Texas School Nurses Organization

September 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.

Special Edition to the TSNO Newsletter with Election Information, Proposed By-laws Changes and access to Conference Registration.
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Candidate for President-Elect

The President-elect shall be elected in even numbered years and shall automatically succeed the office of President at the expiration of the President’s term and shall act for the president in the absence of the president.

Lisa Formby, RN

Present Employment: School Nurse, Hereford High School, Hereford ISD, 1997-Present

Education: Northwest Texas Hospital School of Nursing - 1984

Professional Organizations: TSNO Region 16 President, 2008-10; TSNO Secretary, 2012-2015; TSNO Region 16 Nominations Coordinator - 2015- present; TSNO Exhibit Liaison - 2010 - present

Previous Employment: ER/ICU Nurse Hereford Regional Medical Center 1982-1995; Hereford Home Health Nurse 1995-1996; DON Hereford Home Health 1996-1997

Statement of View: I believe in school nursing. I believe that a nurse in every school is what is best for the children of Texas. Research and the meaningful use of data support what we already know, healthy students are better learners. With my experience at both the Regional and State level, I feel I have the knowledge necessary to strengthen our organization and support the strides already made in school nursing.

Candidate for Treasurer

The Treasurer shall be elected in even numbered years and serve for a term of two years, or until a successor is elected.

Aida Salazar, BSN, RN

Present Employment: School Nurse, Jose Damian Elementary, Canutillo ISD, 2015-Present

Education: Texas Women's University, BSN, 1991

Professional Organizations: National Association of School Nurses. President of Local chapter in 2003-2004; National Association of School Nurses incoming VP for TSNO Region 19 2015-2016; Sigma Theta Tau International: Honor Society for Nurses 1991-present

Awards, Achievements, and Honors: TSNO Region 19 School Nurse of the year 2015; TSNO State School Nurse of Year 2105

Previous Employment: School Nurse, El Paso ISD, 1997-2015; Centene Corporation Triage Nurse-June 2005 to November 2006/October 2007 to September 2009; Charge/Staff Nurse Providence Memorial Hospital, Jan 1992 - Dec 1997

Statement of View:
Since I have been President of my local TSNO chapter and school’s PTO, I believe I am qualified to serve as a state officer. I understand the commitment needed to hold a very critical leadership position such as this organization’s state treasurer, and would be honored to be our local representation at the state level. I want to hold this office because I believe I can make a lastly impact in this organization. I have a strong work ethic and believe in the important mission of school nursing.

Linda Bailey, BSN, RN

Present Employment: Health Services Facilitator / Pecan Valley Elementary School Nurse, East Central ISD, 2006-Present

Education: United States Air Force Academy, BS Biology, 1982; University of the Incarnate Word, BSN, 1997

Professional Organizations: TSNO Region 20 President, 2015-2016

Previous Employment: L&D and ED Nurse, South Texas Regional Medical Center, 2001-2010; L&D, NIX, 1999-2001; MedSurg Nurse, South Texas Regional Medical Center, 1997-2001; Computer/Communications Officer, USAF, 1982-2010

Statement of View: I believe in doing my part to improve the profession in which I invest my time and effort. I support research and education to improve our knowledge and skills so that we may provide a positive impact for the students and families we serve. Thank you for this opportunity to serve as your Treasurer.

Candidate for Nominations Coordinator

The Nominations Coordinator shall be elected in even numbered years and serve for a term of two years, or until a successor is elected.

Mary Ann Garrett, RN

Present Employment: School Nurse, Van High School, Van ISD, 2002-Present

Education: Tyler Junior College, ADN 1989. Currently working on BSN. Tyler School of Business, Executive Secretary Diploma 1985

Professional Organizations: TSNO Region 7 President, 2012-2016; TSNO Finance Committee 2015; Van ISD SHAC Member, 2009-Present

Previous Employment: Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, ICU 2001-2003; Country Inn (LTC Facility), Weekend Charge Nurse and DON; 1999-2001; Trinity Mother Frances Home Health Care, Rehabilitation Case Manager and staff nurse 1997-1999; Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, Orthopedics and Neurology staff nurse, charge nurse and then patient education 1989-1996. Henry & Peters PC, data entry clerk and filer 1986-1988.

Statement of View: I believe in helping others and to provide the best care and diligent work ethics to promote optimal client outcomes. Treating others as I would like to be treated has always been a personal goal. I believe that school nurses have the unique opportunity to make a difference not only in a student’s life but in the community by teaching and giving care to all. Strengthening our organization views and values is an honor and a challenge that I am ready to accept. I love advocating for students through outreach and education in the community.

Laurie Smith, BSN, RN, NCSN

Present Employment: School Nurse Supervisor, Pittsburg ISD, 2009-Present

Education: University of Texas Arlington, BSN, 2012; Northeast Texas Community College, ADN, 2007; Northeast Texas Community College, LVN, 1993

Professional Organizations: TSNO Region 8 Treasurer, 2015-Present

Awards, Achievements, and Honors: Nationally Certified School Nurse, 2016; American Red Cross Instructor; Valedictorian of RN graduating class; Sigma Theta Tau International member

Previous Employment: School Nurse, Health and Safety Manager – Mt. Pleasant ISD, October 2003-August 2009; Pediatric Office Nurse – Pediatric Clinic, 1993-2003

Statement of View: I want to become more actively involved in school nursing at the state level. I want to be a leader for the advancement of school nursing. I have the desire to promote and advance nurses that work in the school setting. I believe that my 13 years as a school nurse will be advantageous to the TSNO. I will use my experience as a school nurse to advance the profession of school nursing in general.

Member Notification of Proposed Bylaw Change - to be voted on by the general membership at the Annual Business Meeting, November 6,2016

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Register Now for the Annual TSNO Conference!

The 2016 TSNO Annual Conference Brochure is now available for download. Click here for conference details. Hope to see you in San Antonio - November, 4-6

Registration is now available.

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Texas School Nurses Organization Annual Conference at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel

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

111 East Pecan Street, San Antonio, TX 78205, United States

Conference brochure now available! Conference registration now open!

"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 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 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 Lisa Formby - Region 16


MARKETING COORDINATOR Martha Anderson - Region 14


WEBSITE LIAISON Kara Delay - Region 8