Texas School Nurses Organization

June 2016

Mission Statement

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.

President's Message

Hello TSNO members,

For your pleasure, Lisa Sicilio, TSNO President-Elect has created another amazing summer newsletter packed with articles of importance, continuing nursing education opportunities, summer reading and much more. Please share this with any fellow nurse colleague that is not a TSNO member. They will be glad you did.

As a reminder, the deadline for submitting applications for School Nurse of the Year, School Nurse Administrator of the Year and Region Award is approaching fast. Please send your applications to Katie Morton by June 15th. For more information, click here or if you have questions please email her at katiemorton.tsno@gmail.com

Take care and I wish you all a safe and restful summer!


Francis Luna

TSNO President

Role of the School Nurse in Providing School Health Services

The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes the important role school nurses play in promoting the optimal biopsychosocial health and well-being of school-aged children in the school setting. Although the concept of a school nurse has existed for more than a century, uniformity among states and school districts regarding the role of a registered professional nurse in schools and the laws governing it are lacking. By understanding the benefits, roles, and responsibilities of school nurses working as a team with the school physician, as well as their contributions to school-aged children, pediatricians can collaborate with, support, and promote school nurses in their own communities, thus improving the health, wellness, and safety of children and adolescents.

American Academy of Pediatrics Publication

State Campaign Focuses on Protection Against Zika

A new campaign from the Texas Department of State Health Services reinforces what people can do to “not give Zika a biting chance” this summer. The campaign, which launched May 27th, features public service announcements on radio and television along with online and outdoor ads reminding people they should prevent Zika by removing standing water, keeping mosquitoes out of their homes and preventing mosquito bites.

Sample ads and other materials are available at www.texaszika.org/materials.htm

Don't Give Zika a Biting Chance - English: 30

Congratulations SHAC Award Recipients!!

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Summer Reading

Heroines of Mercy Street: The Real Nurses of the Civil War

February 16, 2016

by Pamela D. Toler PhD

A look at the lives of the real nurses depicted in the PBS show Mercy Street,
HEROINES OF MERCY STREET tells the true stories of the nurses at Mansion House, the Alexandria, Virginia, mansion turned war-time hospital and setting for the new PBS drama Mercy Street. Among the Union soldiers, doctors, wounded men from both sides, freed slaves, politicians, speculators, and spies who passed through the hospital in the crossroads of the Civil War, were nurses who gave their time freely and willingly to save lives and aid the wounded.
These women saw casualties on a scale Americans had never seen before, and medicine was at a turning point. HEROINES OF MERCY STREET follows the lives of women like Dorothea Dix, Mary Phinney, Anne Reading, and more before, during, and after their epic struggle in Alexandria and reveals their personal contributions to this astounding period in the advancement of medicine. See more at: http://www.amazon.com/Heroines-Mercy-Street-Nurses-Civil/dp/0316392073

Our Kids

The American Dream in Crisis

By Robert D. Putnam

A New York Times bestseller and “a passionate, urgent” (The New Yorker) examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility.

Central to the very idea of America is the principle that we are a nation of opportunity. But over the last quarter century we have seen a disturbing “opportunity gap” emerge. We Americans have always believed that those who have talent and try hard will succeed, but this central tenet of the American Dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Our-Kids/Robert-D-Putnam/9781476769905#sthash.WJmf1Ndr.dpuf

Continuing Education Opportunities

Targeting Social Influences That Shape Health Literacy in Communities

Register Now | June 16, 2016 | 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. ET

Join us on Thursday, June 16 at 12:00 p.m. ET for a Progress Review webinar featuring 2 Healthy People 2020 topic areas:

  • Health Communication and Health Information Technology
  • Educational and Community-Based Programs

The webinar will also highlight a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers working to improve health literacy.

Free continuing education credits (CME, CNE, CHES) are available!

Register today!

About Health Communication, Health Information Technology, and Educational and Community-Based Programs
Health communication, health information technology (IT), and health education are core elements of public health infrastructure and affect the health literacy of individuals and communities. Health literacy is the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. Health decisions are shaped by many factors that characterize health literacy in a community, including access to education and information, social relationships, and digital technologies.

Educational and community-based programs are key to reaching individuals in a variety of non-traditional settings, including schools and work sites. When organizations and communities implement health communication, health IT, and educational programs, we build individual and community skills, reach more people, and provide more opportunities to foster healthy living.

Children's Health CNE

Ready for summer?

Don't forget you can earn nursing contact hours and school nurses can earn Professional Development Hours for your school district, over the summer.

Children’s Health has recorded several of "The Nurse Is In" sessions so that you can earn your contact hours at your own pace.

Here are a few of the events available:

  • Hypertension in the Obese Child and Adolescent
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries and Conditions in the School‑Aged Child
  • Concussion identification, evaluation, and return to play/return to learn in youth athletes
  • Neuropsychological Functioning in Pediatric Patients with Complex Medical Problems

It’s easy to register and earn your contact hours – just click here to select the Children’s Health LIVE (Learning through Interactive Video Education) archived events.

Children's Health is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association (TNA), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

Contact hours will be awarded.

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Cook Children's offers summer symposiums and webcasts in the spring and fall specifically for the school nurse. To view or register for any of our upcoming school nurse activities or other continuing education programs, visit our professional courses page.
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Advanced Assessment of the Pediatric Population in the School Setting

August 1, 2016

Children’s Health Specialty Center

Simulation Lab Room 6706
2350 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas 75207

Parking in the main lot will be validated at the end of each conference session.

Choose either 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM OR 11:45-4:30 PM Each session is limited to 50 participants

1. Apply an evidence based nursing plan of action for the student with respiratory distress in the school setting.

2. Demonstrate nursing interventions for the advanced assessment of respiratory distress in students with a tracheostomy in a school setting.

3. Demonstrate nursing management of gastrostomy feeding complications in the school setting.

4. Perform an advanced assessment of the ear using an otoscope.

5. Demonstrate an advanced neurological assessment of a child presenting with a head injury and /or migraine.

Access the full conference and registration document here. Or email Amy Marland with any questions. amarland@mckinneyisd.net

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Camp Nursing Opportunities

We have literally dozens of summer camps that are looking for nurses and over the last several years we have worked with hundreds of school nurses, many from Texas. The fit for the camps and the nurses couldn’t be a better one.

For more information contact:

Rick Whisenhunt



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For more information contact Deidra Robertson- Ink Lake at deidra@camplonghorn.com

or Blair Manning- Indian Springs- blair@camplonghorn.com

Or apply online https://www.camplonghorn.com/SummerStaff/Apply

Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay (Official Video)
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SAVE THE DATE: Texas School Nurses Organization Annual Conference at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk

Friday, Nov. 4th, 8am to Sunday, Nov. 6th, 12pm

111 East Pecan Street

San Antonio, TX

Nursing contact hours have been applied for through the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Save the Date!
Although TSNO refers to and/or may provide direct access to documents and resources other than those owned or developed by TSNO, TSNO is not responsible for the content, format, accuracy or availability of such. In addition, TSNO does not have any editorial or other control over those materials. In addition, TSNO reserves the right to make necessary changes to NASN owned and developed materials without notice.

TSNO Executive Committee


PRESIDENT Francis Luna - Region X


PRESIDENT-ELECT Lisa Sicilio - Region 6


TREASURER Joan Cary - Region X


Secretary Adalia Del Bosque - Region 1


NASN DIRECTOR Laurie Combe - Region 4





PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Diane Hunt Bullard - Region 20 tsnornplanner@gmail.com

ADVOCACY CHAIR Emily Winn - Region X


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 Lisa Formby - Region 16


MARKETING COORDINATOR Martha Anderson - Region 14


WEBSITE LIAISON Kara Delay - Region 8