Amber Cichockia- Region X


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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