Texas School Nurses Organization

October 2017

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

Hurricane Harvey made landfall late on August 25th as a Category 4 hurricane with a diameter of 280 miles and winds of 130 mph during its first landfall dumping nine trillion gallons of rainfall in just the first 24 hours. It hovered over many of us for ten days dumping 27 trillion gallons of water. Harvey busted the US record for rainfall from a single storm, dumping 51 inches of rain, even up to 67 inches in parts of Texas.

The images of devastation from Southeast Texas have been heartbreaking. Older people sitting half-submerged in retirement homes, awaiting rescue. Parents walking knee-deep in water with their children in their arms, and belongings balanced in bags on their heads. Families waiting on the rooftops of their homes, stranded by the flood.

Throughout all this, another picture emerged: of the resilience of the people of Texas, of the calm effectiveness of the entire Texas National Guard; of the "Cajun Navy" whose battalion of citizen boat owners from Louisiana who came ready to help; and our own communities responding regardless of race, ethnicity, education, income or political background, to an extreme set of circumstances. People of all walks of life and backgrounds helping one another.

The financial cost of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that resulted will doubtless be shocking. But the courage, neighborliness and generosity that Texans and many from across the nation have demonstrated are humbling. Nature’s fury may be awesome, but humanity's resilience is greater still. That ought to be the real lesson from Texas.

Sláinte (health) to you,

Lisa Sicilio, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN


If you have not had a chance to check out the redesigned DSHS School Health Program page, we encourage you to take time to do so. Especially the School Health Services page has a wealth of information and resources. The newest addition- The Guide to Medication Administration in the School Setting. Click on the links below and make sure you bookmark it! Thanks to Anita Wheeler, MSN, RN ,School Health Coordinator/ School Nurse Consultant
School Health Program, for her tireless work on keep all of us up to date!
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Healthy Students Are Better Learners

Research shows a strong connection between healthy behaviors and academic achievement (e.g., grades, standardized tests, graduation rates, attendance).

Schools are an ideal setting to teach and provide students with opportunities to practice healthy behaviors. School programs can use the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model to promote positive health behaviors and lessen negative health behaviors.


Protect Your Hearing

In recognition of October as National Protect Your Hearing Month, the It's a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing® campaign, developed by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health, encourages you to help promote awareness of noise-induced hearing loss by sharing this image.


It's time to think about the excellence in school nursing you have been practicing in your clinics and share with your colleagues through a Poster Presentation at our annual conference in November. Access the Excellence in School Nursing Poster Presentation Guidelines here. Submit with with a one-page abstract of not more than 250 words. Due no later than October 15th. Email to Chanthini Thomas: cthomas.tsno@gmail.com or mail to Texas School Nurses Organization, Inc. 819 W. Arapaho Rd., Suite 24B, #345 Richardson, TX 75080.

Still have questions, review the What, Why & How To by Kathy Powell.


Sunny Thomas Memorial Award

Sunny Thomas Memorial Award promotes continuing education for school nurses. This award provides up to $1,000 to use towards continuing education. This award must be used at attend the next scheduled NASN conference. The submission deadline is October 15th.

Please access the Guidelines and Criteria and the Application here.

TSNO Scholarships

Access Guidelines & Application for the CNE Scholarship, Education Scholarship, and the NBCSN Exam Scholarship Reimbursement. Application Deadlines are October 15th.

CNE Scholarship

This scholarship is provided by funds TSNO has obtained from conference profits and other donations. TSNO has continued to budget and annually provide educational scholarships to TSNO members who are enhancing their education within school nursing. The individual scholarship amount will be up to $200. Requirements: Current active member for the previous two years, current license as nurse in state of Texas, and current full time employment in a school setting EC-12.

Education Scholarship

This scholarship is provided by funds TSNO has obtained from conference profits and other donations. TSNO has continued to budget and annually provide educational scholarships to TSNO members who are advancing their education within school nursing. The scholarship amount will be up to $1,000 annually. Requirements: Current active member for the previous two years, current license as nurse in state of Texas and current full time employment in a school setting EC-12.

NBCSN Exam Scholarship Reimbursement

This scholarship supports national certification of school nurses by providing partial reimbursement of the NBCSN Examination Fee up to $200. Requirements: Current active member for the previous two years, current license as nurse in state of Texas, current full time employment in a school setting EC-12, exam must have been taken in the current calendar year, candidate must have passed the certification exam and candidate is not seeking reimbursement from another source.


Action for Healthy Kids and National PTA Launch New Website

The new ParentsforHealthyKids.org website is designed to educate, empower, and engage parents and caregivers in becoming change agents for healthier schools and support them in reinforcing healthy habits at home. Parents can learn how to get involved and make a difference in school health, engage school leaders, and decision makers, explore a variety of school health topics, connect with other parents in a community forum, get tips for being healthy at home, and much more.
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Power of the Purse is TSNO's state conference community fundraiser in which all proceeds will benefit the Star of Hope. Star of Hope began its life-changing work on July 1, 1907. They are dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women and their children. Positive life changes are encouraged through structured programs which focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, life management and recovery from substance abuse.

We challenge all to donate a purse or even more! Let's fill the racks and raise money for the Star of Hope in Houston.

  • Purse Donation:To make the silent auction process run smoothly, we will be collecting information electronically on your donations. Please go and "Sign up". You will have the opportunity to give a description and value of each purse. Please indicate if you are mailing or bringing to conference your donation.

Please bring your purse for donation to the conference registration desk by Thursday, Nov 9th or mail them along with your name, value and description of the purse to:


819 W. Arapaho Rd., Suite 24B, #345

Richardson, TX 75080

From Silence to Voice

This year's conference will offer a book club break-out session on the must read for nursing organizations, From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public (The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work) 3rd Edition.

From Silence to Voice helps nurses understand and overcome the self-silencing that often leads them to downplay their expertise and contributions to caring for the sick and the public's health. The authors, Bernice Buresh and Suzanne Gordon, teach nurse clinicians, nurse educators, and nurse researchers the critical skills needed to explain their work to other healthcare professionals, journalists, policymakers, and political representatives.

Grab a copy today if you wish to get a head start on the reading.

2017 Texas Immunization Conference

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is excited to announce the 2017 Texas Immunization Conference will be held on November 28 – 30, 2017 at the San Antonio Hyatt Regency on the Riverwalk.

Attached is the Save the Date announcement to this email that can easily be placed in a newsletter or email notification alongside the link to registration: TexasImmunizationConference.com

DSHS will be bring immunization partners together to share information, discuss current issues, and recommend strategies to improve immunization rates across Texas. This conference is targeted towards private and public sector healthcare professionals who are interested in improving immunization rates in Texas. Plenaries, networking opportunities, five tracks of breakout sessions, exhibitor sessions, and a film showing is all part of the conference. In addition, Continuing Education Credits to ensure members and all attendees are provided the most current and useful information on immunizations.

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REGISTER NOW: Texas School Nurses Organization 15th Annual Conference School Nurses: Leaders United in Advancing Children's Health at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott

Friday, Nov. 10th 2017 at 8am to Sunday, Nov. 12th 2017 at 12pm

1601 Lake Robbins Drive

The Woodlands, 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

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









ADVOCACY CHAIR Chanthini Thomas - Region IV


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 Diane Hunt-Bullard - Region 20