MJM Aug 2014From the SNOM President

  • Greetings!

    The SNOM Board of Directors met on January 12, 2015. Highlights of the meeting include:

    • The instillation of Liz Zeno as our NASN Director. The National Association Director represents SNOM at the NASN Board of Directors’ meetings as a voting member. During the four-year term, the Director approves policies, procedures, and regulations that govern NASN operations and programs.

    • Discussion and acceptance of the fiscal budget allocation for 2015-2016 Fiscal Year (April 1 - March 31)

    • Step Up and Be Counted: National School Nurse Data Base- three data collections throughout the year. Cheryl Smoot recently sent out the call for the second data set.

    • The SNOM Special Education Committee announced their plans for an April 30, 2015 conference. Topic will be mental health / behavior in school age children. Looks for more details soon.

    • Strategic Plan Update: Three small groups discussed updates and changes to our three year strategic plan review. Comments were recorded and the Executive Committee is scheduled to meet in February to review the plan and bring it to the April 20, 2015 board meeting. Sandy Munson, LSN (Walker, MN) was able to contribute to the discussion using “Go To Meeting.” Thank you Sandy and extra thanks to SNOM member Beatrice Benda for managing the Go To Meeting control panel.

    We are at the half way point through the 2014-2015 school year…”the rest is a piece of cake”…right? I hope so but if you have questions or need some support reach out to a SNOM member! 

  • 2014 School Nurse of the Year

    M. TomesThe School Nurse Organization of Minnesota is pleased to announce the 2014 School Nurse of the Year.  This honor recognizes one licensed school nurse annually who embodies the organizations’ ideal.  Nominated by her peers, Mary Tomes is most worthy of this honor. Mary was honored at a luncheon on November 8, 2014.

    Mary Tomes, MSN, RN, LSN is a school nurse at St. Paul Public Schools. She received her Master of Science in Public Health Nursing from the University of Minnesota.

    At St. Paul Public Schools, Mary works in Early Childhood/Special Education (ECSE) where she keeps the focus on the child during her assessments and mentoring of nursing students. Eight years ago, she was asked to develop a team and process for the district’s standardization of the 504 plan. She also worked on an “Allow Natural Death/DNR” document and with her PLC developed a decision making tree for the level of nursing care for medically fragile children.

    For six years, Mary has been a member of the School Nurse Organization of Minnesota Special Education Committee.  As a co-chair of a mental health grant in conjunction with Washington County Public Health, Mary helped to bring in speakers and information on suicide prevention.

  • 2014 School Nurse Administrator of the Year

    Tammy JohnTammy John, DNP, RN CNP, LSN has been selected as the SNOM 2014 School Nurse Administrator of the Year! Tammy is the district lead school nurse at South Washington County Schools. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) at the University of Minnesota and is a nationally certified Pediatric Nurse Practioner.

    At South Washington County Schools, Tammy led a quality improvement project for asthma. As the district lead nurse, she is responsible for coordinating, managing, and evaluating the district health service. Tammy is a mentor for health service personnel and nursing students. Her duties include district staff training and maintaining the health service budget.

    Tammy is on the School Nurse Organization of Minnesota legislative committee, currently serving as the chair. She also represents South Washington County Schools Health Service at local and state public health meetings.