The Pulse of ASNC

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The Pulse of ASNC

Association of School Nurses of Connecticut

Volume 13 Issue 1 Fall 2016

From the Desk of Sue Levasseur, President 2016-2018

Inside this issue:

Dear Members, Welcome back to the start of the 2016-17 school year and the world of both health and education. Although it has been 3 months since we basked in summer’s warm embrace, I know everyone feels like it is a distant memory as we work through the challenges every new school year brings. The unique role of the school nurse combines the world of health and education and makes us leaders in the educational environment in each and every school we work in, whether we like it or not. When we sit around the table with colleagues to discuss either a student with chronic illness, indoor air quality or our safe school climate policies, we are a leader who brings the unique perspective of emotional and physical health and its impact on education to the table. Because of the significant role that nurses play in school, NASN has started the “Stand up and be Counted” campaign which aims to bridge the gap between perceived roles and outcomes of school nurses and actual meaningful data. Data has been reported for two years, about who is delivering health care in school, selected student chronic conditions and the disposition of students once they leave the health office as well as the outcomes of school nurse interventions. I encourage everyone to collect data in your schools and districts and take every opportunity to educate your interdisciplinary colleagues as well as your Boards of Education on the difference you make. The NASN has developed an array of tools to help each of us participate in this important national data set. Ideally, data is collected beginning on the first day of school; however it is not too late to join in this campaign to clearly document who is providing care, to whom, and the outcomes. More information is available through our state data campaign, via Stephanie Knutson at [email protected] Last month we launched an on-line survey to capture what you as members would like to see ASNC offer to promote your role and practice. We had 139 respondents, about 30%, a great turnout! Educational opportunities came out as a priority for most school nurses. Last spring CT hosted a 2 day regional conference in Mystic CT with approximately 220 school nurses from our regional states. The conference was a great success both for the educational opportunities offered as well as the fun that was had by all at our evening cocktail hour (that lasted until about midnight) and dinners and shopping in downtown Mystic. ASNC will continue to offer our 3 dinner meetings per year. A goal for the Board this year is to expand on these offerings. Although most greatly enjoy the dinner meetings not everyone can take advantage due to location and price. This year we aim to offer a variety of new topics in different formats. Your survey suggestions included several topics ranging from “Emergency Childbirth in the Health Office” to “Doing a Fulltime Job in Part Time Hours”. The Board has heard you loud and clear and is planning several webinars throughout the year, beginning in January, as well as a summer institute for the summer of 2017. I would also like to remind everyone that the interactive hands on otoscope workshop is also available to districts. At the Regional conference, two sessions of this were sold out with a long waiting list so we are fortunate to have experts on our Board available to bring this presentation right to your district. (continued on page 2)

From the Desk of the President


Government Relations Chair Update


Notes from the NASN Director


Check a Buck a Day Away


School Nurse Certification


New England School Nurse Conference Recap


ASNC Recent Retirees


Comparison of the Role of School Nurse


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The School Nurse Advisory Council continues to be active. The committee is presently formulating recommendations from the perspective of the evolving role of the school nurse from 1982 to the present. In addition, as the legislative session is looming ahead, members are meeting with our lobbyist and formulating legislative agenda topics. Again, the results of the on-line survey will be helpful in best representing your ideas and wishes.

As daunting as that may seem, the reality is making a difference is simple. By connecting with your local senators and representatives, you can be a driving force for school nursing. Elected officials have said more than once that if they hear from 1 constituent on an issue it gets their attention. More than one sends the message that the issue is big and warrants their attention. Imagine the power of more than 1000 school nurses!

As we move through the 2016-17 school year I encourage everyone to become an involved member and utilize the listserve, educational offerings and website resources to help navigate the complexities of the job. As always Board meetings are posted and everyone is invited to attend!

This link will take you to: Helpful Information

Government Relations Chair From Donna Kosiorowski MS RN NCSN During this election season, everyone is focused on the potential leaders of our country and our state. It is our responsibility as voters to make informed choices and thoughtful decisions related to those who will lead us in the future. Politics was not included in my nursing education. However, my experience with ASNC has expanded my knowledge base and has given me the opportunity to represent school nurses locally and nationally. For that, I am honored and humbled. School nurses in Connecticut have been diligently seeking professional recognition and equality with our educational colleagues. ASNC is the only professional organization in Connecticut dedicated to the promotion of school nursing as a specialty area of nursing. As we digest the outcome of Election Day, this article is designed to acquaint school nurses with the political process. More importantly it is designed to increase awareness of how each and every school nurse can make a difference through political involvement.

Capitol Picture Book Capital Tours Driving Directions to the Capital Enactment of Bills Frequently Asked Questions This is Your General Assembly Guide to Testifying at a Public Hearing How a Bill Becomes a Law Forms

Notes from the NASN Director Cheryl Resha The annual National Association of School Nurse (NASN) conference held in Indianapolis in June proved to be another wonderful learning and networking occasion. The conference offered many educational sessions that centered around the Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice, which includes: the scope and standards of practice, community and public health, care coordination, quality improvement, and leadership ( In addition to the conference, the June Board of Directors’ (BOD) Meeting proved to be an exciting opportunity for school nurses throughout the country. A new definition of school nursing was approved by the Board of Directors and is now posted on the NASN website: School nursing, a specialized practice of public health nursing, protects and promotes student

Contacts for ASNC Executive Board: President: Suzanne Levasseur, [email protected]; Past President: Michael Corjulo, [email protected]; President Elect: pending; Recording Secretary: Joan Campbell, [email protected]; Corresponding Secretary: Chlo-Anne Bobrowski, [email protected]; Treasurer: Carol Ott, [email protected]; Director to NASN: Dr. Cheryl Resha, [email protected]; Membership: Verna Bernard-Jones, [email protected]; Newsletter: Annette Sauerbrunn, [email protected]; Education: Karen Owen [email protected]; Program: Kathy Neelon, [email protected]; Government Relations: Donna Kosiorowski, [email protected]; NESNC Liaison: Nancy Netherwood, [email protected]; EMS– C: Trish Vayda; NBCSN Liaison: Donna Kosiorowski, [email protected]; Member at Large: Mary Anne Porto, [email protected]

Volume 13 Issue 1 health, facilitates normal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders that bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potentials. (NASN, 2016) The BOD also approved the new Code of Ethics for School Nurses and several important position statements: The Role of the 21st Century School Nurse; Education, Licensure, and Certification of School Nurses; and Concussions: The Role of the School Nurse. These documents help to inform our practice and are all available on the NASN website. Finally, the BODs continue to focus on the strategic plan which included steps to increase visibility of school nurses through membership and partnerships, advocacy, professional development, and research. Data collection is an essential component of the strategic plan. It is difficult to advocate for the profession without “real time” numbers (as opposed to estimates). Step Up and Be Counted is the NASN initiative to collect a standardized, national data set on the major points (school nurse workforce, children’s chronic conditions, and disposition of the student after a health office visit or encounter). It is a responsibility of all school nurses to participate in data collection at the local, state and national level so get involved and start counting what you do!

“Chuck a Buck a Day Away”

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start or join a study group, check out the Handbook on the NBCSN website including the resources at the end; talk to your state NBCSN liaison; check out the online CE on the NASN site; read The Journal of School Nursing (JOSN) and NASN School Nurse AboutNASN/OurPublications


read the NASN Position Statements http://;

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take the practice test; check out your state’s or a neighboring state’s annual conference, attend the NASN annual conference in San Diego, and “Chuck a Buck a Day Away”.

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By next November you will be ready to take the exam! Hooray!!!!

School Nursing Certification Donna Kosiorowski MS RN NCSN The National Board for Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN) endorses the concept of voluntary certification by examination for all school nurses. Professional certification in school nursing provides an ongoing, quality credentialing process for eligible school nurses. Certification represents a national standard of preparation, knowledge, and practice. To assist with this recognition, the NBCSN provides the opportunity for school nurses to set the standards for their specialty area through voluntary professional certification. Congratulations to newly certified school nurses (NCSN): Pamela Nelebar, RN, Guilford Public Schools Emily Belardinelli, RN, AH Rockwell School, Bethel Susanne Bookbinder, RN, MA, School Nurse, Westport CT

Do you want to take the NCSN exam, but think you can’t afford it? “Chuck a Buck a Day Away”! Save a dollar a day and in a year you will have enough to take the exam. This will help you to save enough money to take the exam, and give you plenty of time to prepare. So why not plan on taking the exam in November of 2017? Wondering how to prepare? You can:

Maureen Kiernan, MS, APRN, School Nurse, Westport CT Suzanne Levasseur, MS, APRN, CPNP, School Nurse Supervisor, Westport CT

For a complete list of NCSN’s in Connecticut go to:

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New England School Nurse Conference Recap

ship of the Smoothie break on Saturday afternoon.

Chlo-Anne Bobrowski

Save the date for the 2017-18 NESNC hosted by The School Nurses Association of Maine at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine.

Martha Jedson, RN, from New Hampshire, reestablished the regional New England School Nurse conference in 1987 to promote an educational and networking conference during the first weekend in May. Our New England region includes School Nurse Associations from CT, VT, NH, Maine, MA, and RI. The states rotate hosting the NESNC every year. We are very pleased to recap our experience as hosts for the 201617 NESNC conference. The 2016 New England School Nurses Conference was held Sat, April 30th- Sunday May 1st 2016 at the regal Mystic Marriott and Spa in Groton CT. Hosted by the Association of School Nurses of CT (ASNC) our New England school nurses received a full weekend of extraordinary educational opportunities, spectacular social networking opportunities, professional and school-based poster presentations, and engaging vendors.

This conference will enable you to attend education sessions that are directly applicable to your work. It will also make it possible for you to build a professional network with school health experts and colleagues from around the region! Hope to see you all again in Maine!

Some Pictures from the conference...

The title of our conference was “School Nurses- Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity”. The NESNC Objectives reflected and embraced the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) conference objectives which include: 1) Improve collaborative partnerships at the local, state, and regional level to improve the school nurse’s practice in school health. 2) Provide multiple educational opportunities to regional school nurses that promote health and disease prevention for self, students, and the school community and 3) Provide current research and evidence-based information to attendees. Based on our post conference evaluations, we achieved these objectives with high ratings. The Association of School Nurses of CT is an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the CT Department of Education. Attendees were able to receive up to 7.75 hours of continuing educational hours. This is an especially important feature for the Nationally Certified school nurses who were able to apply the continuing education hours toward their certification. We were very excited to announce that ASNC would offer 3 keynote speakers. In addition, 4 selections for breakout sessions were available in both the morning and afternoon sessions on Saturday plus 3 selections were available on Sunday morning. This conference was rich in offerings for the attendance fee. The Executive Board of ASNC would like to thank all of its members for supporting the conference. We would also like to thank all of our sponsors and especially School Health’s sponsorship of our Hospitality Suite on Friday night and the National Dairy Council’s sponsor-

Annette Sauerbrunn and Joan Cagginello creating centerpieces for the conference

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Recent ASNC Retirees Mary Anne Porto BSN RN NCSN ASNC Member-at-Large

Three ASNC members recently retired from School Nursing including Karen Charpentier, Jan Casey, and Sue Cesareo. Jan Casey retired from the Milford School System at the end of September. She received her nursing degree from the University of Bridgeport, School of Nursing, and started her career in school nursing in 1997, working as a substitute until 2000 when she became a fulltime school nurse in Milford. She worked in a number of schools in the city, spending the last few years at West Shore Middle School, her “home away from home”. Her supervisor, Joan Campbell, remarked that Jan’s expertise in pediatrics and her friendly and compassionate manner towards all have been a positive influence within the Milford community. Karen Charpentier retired from Regional School District #13 (Middlefield/Durham) in June, working for the past 19 years as the school nurse for John Lyman School in Middlefield. A 1962 graduate of the Worcester Hahnemann Hospital School, Worcester, MA, Karen worked in the pediatric department of that hospital for one year before marrying her high school sweetheart and moving to Middlefield, where they raised their 2 children. Prior to her career in school nursing, Karen worked for 10 years in the pediatric and orthopedic departments at Meriden Wallingford Hospital followed by 3 years at Cocomo Memorial Health Care Facility and one year as an office nurse for an allergist. Karen and her husband moved to Cape Coral, Florida, in July. Sue Cesareo retired as the nursing supervisor for New Canaan schools. She has been a very active member of ASNC for many years. We wish to thank our retirees for their many years of service and wish them all the best as they begin the next chapter in their lives.

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The following table has been developed to illustrate the differences in the school nurses’ roles from the early 80’s to the present, for use by the CT School Nurse Advisory Council. But, we need your help to fill in some of the blanks in the first two columns. Please contact us at [email protected] with your ideas and suggestions. We hope to get input from school nurses of all ages throughout the state, and welcome your comments. Thank you!

Table of Comparisions DRAFT 2016 School Nurse Role 1982


Review Physicals and Immunizations

Review Physicals and Immunizations

Medication Administration- primarily inhalers/medications for Attention Deficit Disorders

Medication Administration Teach others to administer: Teachers Principals Paras Coaches Diastat* Epinephrine* Glucagon*

Manage illness and Injuries

Manage illness and Injury Develop health histories Care plans/ emergency care plans Instruct teachers, support personnel* Instruct transportation staff Emergency management teams Technology: Electronic Health records Tracheostomy care Feeding tubes Diabetic Pumps Catheters/ Ports Tele medicine Supervise health assistants Supervise Private Duty Nurses Multidisciplinary teams PPT/504 meetings PT, OT, Speech Pathologists

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2016 Case management-Students with special needs State Surveys Asthma- DPH* Immunization Survey- DPH School Health Services Survey including concussion data- SDE Cultural Competence School Climate District Committees Community committees and agencies

Staff Education

Food Allergies, Wellness Policy Tools for Schools Epinephrine/Anaphylaxis

Emergency Education

CPR and AED* Courses Equipment Location of Area of Refuge, safe transport of students with crutches, wheelchairs during emergencies


Transportation Playground

Field Trips

Day Overnight Extended day International Care planning


Instruction regarding medication administration, proper forms, sign out sheets for scheduled medications Pregnancy Mental Health Multiply disabled Preschool Alternative programs

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