MJM Aug 2014From the SNOM President

  • School is in full swing and so it seems are various illnesses.  The junior high students and staff at my school skipped allergy season (or is it yet to come) and are sick with viral and bacterial infections.  I am thankful to be connected to Hennepin County Epidemiology in my area and MDH and MDE resources.  It is my hope that all SNOM members are connected to agencies and other colleagues for knowledge of best practices and support.

    Attending professional development events is a great way to learn about issues in school nursing, enable you to grow in your profession and network with colleagues.  Two great SNOM sponsored opportunities are coming up in November. 

    Diabetes in the School Setting: Overview of What’s New and What’s Tried and True will be held on Saturday, November 1st at the United and Children’s Hospital Conference Center in St. Paul.  The SNOM annual conference, Firing Up: Purpose in Our Practice will be held, November 7-8th at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park. 

    From chronic illnesses such as diabetes to acute illness such as Ebola and Enterovirus D68, we school nurses are expected to know it all.  This is an awesome task which can keep me up at night but knowing that SNOM/NASN and my colleagues are there for me is what my makes my job feasible.

    Hope to see you at a SNOM sponsored event soon!

     Mary Jo