Healthy Schools Campaign Hosted the Inaugural Award
The School Nurse Leadership Award inaugural winners were announced on May 7th, 2014, National School Nurse Day.
According to Health Schools Campaign:
"The five winners and four honorable mentions selected from across the country represent school nurses who are blazing new trails in their field; reimagining the role that school nurses play in school health and wellness, students’ academic success and the health of the larger community. These exemplary individuals have made significant contributions in the following nurse leadership categories: state, policy, urban schools, rural schools, and innovative programs."
School Nurse Leadership Award nominees were evaluated according to criteria outlined by HSC’s successful School Nurse Leadership Training Program, which includes:
- Efforts to change school health policy
- Promoting evidence-based practices
- Working effectively with others
Final winners and honorable mentions were selected by a national panel of school health experts.
Winners receive a certificate of recognition, a $500 gift card to School Health catalog, and they will be featured in HSC’s blog and webinar series. Maico Diagnostics and School Health Corporation sponsored the award.
Congratulations to the 2014 Award Winners
Outstanding State Leader: Cheri Dotson, Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe, N.M. – Over her 31-year career as a school nurse, Cheri spent two terms as president of the New Mexico School Nurse Association and is the lead nurse for Santa Fe Public Schools. She is a wellness champion in her district, and she is part of a school nurse team collaborating with the University of New Mexico Hospital emergency medical staff to create a virtual school nurse behavioral health emergencies training module.
Outstanding Policy Leader: Katherine Park, Oak Brook Elementary School, Ballwin, Mo. – Katherine is a recognized expert on diabetes care and treatment within the Parkway School District and across the state of Missouri. She created a Diabetes Personnel Training toolkit that is used within her district and is being adopted in districts throughout the state to care for students with diabetes. She leads Parkway's Diabetes Personnel Training program and helped develop statewide diabetes personnel training standards.
Outstanding Urban School Leader: Kathleen Ryan, Lincoln High School, San Diego, Calif. – Kathleen understands the critical relationship between school health and students academic success. Serving in a low-income school, Kathleen garnered the necessary support to bring a school-based health center (SBHC) to her school to address students unmet health care needs. The SBHC opened in 2008, providing free primary and preventative care, health education and behavior health services to the school's 2,400 students. Today, the SBHC is a community hub that links students, parents and the school with community resources.
Outstanding Rural School Leader: Kelly Wagner, River Valley Local Schools, Marion, Ohio – As the only health professional in a four-school district, Kelly has championed the district's health team to improve school health and wellness. Her efforts have led to staff fitness classes, student running clubs and a stronger focus on healthy snacks and rewards for students. She has significantly improved the district's vision care program for students and collaborated with the local fire department to oversee CPR and AED training for school staff members.
Outstanding Innovative Program Leader: Kay Stukenborg, Kettering City Schools, Dayton, Ohio – Serving in a district where many children and their families rely on a "backpack program" that enables students to bring food home on Fridays so they won't go hungry over the weekend, Kay implemented a healthy and budget-friendly meal preparation class for students and parents. The class spawned a cookbook containing easy, healthy recipes for home-cooked meals, and a "Meals with Manners" class, teaching kids how to set the table, prepare balanced plates and use proper table manners.
Gena Byrd, Green County Schools, Snow Hill, N.C.
Deanna Dubay, Saginaw Intermediate School District, Saginaw, Mich.
Juanita Gryfinski, St. Charles Community School District 303, St. Charles, Ill.
Nick Herrick, Beechwood Schools, Fort Mitchell, Ken.
Pictured below: Juanita Gryfinski & Michael Marcus, Territory Manager at School Health
Be sure to follow the Healthy Schools Campaign Blog for award-winner case studies and for information about upcoming webinars highlighting their work.
Congratulations to the Winners and Everyone who Participated!
Our judging panel truly appreciated the hard work that everyone put in to the creation of their videos. We hope that these videos will help bring awareness to the important role of the school nurse in our nation's schools.
The winners below will receive a School Health Gift Card for their school to be used for health supplies and equipment. We had originally planned to award 3 prizes for a total of $9,500 in gift cards. However, there were so many excellent videos that our judges decided to add additional Honorable Mention awards for a total of $14,500 in awards.
Additionally, all other entrants will receive a $75 gift card from School Health for their participation!
Grand Prize ($5,000)
"Petri Dish Elementary School"
Klein ISD in Spring, TX
Submitted by: Yvonne Clarke
Grand Prize Honorable Mention "Best Health Topic" ($2,500)
"Anaphylaxis is a serious, life threatening allergic reaction. Keeping students safe through proper health care is essential."
Submitted by: Lisa Rummel
Voting - 5000+ Votes ($2,500)
"Beebe Believes in School Nurses!"
Beebe Early Childhood in Beebe, AR
Submitted by: Amber Vanaman
Voting - 5000+ Votes ($2,500)
"Why Every Child Deserves a School Nurse-Nurse, Nurse, Baby"
Wise County Public Schools in Wise, VA
Submitted By: Joyce Addington
Honorable Mention - Best Song/Dance ($1,000)
"We Love Our Marbut School Nurse"
Marbut Elementary in Lithonia, GA
Submitted By: Catherine Howard
Honorable Mention - Best Parent Testimonials ($500)
“Only a few, of the million and one reasons, why Every Child Deserves a School Nurse.”
South Range Elementary School, Derry, NH
Submitted By: Susan Linehan
Honorable Mention - Best Performance of an Original Song ($500)
“Every Child Deserves a Happy School Nurse”
Western Heights Public Schools, Oklahoma City, OK
Submitted By: Angela Plasters
Honorable Mention -Cutest Video ($500)
"Every Child Deserves a School Nurse: Hardy Elementary"
Isle of Wight County Schools in Smithfield, VA
Submitted By: Elizabeth Denoncourt
Watch the rest of the "Every Child Deserves a School Nurse" Video Contest entires (each will receive a $75 School Health Gift Card):
Try This Fun and Easy Craft for School Nurse Day
Share using the Hashtag #SchoolNurseIsIn
This is a short and easy craft tutorial on how to create your own "The School Nurse is IN" and "School Nurse is OUT" sign for your Health Office at school (or kids can make one for their School Nurse as a gift!).
1. Print out the free printable graphics on 8.5 x 11 paper
Click to open pdf document to print (2 pages) >>
2. Color and decorate art
3. Place the 2 sheets together, blank sides facing each other
4. Laminate the sheets together
5. Punch a hole in the upper right and upper left-hand corners
6. Use a ribbon to hang the sign from
7. Hang outside your Health Office and flip to IN when you are available!
Share your completed project with us on Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #SchoolNurseIsIn
Click to download the free printable>>
Happy School Nurse Day and enjoy your new IN/OUT sign from School Health.
Get In Touch with Breast Health – for Life!
By: Mary Ann Wasil
Breast Cancer Survivor, President, CEO & Founder, The Get In Touch Foundation
My daughters were just turning 12 and 13 years old in 2004 when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer. My son had just turned 10 and I was 39.
I had no family history of breast cancer and the lump I found on my left breast was not detected on a mammogram.
Breast self-exam saved my life.
My stage two diagnosis led to an aggressive protocol of dose-dense chemotherapy followed by a bi-lateral mastectomy, which led to the discovery of a malignancy in my right breast, as well.
I knew that my daughters, all three of my children, in fact, now faced a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer than I ever did.
I told my sweet daughters that it would be important for them as they got older and their bodies began to change to know what their normal, healthy breast tissue felt like. I told them to lay down so I could show them how to do a breast self-exam.
They opened their eyes wide and disclosed what I already knew to be true, “um, Mom, we don’t have any breasts.”
I told them that they would one day, and that they should be comfortable and familiar with the way their breasts would change all through their lives, that it was our responsibility to love ourselves enough to “get in touch” with our bodies – for life.
After teaching them how to do a BSE, moms of their friends asked if I would teach their daughters how, as well. Many had a family history of breast cancer and wanted their daughters to get into the habit of good breast health practice as early as possible.
I could not agree more.
After learning from our beloved School Nurse at my children’s elementary school that no formal program existed such as the one I was suggesting she incorporate into the “health, hygiene and menstruation” program at our school, I knew I would be the one to develop such a program.
I also knew the program should be delivered to schools through a non-profit organization so that it could be free to any school that wanted it.
The global educational breast health non-profit organization, The Get In Touch Foundation, was born.
We worked with an advisory board that included a School Nurse, a pediatrician, an oncologist, a breast surgeon, and an educator; we held focus groups with School Nurses and girls ages 8-18.
The Get In Touch Girls’ Program & Daisy Wheels were born.
The Daisy Wheel is an interactive tool specifically designed for girls in grades 5-12. It guides girls through the various steps or “petals” of a breast self-exam using language appropriate and interesting to their age group and helps remove the stigma and clinical feel from the practice. The goal of the program is to encourage girls to view regularly “Getting In Touch” with their bodies as a normal part of their life.
We launched our program on September 1, 2009, and as of today, it is being implemented in all 50 states and in 26 countries; 500,00 girls have received Daisy Wheels.
We launched a free Daisy Wheel app on the iTunes Store in June 2011 and to date, it has been downloaded in 80 countries.
Click here to visit the page on our website which provides free access to our online Daisy Wheel Instructional Video.
We have had nothing but positive feedback from students and School Nurses alike.
Our educational initiative is funded in part through individual school participation in “GIT Your Pink On!” Days, which raises awareness and funds to support the program. Students and faculty are asked to consider wearing pink on the third Friday in October (or any other date) and make a suggested donation of $1 to Get In Touch.
Each dollar donated makes a difference; our cost for each Daisy Wheel is approximately $2.00.
The mission of The Get In Touch Foundation and of School Health are similar…we work hard to ensure that our School Nurses and Health Educators have all the tools and resources they need to assist our young people to be as healthy as possible.
The Get In Touch Foundation is proud to call School Health a partner in our global educational breast health initiative.
We are grateful to School Health for having participated in our “GIT Your Pink On!” Day by inviting employees to wear pink and donate to The Get In Touch Foundation!
If you are a School Nurse and are interested in ordering free Daisy Wheels for your students, click here to learn more and place your order.
And don’t forget to do your BSE!
February 6th, 2014
Our recent "Everyday Heroes" contest brought in 24 amazing and inspiring stories from around the country. It was a difficult decision, but our judges selected 3 stories that they felt stood out among the others. These stories showed preparedness, training, and quick thinking that resulted in a successful outcome.
If you have a story to share, you can enter our current "Everyday Heroes" contest (ends June 30th, 2014):
Congratulations to our winners, and to all of the entrants who saved a life!
"As a school nurse of 600 plus elementary students, I am very fortunate that all staff members on my campus are First Aid and CPR trained. It always helps to have an extra set of eyes and people that can help during an emergency. During one of our lunch periods we had a student that started to choke while eating her food. Our school secretary jump on to help to the student and performed the Heimlich maneuver. The student was able to dislodge the food item after first aid was administered. With out proper training to our staff who know what could have happened if the staff waited for me to enter into the cafeteria. I am very blessed to have a staff that cares about safety and health of our students just as much as I do. These are our children while they are away from their parents and we care for them just as if they were our own."
Mary Jane Cote
Lincoln, Rhode Island
"I have been a registered nurse for over 22 years and have been at my current position of child care health consultant for 9.5 years with The Children's Workshop. I have been teaching CPR and First Aid for the past 5 years and I always tell my students that infant/ child first aid for choking is so important as we have 19 centers with children ranging in age from 2 months to 13 years old. We did have an infant age 11 months choke recently on bread that had become lodged in the back of her throat. The bread was from a soft pizza crust and she had squirreled some away in her cheek while eating her lunch. Several minutes after our feeding time she showed obvious signs of distress and choking. One of our infant staff knew exactly what to do and successfully helped her. Other than being frightened she was perfectly fine. Thank you."
Paterson, New Jersey
"As a charter school, Community Charter School of Paterson is an independent public school governed by a 7-member Board of Trustees consisting of parents, community members, and representatives of New Jersey Community Development Corporation. Our small class sizes, dedicated teachers and administrators, and our commitment to student achievement make CCSP a special place. We also feature a strong focus on connection to the community and ensuring that everyone at CCSP is an advocate for our students and families. This morning, 11/7/13 Dr. Dolci, Vice Principal, performed the Heimlich maneuver when a 2nd grade student was choking on a piece of muffin. Miss Tiffany and Miss Waker were right at her side as they knew exactly what to do. I am so proud of our staff who are trained in First Aid. Student is doing fine. Thank you Dr. Dolci, you saved a life today!!!!!!"
Go to www.schoolhealth.com/everydayheroes to submit your own story.
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A School Nurse Put Remedy Skin Repair Cream to the Test
Shop Now for Remedy Skin Repair Cream for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals>>
"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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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
First Year Athletic Director, Certified Athletic Trainer, and a Parent Come to the Rescue
On Thursday, February 7th during an exciting overtime Girls' Basketball game at Eastchester High School in NY, Neil Berniker, a longtime teacher and referee, suddenly collapsed and hit the floor while officiating the game. Jason Karol, the school's Athletic Director, witnessed the collapse and immediately ran over to assess the situation.
"As soon as I ran over, I saw he wasn't breathing and I yelled to call 911," Karol said. "I told the [athletic] trainer to get the AED because he was gasping for air but he wasn't breathing." Karol, a first year athletic director, began CPR until Ellen Bastoni, the school's Certified Athletic Trainer, returned with the LIFEPAK AED (Automated External Defibrillator). Karen Hefferman, a parent and nurse who was in the stands, also came to assist Karol. Once the AED was connected to the referee, it advised a shock.
The AED delivered a shock with the push of a button and, incredibly, Berniker was successfully revived in front of the 200 people watching solemnly from the stands.
"We saw his eyes open and he started breathing again," Karol said. "He was confused and I just held his hand until the EMT’s got there. He didn't know what happened."
Once EMT's arrived, Berniker was put on oxygen and transported to the intensive care unit. It was reported that he recovered well, and that he was up and walking around and making jokes by the next day.
On February 15th, Eastchester honored the three who came to the aid of Neil Berniker, the referee who collapsed suddenly during a Girl's Basketball game.
From left: Supervisor Anthony S. Colavita, legislator Sheila Marcotte, athletic director Jason Karol, co-president Eastchester Sports Club Diana DiCarlo, trainer Ellen Bastoni, parent Nancy Heffernan, co-president Eastchester Sports Club Dan Schultz and principal Dr. Jeffrey Capuano.
Photo courtesy of Lohud.com
School's AED Program Reviewed Only a Week Before
Eastchester's school nurse, Dee Ambroseo, R.N., writes the school's AED Program assessments and manages the maintenance and placement of the school’s AEDs. She works with the program's Medical Director, Cardiologist Dr. Matilda Taddeo, and Doug Zybrands, Territory Manager from School Health Corporation, to ensure the school is properly prepared for such an event.
"You hope you never have to use [the AED] and then one day it saves a life. It's life alternating in more ways than one" said Ms. Ambroseo of the recent event.
Eastchester has 23 AEDs located strategically throughout their buildings. Interestingly, the week before the referee collapsed during the basketball game, the placement of the AEDs was reviewed and the one used to save Berniker’s life was placed in a more accessible location in the gym so that it could be utilized after normal school hours.
School Health is the leading provider of AEDs to schools in the nation. If your school or organization would like more information, please contact us and one of our knowledgeable representatives will get in touch with you.
You will also get a FREE copy of "The 10 Common Mistakes Made By School AED Programs".
Winning Photo Selected to Become 2012 School Health Catalog Cover
For the second year in a row, School Health hosted the "Day in the Life of a School Nurse" photo contest. We asked nurses to capture an image and send it to us for one of two categories - Best Depiction of a Day in the Life of a Health Professional and Best Reproduction of a School Health Catalog Cover. The response was overwhelming. Thirty schools participated, contributing to a gallery of 97 images, all of which are available to view on the School Health Facebook page. And, for the first time ever, a winning photo was selected to become the cover for our 2012 School Health Fall Catalog.
With her winning photo entry, school nurse Jeannie Langenkamp RN, of Maple Glen Elementary in Westfield, Indiana, told us:
I have been a school nurse for 21 years and it has been the most rewarding and satisfying nursing position I have ever held. My days are filled and fly by. No one day is the same and the children always surprise me with entertaining comments. Family and friends say I should write a book of all the funny statements the kids have made over the years. Working with children just makes me smile. Between cleaning up an abrasion, a nose clip used for a nose bleed that just will not stop and checking blood sugars in order to administer insulin to my diabetic are just a few of the things that are part of my day. In all, I love my job!
Entries this year covered a wide variety of topics including: vision and hearing screening, concussions, nutrition education, immunizations, BMI screening, care of special needs students, diabetes, oral health, asthma and so much more!
A few notable entries included the picture of students and staff who donated their hair to Locks of Love and a little injured chick that was brought to the school nurse by kindergarten students for care.
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We would like to thank all of the school nurses, school staff, students and parents who came together to create this amazing collection of images. To thank each and every participating school nurse for their precious time, energy and creativity, School Health sent a $100 gift card to each entrant. First place winners in each category received a $5,000 gift card and second place winners in each category received a $750 dollar gift card, totaling $14,500 awarded by School Health for the contest.
The contest ended on June 1, 2012. Photos were then reviewed, and the winners selected by a panel of judges which included Mike Hagel, School Health Catalog Cover Artist; Donna Mazyck, MS, BSN, RN, NCSN Executive Director for NASN; and Linda Davis-Alldritt, RN, NASN President. We know it was tough for our judges to pick just 4, but the winners are…
Best Depiction of a Day in the Life of a School Health Professional
1st Place Winner
Jeannie Langenkamp RN
Maple Glen Elementary
2nd Place Winner
Angela Price RN
Riverton USD 404
Best Reproduction of a School Health Catalog Cover
1st Place Winner
Reyne Pohl RN
Waterville Elementary School
2nd Place Winner
Jon Stafford, RN
Winthrop Elementary School
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School Nurses Identified By CDC As Leaders
As the country struggles with how to address the childhood obesity epidemic, schools are increasingly being asked to be a frontline participant in battling the issue. In addition to revamping school lunch menus and vending machines, some schools are implementing BMI programs to monitor the situation since they have access to the vast majority of American youth.
According to the CDC’s Executive Summary on Body Mass Index Measurement in Schools, schools are taking BMI measurements for surveillance and screening purposes. Surveillance results are typically kept anonymous and can be used to track overall trends in different populations. Screening results are typically intended to be shared with the student and parents to help them take appropriate action.
The report outlines that programs should adhere to a number of standards intended to protect students. These standards include, but are not limited to, making sure staff is trained, maintaining accurate equipment for the measurements, and accurately calculating and interpreting the data. School nurses are noted as being ideal personnel to lead these types of programs and train staff, due to their education and background.
To reduce the risk of harming students, BMI measurement programs should adhere to the following safeguards:
(1) introduce the program to school staff and community members and obtain parental consent,
(2) train staff in administering the program (ideally, implementation will be led by a highly qualified staff member, such as the school nurse),
(3) establish safeguards to protect student privacy,
(4) obtain and use accurate equipment,
(5) accurately calculate and interpret the data,
(6) develop efficient data collection procedures,
(7) avoid using BMI results to evaluate student or teacher performance, and
(8) regularly evaluate the program and its intended outcomes and unintended consequences.
BMI Measurement Resources for Nurses
CDC's Executive Summary on Body Mass Index Measurement in Schools>>
AAP's Report on BMI Measurement in Schools>>