Texas School Nurses Organization

June 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

Hello and happy almost summer,

What a different ending to school we had and I don’t think the start to summer will be much different. My feelings about all the precautions we take are so mixed. You listen to one person saying we need to stay home and stop the spread. But, will it really stop the spread or just slow it? How will we ever develop herd immunity if we all stay home? Can we afford to live this way until a vaccine is produced and provided? If it is this confusing for our daily lives how does it look for our work lives and children going back to school in the fall?

Our school health issues team has worked diligently to develop some guidelines to help you when we all go back to school. You can find these resources on our website along with guidelines from NASN and other organizations.


We are going to try something different. We are going to have a ‘Town Hall’ meeting to help explain what returning to school might look like. The meeting will be June 17th at 5:30 pm. We will put the link on our web page, https://www.txsno.org/home when the meeting has been scheduled.

I hope this summer you will take the time to rest, relax and enjoy life. As we have seen so far this year tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us. Know that your TSNO board and EC will be working for you this summer. At this time our conference is still scheduled to take place in Houston in November. We will keep you posted of any updates to that.

Keep cool,


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Transforming School Nurse Leadership from Vision to Reality

As nurse leaders, school nurses are fostering collaboration and guiding decision-making with parents, fellow colleagues, school leaders, outside agencies and school communities during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. A variety of activities include, but are not limited to, providing virtual student health education, creating health videos, contact tracing, attend virtual meetings, assist with food and technology distribution, staying connected with parents, developing return to school guidelines, sewing masks, working in hospitals or in COVID-19 testing sites, and so much more.

These are challenging times we face today, which supports the concept: Every child deserves a school nurse, all day, every day. School nurses are leaders on the front lines, delivering healthcare for students in the education setting, as well as providing services for their school community. The time to close the gap in student healthcare and education is now: This week your voice and action are needed. NASN Virtual Hill Day is June 3rd and 4th. NASN has developed a toolkit for your convenience with sample tweet messages and email letter, each asking your Congressman and Senators for support in federal funding for 10,000 new school nurses for the upcoming school year. Consider the historical accomplishment by NASN and SpaceX on May 31st, when we witnessed astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken blasting into orbit from an American space port and docking with the International Space Station 19 hours later. Doug Hurley said, “…reach for lofty goals, work hard, and look what you can accomplish…”.

In your service,

Francis Luna

NASN-TX Director


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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Please See This Important Message From President of the Texas Pediatric Society, Tammy Camp, MD, FAAP


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It's School Nurse of the Year and School Nurse Administrator of the Year Nomination Time!

Do you know a great nurse? Share all that she (he) does for students, faculty, and community by nominating that nurse for Texas School Nurse of the Year. One applicant per region, must be submitted through the Region President. For application go to: http://www.txsno.org/abouttsno/awards/schoolnurseoftheyear

Is your School Nurse Administrator head and shoulders above the rest? Do you want to recognize him or her for their leadership in school health? Then recognize them for the School Nurse Administrator of the Year award. For more information go to: http://www.txsno.org/tsno/abouttsno/awards/schoolnurseadministratoroftheyear

Applications due by June 15th.


Do you know an amazing school nurse? Do you think the whole world should know? Tell their story here in an upcoming newsletter!


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Scholarships Available at The University of Texas at Arlington!

The University of Texas at Arlington

First Course Free RN to BSN Scholarship

APPLY NOW @: https://bit.ly/APPLYUTANursing

Attend a webinar to learn more (see schedule below)

Can’t attend a webinar, request information @: http://bit.ly/UTANursing

Questions: Kimberley.jones@apdegrees.com

RN to BSN First Course Free Scholarship overview

  • Who is eligible: NEW UTA RN to BSN students who apply by July 17, 2020 & start on August 17 or August 24, 2020
  • How much is it: First course is free ($771)
  • Why is it unique: New, eligible RN to BSN students can take advantage of the First Course Free Scholarship ($771) off their first course
  • How do you get it/Next steps:
    • There is no formal application for the scholarship – apply @ https://bit.ly/APPLYUTANursing or register for the RN to BSN webinar below which is available to watch anytime, choose a LIVE webinar or complete this form: http://bit.ly/UTANursing
    • Answer the call from the enrollment specialist and ask them for the FIRST COURSE FREE scholarship for August.
    • Students must begin their first nursing course on August 17th or August 24th 2020 (apply by July 17, 2020)
  • Additional information will be shared on the webinar, please join me (register below)
  • For questions, you can email me at: Kimberley.Jones@apdegrees.com

University of Texas at Arlington Webinar – RN to BSN Scholarship




On-Demand (Watch Anytime)


RN to BSN Scholarship


LIVE Webinar offerings

June 9th @ 10:00 am

RN to BSN Scholarship


June 16th @ 10:00 am

RN to BSN Scholarship


June 23rd @ 10:00 am

RN to BSN Scholarship


June 30th @ 10:00 am

RN to BSN Scholarship


Questions? Contact kimberley.jones@apdegrees.com


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! Don't forget to stay tuned for our first TSNO Townhall coming June 17th at 5:30pm virtually!



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NASN 2020 Goes Virtual! Click the link for more info!

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President’s Endowment Challenge: Double Down for Data

The President's Endowment Challenge: Double Down for Data is inspired by the "year of the 2." This fund is launched in 2020. In 2020, we celebrate the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale and an NASN president serves a 2-year term.

Funders who support NASN's programming want to see school nurse data. Collecting, analyzing, and disseminating school nurse data takes dollars. When you donate to this fund, no amount is too small --- 2, $20, $200, or double your last contribution. If every member contributed $2, the NASN Endowment Fund would grow by $34,000.

For more information: https://www.nasn.org/give


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:



Save the Date!


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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