A Quick Reference Guide to Choosing a Stethoscope and Aneroid Sphygmomanometer That is Right for You
About School Health Stethoscopes and Aneroid Sphygmomanometers
When designing our School Health Professional stethoscopes and aneroid sphygmomanometers, we made sure to create products that would provide the clinical accuracy and dependable quality needed for today’s school nurse professional – but at the lowest price. Knowing the key differences in our diagnostic products will help you choose the right stethoscopes and aneroid sphygmomanometers for your nursing needs.
School Health Stethoscopes At-A-Glance
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the difference between a single head and dual head chestpiece?
A: A single head chestpiece has both the diaphragm and bell on one side and is ideal for basic assessment, including taking blood pressure. Pulses, breath sounds and some cardiac sounds should be clearly audible using a single head chestpiece.
A dual head chestpiece has the diaphragm on one side and the bell on the other, offering more versatility. The smaller bell side is used to listen to low-frequency lung sounds, while the larger flat side is used to hear higher-frequency heart sounds.
Q: What is the difference between single tubing versus double tubing?
A: Single tubing has one tube that runs from the chestpiece to the earpiece. Double tubing (Sprague Rappaport-Type) features two tubes for each ear which provides a higher acoustical quality.
School Health Sphygmomanometers At-A-Glance
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What is the difference between a standard air valve and deluxe air valve?
A: The deluxe air release valve has a filter screen in the end valve for improved, more precise deflation control, and the standard does not.
A School Nurse Put Remedy Skin Repair Cream to the Test
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"I have been using the Skin Repair Cream for ten days. As a nurse, I wash my hands continually and therefore have frequent issues with dry and cracked skin. The cream absorbs rapidly and provides moisture for hours. When applying the cream, it is not oily and does not leave a sticky residue on your skin.
Even if the skin on my hands is not dry and or cracking, my cuticles always tend to be dry. When using regular lotions, I use an oil or cream to moisturize my cuticles. While using this cream, I have not had to use any additional products on my cuticles.
I had a torn cuticle that was red and extremely tender. I applied the lotion three times during the school day. By the end of the day, it was barely pink and not tender at all!
I previewed the scented cream. The fragrance was pleasantly subtle and not overwhelming. The unscented cream would be a great option for healthcare providers and those with fragrance sensitivities."
Product Review by Amy Whaley, R.N.
District Nurse, Bloomington Independent School District
Remedy Skin Repair Cream has a variety of uses in addition to working well as a hand cream. Remedy can also be used on the face, body and legs. It is specially formulated for people who are at-risk for skin breakdown. It works great as a daily therapy to help moisturize and protect delicate skin, and also provides relief to skin affected by sunburn, itching or dryness.
Remedy Skin Repair Cream contains twice as much Olivamine as any other product - Olivamine is a blend of antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and methylsulfonylmethan, which are all known to play a vital role in basic cellular construction and protection.
Remedy will not interfere with the antimicrobial properties of CHG (Chlorhexidine Gluconate), and can be used before or after washing with CHG products. It can also be used with Latex gloves without degrading them.
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This blog was written for School Health by Jen Repovsch, Au.D., an audiologist with Maico Diagnostics in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Before joining Maico in 2004, she worked as an educational audiologist in the state of Arizona serving and advocating for children with hearing loss.
Technology Has Changed….Is Your Hearing Screening Equipment Up-To-Date?
Technology changes and advances at an incredible rate. So fast sometimes that it is difficult to keep up! Luckily all of these advances benefit medical devices too, including devices used to screen hearing. You may ask, how can an audiometer change? Isn’t a hearing screening just a hearing screening? With recent advances in digital technology, audiometers and other hearing screening devices can be made smaller, lighter and pack in more features to make testing even simpler and more efficient. Today, it is easier than ever to find a hearing screening device that meets your needs. Follow the below steps to help select the best audiometer for your program:
Step 1: Identify Your State’s Requirements
The first step in choosing an audiometer for your screening program is to find out if your state has any special requirements. Some states require specific frequency or level ranges, for example. It is always a good idea to first contact your state health department to make sure you have up to date information before choosing an audiometer for your program. You will want to make sure that any equipment you purchase fulfills those requirements for your state guidelines. Once you are comfortable with your state’s requirements, you can explore different audiometer features to decide what will work best for your needs.
Step 2: Determine if Your Audiometer Needs to be Easy to Transport
The next question to take into account is where you will be using the equipment. You may want to consider if the equipment needs to be portable or stationary, or if you will have access to an electrical outlet at the test site. Some audiometers, such as the MAICO MA 25 air-conduction audiometer, have the option to run on either battery or electrical outlet while delivering fully calibrated digital tones for accurate hearing screens. This allows ultimate flexibility if the audiometer will be used in several locations.
Step 3: Consider What Age Groups You Will Be Screening
The age group that you will be screening may also influence your equipment decision. If you will be screening pre-school aged children, you may want to consider an audiometer that includes additional tests geared toward younger children. One example is the Pilot Test Audiometer by MAICO Diagnostics. This air-conduction audiometer includes a standard pure-tone test as well as select picture audiometry. Children listen to speech and point to the correct picture while the speech gets softer and softer. Both the pure-tone test and select picture audiometry test are housed in one portable unit, allowing for flexibility in test method.
If a full-feature audiometer is required to perform air, bone and speech testing, you may want to consider one that has built-in speech files. With digital technology, calibrated speech files can now be embedded into the audiometer, eliminating the need for separate CD’s and an external CD player. This is especially convenient if you are testing at more than one location. These speech files are now available in portable stand-alone audiometers and don’t even require a computer. These files can also include speech-in-noise testing and allow the operator to score the test right on the audiometer. One example is the new MAICO MA 41. This completely updated air-bone-speech audiometer comes with a carrying case and weighs in at only 2.7 pounds, making this an entirely portable system. Built-in wave files and patient storage ensure accurate testing and flexible data management options while maintaining traditional audiometry dial controls.
Step 4: Choose the Desired Format for Your Test Results
Another option to consider is how you plan to handle your test results. Do you prefer hand writing results and storing in a paper file, or do you prefer uploading results directly into an electronic format to store on a computer or server? Many audiometers now have capabilities of storing results in digital file or directly interfacing with a computer. For example, the MAICO MA 25e audiometer directly interfaces with certain EMR software programs used to store test results into a computer database along with other important medical records. Other audiometers come with computer modules that allow the test equipment to interface with a computer and store data into several different types of databases. While others, such as the MAICO MA 41, even allow data to be stored as a PDF or directly to a flash drive for easy transfer of results at a later date. With all of the changes to electronic health records, it is important to consider how you will handle your test results when purchasing an audiometer for your hearing screening program.
Free Help Selecting an Audiometer
Whatever your situation, there is an audiometer available to meet your needs, from portable to desk-top models, screening to diagnostic versions. It’s important to know what type of screening or testing you need to accomplish and in what environment(s) the equipment will be used. Armed with this information, you will find the perfect audiometer for your situation! Visit the School Health website to view the full line of MAICO screening audiometers and products or request a free consultation and download the 7 ways to screen using play audiometry >>
School Health and the makers of the Act+Fast Anti-Choking Trainer want to hear your choking rescue stories. Have you successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver on someone? Did someone save your life or your child’s life by stepping in and using their skills to prevent a tragedy? Have you witnessed someone at school save someone from choking?
We want to honor those individuals who have put their skills to the test when it mattered most. Please share your story with us and we will publish your stories of “Everyday Heroes” on our Facebook page.
We hope that these stories will inspire others to learn lifesaving skills.
Please submit your story before December 31st, 2013 to be eligible for a prize.
1st Place: (1) Act+Fast Anti-Choking Trainer
2nd Place: (1) Act+Fast Choking Prevention & Rescue Training Curriculum
3rd Place: $25 School Health Gift Card
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The prize winners will be announced after January 1st, 2014. Winners will be contacted via email.
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About the Author: Richard Tirendi is the engineer and entrepreneur that co-founded a national non-profit organization to protect children’s vision. As a child, Mr. Tirendi had experienced several weeks of total blindness due to a poisonous insect bite… a terrifying experience that he did not share for nearly 30 years. Upon meeting nationally recognized pediatric ophthalmologist (children’s eye surgeon) James O’Neil, M.D., Richard knew that Dr. O’Neil’s desire to revolutionize the detection of vision problems in children was an unprecedented opportunity to positively impact millions of children and their families. Mr. Tirendi serves as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer.
A Public Health Dilemma Afflicting Children – But Very Few are Aware
Many parents, educators, and even some physicians are unaware that certain vision disorders, if not detected and treated early in life, can result in a condition known as amblyopia or “lazy eye” - the most common cause of blindness in persons under the age of 45. Detection of amblyopia can be challenging because often the child can see clearly with one eye, allowing them to read a book and see the blackboard. You can’t necessarily look at a child and see that they are suffering with a vision problem.
Up to 1 in 4 children has a vision disorder and, if their vision has always been blurred, they simply don’t know any different. This is a public health dilemma afflicting our children with a prevalence and severity of which very few are aware. Poor vision adversely impacts virtually every aspect of a child’s life – academically, psychosocially and ultimately, economically. The good news is that most vision problems can be treated inexpensively and successfully – but the problems must first be found. This is cannot be overstated – the key to addressing this dilemma is detection!
How to Solve a Public Health Dilemma With New Technology - Without Incurring Huge Costs
It would be wonderful for every child to be examined by a professional eye doctor every year, but that is not logistically or financially pragmatic. We must not turn a blind eye. The responsible course of action is to screen children for vision problems and refer children that do not pass the screening to an eye care professional for diagnosis and appropriate medical follow-up. However, the traditional and most common method for vision screening children is the eye chart… the same technique used in 1862.
In late 2000, James O’Neil, M.D., a nationally recognized pediatric ophthalmologist (children’s eye surgeon), and I (a technology developer) joined forces to radically improve the accuracy, reliability, and affordability of vision screening children. Dr. O’Neil instinctively understood that children loved games and further understood the benefits of computerized automation. Over the past decade, we developed an innovative approach to assess the entire visual system of the child while they “play” a 3-minute video game.
A Passion for Protecting Children's Vision Becomes the Nation's Only Non-Profit Dedicated to Eliminating Undetected Vision Disorders
I recently had the privilege of discussing the importance of childhood vision on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. This critically important topic has been overlooked for far too long and our children deserve better. As you will see in this brief interview, a solution now exists to help virtually every child.
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The “Video Game Solution” is Born and is Easy to Implement in Schools
EyeSpy 20/20 vision screening system literally detects anything that impacts a child’s ability to see and does not require any specialized training to operate. When independently studied by the Storm Eye Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina, EyeSpy 20/20 mimicked the results obtained by certified ophthalmic technicians using gold-standard vision testing equipment. As a fun game, it removes children’s trepidation about getting their vision screened while saving schools precious time and resources by offering the following benefits:
Unlimited installations within each school – literally turning as many laptops as the school wishes into a powerful vision screener that assesses visual acuity, depth perception, and color vision deficiency
There is much more I wish to share in future blogs but until then, please contact SchoolHealth at 866-323-5465 or visit their website to learn more about the videogame that can save children’s vision.
I am truly honored that EyeSpy 20/20 is in use at hundreds of schools across the country and has accurately screened more than 200,000 children. It is my sincere hope that millions of children receive annual EyeSpy 20/20 vision screenings - Because Every Child Deserves To See.
Richard S. Tirendi
CEO & Co-founder, VisionQuest 20/20 – a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization
Ask the Expert with P. Kay Nottingham Chaplin, Ed.D. and Jennifer Mallo, MPH, CHES
Q: Are there any position statements or studies that are specific to vision screening instruments?
A: In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics, with the sponsorship of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and the American Association of Certified Orthoptists, published a newInstrument-based Pediatric Vision Screening Policy Statement, replacing the previous statement from 2002.
According to the policy statement:
“Instrument-based screening is quick, requires minimal cooperation of the child, and is especially useful in the preverbal, preliterate, or developmentally delayed child. Children younger than 4 years can benefit from instrument-based screening, and visual acuity testing can be used reliably in older children” (Miller & Lessin, 2012).
Q: How is this different than the previous guidelines?
A: The previous position paper on this topic was released by the group was in 2002, titled "Use of Photoscreening for Children's Vision Screening". Needless to say, there have been many technological advances since the last paper was published. The 2002 position paper addressed the use of the photoscreener for vision screening and concluded that although it should be studied more extensively, it was an innovative tool for screening certain populations (infants, toddlers, those with developmental delays) and could increase the rate of vision screening for preschool-aged children.
The new 2012 policy statement still supports ongoing research, but provids more language about when instrument-based screening would be acceptable or recommended.
Q: What does the position paper say about mass vision screenings, like those conducted by schools, early childhood programs, Head Starts and non-profit organizations?
A: The policy paper does not specifically address mass vision screening programs. It addresses what type of vision screening should be utilized in the child’s “medical home”.
Q: How is vision screening with instruments different than screening with eye charts?
A: Instruments measure refractive error involving the eye; eye charts measure visual acuity or the clearness of vision at the brain level. For example, an instrument report may indicate that a child has slightly blurred vision and the eye chart result may indicate that the slightly blurred vision is insufficient to require prescription eye glasses.
Q: How do I decide which type of instrument to use?
A: Instrument-based screening includes handheld autorefractors, such as the Welch Allyn SureSight, and photoscreeners such as PediaVision Spot and Plusoptix S09 or S12. Instruments measuring one eye at a time, like the Welch Allyn SureSight, cannot detect eye misalignment; instruments measuring both eyes simultaneously, like the PediaVision Spot or Plusoptix, can detect eye misalignment.
Handheld autorefractors and photoscreeners may be used for the early detection of conditions that may lead to amblyopia.
Q: Can I continue using eye charts?
A: Yes, the group still stands behind the tried-and-true visual acuity screening charts as a viable practice for screening vision. For example, according to the policy statement, for children ages 4 to 5 years, instrument-based screening has not been shown to be superior or inferior to eye charts (Schmidt, et al., 2004). Eye charts can be used reliably for children aged 5 years and older. Instruments can also be used with older children.
Q: How do I decide what to use based upon the age group that I am screening?
A: See this helpful summary from our vision screening expert, Dr. P. Kay Nottingham Chaplin, Ed.D (the full article can be accessed here)
Children Aged 6 Months to 3 Years According to the Policy Statement:
- Vision screening with photoscreeners and handheld autorefractors may be electively performed in children 6 months to 3 years of age.
- Instrument-based screening for this age group permits earlier detection of conditions that may lead to amblyopia.
Children Aged 3 Years Through 5 Years According to the Policy Statement:
- Devices are recommended as an alternative to eye chart visual acuity screening.
- The group does not rule out using eye charts for children aged 3 years through 5 years.
- The policy statement reads that the use of vision charts and standard physical examination techniques to assess amblyopia in children ages 3 to 5 years of age in the medical home remains a viable practice at the present time.
- For children aged 4 to 5 years, devices â€œhave not been shown to be superior or inferior to visual acuity eye testing with the use of vision charts.
Children Aged 6 Years and Older According to the Policy Statement:
- The use of visual acuity eye charts become more efficient and less costly in the medical home for children aged 6 years and older.
- For children older than 5 years, visual acuity testing by using vision charts can be used reliably and should be performed every 1 to 2 years.
- Photoscreening and handheld autorefractors can be used with older children who are unable or unwilling to cooperate with routine acuity screening.
Preverbal Children, Preliterate Children, and Children with Disabilities According to the Policy Statement:
- Devices offer hope for improving the rate of vision screening for preverbal and preliterate children, as well as children with developmental delays, who are the most difficult to screen.
The policy statement provides choices while giving the official green light to use devices for young 3-year-old children who can be difficult to screen when they are not cognitively ready to participate in eye chart screening.
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If you have a question that was not answered above, please let us know in the comment section below and our Public Health Expert and Product Manager, Jennifer Mallo, will research the answer! Jennifer has her Masters Degree in Public Health and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.
Ikeda, J., Davitt, B. V., Ultmann, M., Maxim, R., & Cruz, O. (2012). Brief report: Incidence of ophthalmologic disorders of children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Online February 21, 2012, 1-5. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-012-1475-2
Miller, J. M., Lessin, H. R., American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Ophthalmology, Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, & American Association of Certified Orthoptists. (2012). Instrument-based pediatric vision screening policy statement. Pediatrics, 130(5), 983-986. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-2548. Retrieved from http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/130/5/983.full.pdf+html
Schmidt, P., Maguire, M., Dobson, V., Quinn, G., Ciner, E., Cyert, L., . . . Vision in Preschoolers Study Group. (2004). Comparison of preschool vision screening tests as administered by licensed eye care professionals in the Vision in Preschoolers Study. Ophthalmology, 111(4), 637-650. Retrieved from http://download.journals.elsevierhealth.com/pdfs/journals/0161-6420/PIIS0161642004001629.pdf
An Important Hearing Test for Young Children
Detecting hearing loss in young children is critical to ensuring their progress in speech development and overall learning. This is accomplished through a process called audiometry
, which tests a person’s ability to hear a range of sounds. The device used to carry out the test is called an audiometer
The Basics of Hearing Loss
Sound begins as a wave vibration that is funneled into the ear, causing the eardrum to vibrate. This sets off a series of chain reactions through the middle ear to the inner ear, where the vibrations are turned into electrical signals and sent to the brain. If any part of this process malfunctions, it can cause an individual to have hearing loss or difficulty. Depending on what is causing the hearing problem, an individual may experience a wide range of symptoms, such as the inability to hear certain tones or hear out of one ear. Audiometry tests detect an individual’s particular hearing difficulties in order to identify areas for further testing or treatment.
Types of Audiometry
In basic tone audiometry, the test subject wears headphones plugged into an audiometer and is presented with tones of different intensities, frequencies, and pitches. The test is done on one ear at a time, and the test subject pushes a feedback button when he or she hears a sound. In speech audiometry, the test subject is asked to identify or repeat back spoken words he or she hears through the headphones. Both forms of audiometry provide valuable information regarding hearing development in young children.
Audiometry for Children
In order to administer an audiometry test to children, creativity is sometimes required. Some children might find headphones intimidating. One way to counter this common fear is for the child to role play as a pilot, turning the test into a game. Another issue that arises in audiometry for children is the problem of boredom and short attention spans. To counter this problem, spoken words in speech audiometry tests can be paired with bright, colorful pictures in a matching game.
Because of the importance of audiometry testing in detecting early childhood hearing loss and identifying proper treatment, School Health provides free consultation to schools on implementing a hearing screening program. Included with this consultation is a free download of “The 7 Ways to Screen Using Play Audiometry.”
Evacuation Chairs Critical for Saving Lives
Don't Leave Anyone Behind - Even if No One is in a Wheelchair in Your Building, Greater Than 10% of the Population Has a Disability, Most of Which are not Easily Identifiable.
Asthma, heart issues, seizures, even a temporary injury will create a situation that an individual will require assistance evacuating the building. Evacuation chairs are not just for individuals in wheelchairs.
Asking someone who cannot evacuate on their own to stay in place and wait for help to arrive while everbody else evacuates is unjustifiable, both morally and legally. Help may not arrive in time to save that person.
Evacuation chairs are a simple solution that allows a single person to safely and efficiently bring another person down unlimited flights of stairs without power or heavy lifting.
How Do Evacuation Chairs Work?
Persons who cannot descend stairs on their own need a contingency plan that gets them out of the building easily and safely. Evacuation stair chairs have the ability to descend multiple flights of stairs with ease. This is achieved through the use of specially designed friction belts, which controls the descent speed and allows for a smooth and safe evacuation down stairs and along hallways and corridors. The narrow width of the chairs leaves plenty of room for others to pass on the narrowest of stairwells. A single person can operate the chairs, leaving other essential staff to help others.
Planning ahead for emergencies is not always easy but it’s absolutely critical to ensure the fastest and safest evacuation possible. Many facilities across the U.S. have already bought this life-saving technology. But there are many more whose evacuation plans are out of date and do not include the escape of persons who have mobility issues. Having a plan for emergency evacuations that include evacuation stair chairs for persons with limited mobility can be the difference between life and death.
Evacuation Chairs in the News:
3 Tips for Selecting the Best Evacuation Chair:
Make sure the evacuation chair you select is lightweight, strong, and easy to operate. Avoid any evacuation chairs that are heavy or complex to use. Needless braking systems, heavy or difficult to carry evacuation chairs, or evacuation chairs with multiple parts cannot be counted on in case of an emergency.
Make sure the evacuation chair can be easily carried. You will want to ensure that any gender, trained or not, can use the evacuation chair you select. Most emergencies won't occur right in front of the evacuation chair - it will most likely need to be carried up a flight of stairs, down a hallway, or to an accessible fire stair. A good rule of thumb to remember is that 20 lbs. is a manageable weight, but 50 lbs. is going to be a struggle.
Make sure your evacuation chair easily descends stairs. In order to easily evacuate a person down fire stairs requires the ability to control the speed of descension. There are evacuation chairs on the market today that allow the operator to speed up, slow down, or stop on the stairs with ease, such as the EVAC+CHAIR line of evacuation chairs.
By following the three important tips above when selecting your evacuation chair, you can be confident you are selecting the right evacuation chair for your building. Learn more by browing evacuation chairs online or request a free consultation below.
This blog is adapted from advice given by David Egen, Inventor of the EVAC+CHAIR
Looking for a quick, easy-to-read guide on how and when to use tympanometers? See below for 10 quick facts on using tympanometers.
Tympanometers do not test hearing. It verifies eardrum movement and how the middle ear system sends sound to the inner ear. It can determine whether or not there is fluid in the middle ear space, the size of the ear canal and verify that PE (pressure equalization) Tubes are functioning properly.
The benefit of using a tympanometer is gained when it is used in conjunction with other audiological tests (such as audiometry or otoacoustic emissions). It helps differentiate children who are referring due to middle ear pathologies (e.g. ear infections or perforations) from those who have permanent hearing loss.
Before using a tympanometer, a visual inspection of the ear should be performed using an otoscope. The inspection will look for any signs of inflammation, visible infection, and blockage such as ear wax or foreign objects.
Selecting the appropriate sized ear tip is an essential step when using a tympanometer. You will need to select the ear tip that achieves a seal in the child’s ear canal.
The tympanometer evaluation is an automated pressure sweep that takes about five seconds per ear, and will essentially look to see if the ear drum is moving properly.
If the child does not pass the tympanometer screening, it would be an indication that rescreening should be performed in 6-10 weeks, unless other medical concerns, such as pain or discomfort, accompany the abnormal tympanometer results.
If additional medical concerns are indicated, the child should be referred on for medical evaluation by ENT or audiology.
Durability and portability are typically the two most important factors considered by school districts when purchasing a tymponometer.
There are several brands that offer portable tympanometers with rechargeable batteries making them easy to tote from location to location.
The gold standard of hearing screening is pure tone audiometry, but tympanometers should be considered equally important when monitoring children with middle ear fluid or other middle ear pathologies.
For a more in-depth explanation of tympanometry, read our Best Practice Article: Tympanometry as an Effective Hearing Screening Tool
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Rob and Susan Rogers, Owners of School Health Corporation, are Honored with the NASN President’s Above and Beyond Award
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On Thursday, June 28th at the National Association of School Nurses 45th Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, School Health Corporation was awarded NASN’s President’s Above and Beyond Award in recognition of outstanding services and continuous support of NASN.
School Health has been a regular contributor to NASN’s Endowment Fund, which included a $30,000 founding gift at inception, and achieved the Pinnacle Level ($50,000 or more) of financial support in 2009.
Linda Davis-Alldridt, NASN President, announced that the Endowment Fund principal balance reached $1 million during the conference and the income generated from investing the principal would be used to help fund research and scholarships to improve the specialty practice of school nursing.
Specifically, the NASN Endowment Fund was established to:
• Support research about school nursing and health of school-age children
• Fund grants that improve school nursing practice and school affiliated delivery of healthcare
• Provide scholarships for school nurses seeking graduate degrees and/or certification in advanced nursing practice
Rob Rogers, owner and COO of School Health and the past chairman of the Endowment Committee, explained why School Health continuously supports the NASN Endowment Fund year after year.
“For me it’s about reinvesting in our customers – school nurses – to ensure that they are equipped to succeed in a world of increasing demands and decreasing resources. I’ve never thought of our gifts to the NASN Endowment Fund as anything other than an Investment. It’s a down payment on our future. A long term investment in our children.”
If your company or organization would like to support school nursing, consider the following:
- Monetary Donations – make a large one-time donation or contribute a percentage of your annual marketing budget
- Offer In-kind Resources – utilize your skills and knowledge to help the Endowment Fund raise money and awareness
- Get Others to Join the Cause – leverage your business network and social media to find others who may be interested in supporting the health of our nation’s children
- Support School Nurses Supporting the Fund - donate your company's product or services as incentive prizes for nurses who donate
- Engage Your Employees – promote the Fund internally, and consider matching employee donations to the Endowment Fund
NASN is classified under the Internal Revenue Code as a 501(c)(3) Public Charity.
Financial support of the NASN Endowment Fund qualifies as a charitable contribution and is deductible for federal income tax purposes to the maximum extent allowable by law.
To learn more about the National Association of School Nurses or to make a donation, go to www.nasn.org