Texas School Nurses Organization

March 2021

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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President's Message

Reflection on Winter Freeze February 2021

Having grown up in Ohio, I’ve been through many a snow storm. The Blizzard of ’78 comes to mind as I was in nursing school and lived in a dorm adjacent to the school. Basically, student nurses ran the hospital! But never in all my years in Ohio did I experience a winter storm like the one in Texas last month.

This quote helped me to keep perspective during our Snow days and Winter Freeze 21! It truly is hard to believe that winter could cause so much stress and major issues for all of us all in one week! Some or you suffered from basic things like food and water, lack of heat or broken pipes, while others supported family, neighbors and friends who were seeking shelter and warmth. After the return to school, we discovered just how many of our families were effected by this storm. My hope is that power is restored by now and pipes are being repaired.

The stressors of that week will surely continue to surface as we emotionally heal from a winter storm like no other in the midst of a pandemic like no other! More important than ever is the need to heal yourselves before you can begin to help others heal.

Coping with the Stress of a Disaster


Taking Care of your Emotional Stress Emotional Impact of Disasters


Emotional Impact of Disasters


If your district participates, consider the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which provides immediate and confidential assistance for any work, health or life concern. If you need someone to talk to in a confidence, please take advantage of the employee benefit. You can call 888-293-6948, text MSEAP to 53342, chat online at www.workhealthlife.com, email or download the app.

Amidst the craziness of being at home, I had to find time to play in the snow. Here are a few of my child-like attempts to enjoy the beauty of snow I have never seen in all the years I’ve lived in south Texas! Enjoy your spring break and take a much-needed break just for you!


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Check Out this Amazing Article from the February 2021 Edition of American Nurse!


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Did You Know That NASN 2021 is Going Virtual!

Click the link for more information!

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TSNO Town Hall coming soon!

TSNO Town Hall - April 15, 6:00 p.m.

Updates from the 87th Legislative Session

Presented by Kevin Stewart, JD - TSNO Lobbyist

and Becca Harkleroad, RN - TSNO Advocacy Chair



Coordinated School Health Programs!


Food Allergy Research & Education

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Notes from Your NASN Director!

Monthly Director’s Message

NASN continues to focus on the future, providing new resources and programs to enhance the practice of school nursing. In January, the NASN Board of Directors approved several new position statements: Position statements are evidence-based papers, which provide the official position of the organization on specific topics, something I use extensively when speaking with legislators, media, parents, and community partners. The recently approved position statements are as follows:

· Concussions: School Based Management

· Education, Licensure, and Certification of School Nurses

· Environmental Health

· LGBTQ Students

· Use of Restraint and Seclusion in the School Setting

Other valuable new resources include the newly released Emergency Medications Toolkit located in the NASN Learning Center. It supports school nurses in implementing evidence-based practice for emergency medication administration.

The COVID-19 Reference site was recently redesigned and launched with a fresh new look and improved navigation.

Please mark your calendar for the online 2021 NASN Election opens March 15. Please exercise your right to vote as a member.

In your service,


Francis Luna, MSN, RN, NCSN

NASN-TX Directo


School Nurses in the News!

From the NASN Weekly Digest:

NASN and school nurses have been widely represented in the news media over the past few months and we are now including a section in the Weekly Digest to highlight some of those stories twice a month. If you have a story about school nurses you'd like us to consider including, please send it to us.

· Kristi Rice and Liz Pray: Now more than ever, we need school nurses (Source: The Spokesman-Review)

Georgia’s school nurses chart new territory in pandemic (Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution)


School Health Issues Committee would like to hear from you!

Please send us what information you need to know about that pertains to School Health. We will focus on YOUR ideas and requests.

Please email:

Amber Cichocki RN: acichockitsno@gmail.com

Michelle Butler RN: mbutler@essc12.net

Ada Salazar RN: acsalazar3b@gmail.com

Amy Martinez RN: alyons@neisd.net

Jennifer Christian RN: jchristian@atlisd.net


Advocacy In Action!

The 87th Legislative Session was going to be Public Health’s time to shine, but the ERCOT calamity has stepped into the spotlight for now - not only consuming legislators’ time but also the state’s money. However, the show must go on - and so it will, especially with YOUR help.

If you haven’t already done so, NOW is the time to introduce yourself to your state senator and/or representative. Not sure what to say? Here is a sample note to get you started. This could be a quick handwritten note card or an email. If you mail a card, make sure you include a business card or your contact information. Learn how to find mailing and email addresses for your senator or representative. (Not sure who represents you? Click HERE to find out.)

Throughout the session you’ll need to communicate with these people about specific bills related to nursing and student health. Representative Celia Israel says the best way to communicate is a short-and-sweet, personal note. Email is often best for this; things happen FAST when bills start moving. Not sure what to say? Here is a sample note for reaching out about specific bills.

The email option is quick and easy, and the message still gets conveyed. Remember, every small action you do amplifies the voice of school nurses everywhere!

For the most up-to-date Bill Trackers for TSNO, go to the TSNO website and look under: About TSNO > Legislative Priorities


NASN Elections Open March 15th!

This is just a friendly reminder that the 2021 NASN Election officially opens on March 15th. Attached you will find one file:

NASN Elections 2021 Ad

This file contains a list of those running for office, instructions on casting your online ballot, deadlines, and more information on the election process.

Thank you for helping us reach all members with this important information. If you have any questions, please visit the election website, www.nasn.org/about-nasn/elections


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Have you selected your Region Number? Here's how and it takes 32 seconds!

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TEA School Health Survey- Has your district done this?

Make sure your district data is counted! The annual School Health Survey is available for school district and open-enrollment charter school completion through May 28, 2021.


Food Allergy Coaching Certification Available!

Food Allergy Coaching Certification is available through Allergy & Asthma Network!

● Earn certification as a food allergy coach.

● Expand your client base with this groundbreaking area of practice.

● Watch a 12-module prerecorded webinar series.

● May earn up to 11 hours of continuing education credits (*CE approval pending).

*Check with your licensing board about applying these credits Have you ever wanted to help the 6+ million kids living with food allergies? Often, these children and families are coping with high stress, high anxiety, PTSD, bullying, health behavioral demands, disordered eating, family discord, and reduced quality of life. They are referred to mental health practitioners; however, there are few, if any, who are educated appropriately about food allergy. This 12-hour prerecorded webinar series will give you the tools to support children, teens and families coping with a food allergy diagnosis. It will help you to:

● Understand the food allergy experience

● Increase empathy for people with food allergies, their caregivers and their families

● Recognize and meet mental and behavioral health food allergy needs

If interested, please contact Tonya Winders, CEO, at twinders@AllergyAsthmaNetwork.org or Sloane Miller, LMSW, Food Allergy Coach Program Lead, at smiller@allergyasthmanetwork.org.

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The Oliver Foundation is Awarding Grants!

Deadline to apply- April 15, 2021

Apply for a Healthy Choices Grant

The goal of the Oliver Foundation is to encourage children, families and communities in Texas to improve the eating and physical activity patterns of Pre-school, Elementary, Middle School and High School students.


Looking for #COVID19 Testing, Therapeutics, or Vaccine Providers in Texas???

The Texas Division of Emergency Management has maps for that!


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We are still missing a few Region Presidents, so if you are a President or know one, please reach out to Denise Kablaitis as soon as possible! Lots of great things are happening!


Whiz Resources

Summer Camps Are Already Looking For a Few Good Nurses!

Adventure and exciting experiences await you! Share your gifts and change the lives of others. This will be the summer you always remember!

Super Summer Texas!

Super Summer Texas

Super Summer is a teaching ministry hidden in a camp. We support churches by teaching 7th - 12th grade students to know and share the gospel. Each summer we program five events (sessions/weeks) on five Texas Baptist university campuses. Our events are made possible through the service of adult volunteers in a wide variety of areas from teaching, administration, team-building, security, small group leaders, etc. Due to the size (300-700 people/event) of our events and the requirements set forth by the universities we recruit qualified individuals to serve as volunteer Medical Staff.

We try to recruit two to three licensed or certified medical professionals in order to have a full Medical Staff at each session of Super Summer. The Medical Staff responsibilities include, but are not limited to, being “on call” during the week of Super Summer to assess, treat and/or refer medical complaints for outside treatment. Medical Staff also manages the collection and administration of medication.


The Value of Membership

Care for Your Students and You

VSP Vision Care's Sight for Students program is open to NASN members. Through this partnership, NASN members receive gift certificates they can share with qualifying students 19 years of age or younger.

The best professional liability rates available are extended to NASN members through NASN's partnership with Lockton Affinity.

The UnaRxCard is a discount prescription drug card that can lower the cost of many prescription medications and things like diabetes supplies, hearing aides and glasses. The card is available to NASN members and can be shared with others including students and their families.


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 Karen Schwind - Region 13


PRESIDENT-ELECT Laurie Smith - Region 8


TREASURER Luisa Herrera- Region 19


SECRETARY Lisa Formby - Region 16


NASN DIRECTOR Francis Luna - Region X


NOMINATIONS COORDINATOR Deana Bunting - Region 5 deanabunting.tsno@gmail.com




ADVOCACY CHAIR Becca Harkleroad- Region 13


SCHOOL HEALTH ISSUES Amber Cichocki- Region X


MEMBER SERVICES Brandy Bowlen - Region IV brandybowlen.tsno@gmail.com


Membership Coordinator Ronnie Howard - Region IV ronniehoward.tsno@gmail.com

REGION PRESIDENTS Coordinator Denise Kablaitis - Region 13


COMMUNICATIONS Coordinator Monica Porras- Region 15


EXHIBIT LIAISON Elizabeth Goedde - Region IV ElizabethGoedde.tsno@gmail.com


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