There is excitement in the air and sparks are flying as we prepare for the new school year. Fall is the school nurse's Spring as we plant the seeds for our student’s health and safety so they are ready to learn.
Adding to my excitement is the beginning of my term as your SNOM President. This organization has "been there for me" helping me nurture and grow my practice for many years. I look forward to working with the board to move SNOM's mission forward.
The SNOM Board met on August 11th. Here are some highlights:
Many words of thanks and gratitude to Mary Heiman for leading SNOM for the past 4 years. Representing SNOM and epi-pen legislation at the Capital, reorganizing board member responsibilies and the membership guide are just three of the many tasks she accomplished!
Erika Yoney reported that 75 nurses have registered to attend the LSN Orientation workshop on August 12 & 13
Lillian Levine reported on her trip to Washington, DC, which was the final leg of the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP). SNOM will be sponsoring another member to attend the program in 2016.
Cindy Hiltz shared that the NASN conference in San Antonio was well attended including Liz Zeno who will be inducted as SNOM’s new NASN Director in January. Look for a new updated NASN website soon.
As chair of the Program Committee, Lillian also reported that Firing Up: Purpose in Our Practice will be held Nov. 8-9, 2014 at the Minneapolis Marriot NW. Speakers are confirmed and the brochure is being developed.
Janet Lowe reported for the Special Education Committee. 77 attended (in person and through webinar) the May 20th conference related to children with autism. It was a huge success with 86% indicating that the information from the panel was clear and concise and over 91% indicated the panel responded well to questions. The committee is discussing topics for 2014-2015 and a possible conference in April 2015.
Next Steps: updating the SNOM strategic plan, Fall Annual Conference Nov. 7-8, move SNOM’s listserve to NASN’s SchoolNurseNet platform
The next meeting will take place on October 27, 2014. All members are welcome to attend. Details are on the SNOM website.
Enjoy "planting" your seeds over the next couple of months. It is not an easy task but the pay off is great. If you find yourself losing the energy you need, reach out to a fellow SNOM member for support!
Changes to immunization requirements for children in Minnesota child care, early childhood programs and schools will better protect children and communities from a number of potentially serious diseases, say state health officials. The new rules adopted by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will apply to children enrolling in programs beginning Sept. 1, 2014, and bring Minnesota’s immunizations law in line with current national recommendations and practices.
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Join the School Nurse Organization of Minnesota (SNOM) at our annual conference on November 7and 8 to expand your nursing knowledge and network with school nurse colleagues from around the state.
Online registration will be available soon.