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Two years ago, NASN requested that a "millennial" nurse from each state affiliate attend the Leadership Academy, a pre-conference session at the NASN Annual Conference in Baltimore. This was an effort to develop younger leadership throughout the organization nationally. In Oregon, we recognized that developing leadership capacity is essential to the strengthening of school nursing as a whole, so we developed the Leadership Scholarship which provides funds to help a school nurse 40 years of age or younger to attend NASN Annual Conference. This year, the amount of funding available is $1000 , and the NASN National Conference is being held in Las Vegas from ...
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For the first time, OSNA is offering a post coference session, Youth Mental Health First Aid.   Join a small group of 25 participants in the Youth Mental Health First Aid course, designed to teach adults how to help an adolescent who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5 - step action plan for how to help people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.  If you are interested, register soon, as space is limited.
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Are you on the fence about OSNA membership. Check out the scholarship opportunities !
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As educators around us think about “disrupted learners,” social emotional learning, and trauma informed care, they often make an assumption that the most important solution to the challenges facing students is to increase access to behavioral health professionals. We know that is an oversimplification; the solution requires teams including school nurses working shoulder to shoulder with behavioral health colleagues and educators. To prepare nurses for this work, Spring Conference 2020 addresses factors which create adversity for our students, teaching school nurses to identify risks and foster resilience in our students.   The line up of speakers begins ...
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Spring conference help needed

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Hello fellow school nurses!   Planning for spring 2020 conference has begun and we need committee members.  I am sharing this because we would love to have a robust conference planning committee.  Our conference will be at the Oregon Gardens on April 16 and 17 2020.  We already have the site and a basic idea of content but we need your active participation to help make this conference great.  You probably have a few questions in your head right now-- What  is the time commitment to be a conference planning team member? A few hours a month over the next few months.  Meetings can be done via zoom online and email.  What are the responsibilities? ...
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Oregon Dental information

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Hello-It was suggested that I put updated dental information in this area as a blog.  Here it is!  I can offer one more exciting tidbit here that I did not list in my original post- Rebecca Aalberg, Dental Practice Manager at the OHSU Graduate Medical Education Program,  has confirmed that OHSU does indeed offer a limited number of same day spots for pediatric dental emergencies!   This is likely new information for most school nurses. Moda has changes policies a bit- they now have an $800 max for uninsured students.  They will check for OHP and deny students who are covered by any kind of dental insurance.   A few weeks ago,  I was given an invite to attend ...
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Hi Nurses! With two weeks to go before Fall Conference registration closes (DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER!), we are excited to announce that Ruby R. Jason, MSN, RN, NEA-BC will be presenting the session on the Nurse Practice Act and Delegation. While we will miss the familiar face of Gretchen Koch, we are enthusiastically anticipating the presentation from perspective of Executive Director of the Oregon State Board of Nursing.
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Hi All, I wanted to make sure that everyone has the most up-to-date for Corinna Brower, Oregon State School Nurse Consutant, so here it is! :)W Corinna Brower, RN, MPH State School Nurse Consultant Adolescent and School Health Programs OREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY Public Health Division Corinna.E.Brower@dhsoha.state.or.us Cell phone: 971-401-1424 Office hours: 7am-3:30pm
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This conference is shaping up to be a really exciting opportunity! Participants will have the opportunity to hear from experts in their fields, including Gretchen Koch, MSN, RN of the Oregon State Board of Nursing and Winston Cornwall, PhD, MBA, BA, a civil rights specialist for ODE, along with Oregon colleagues Jan Olson MSNEd, BSN, RN, NCSN, Doctoral Candidate (2019 OSNA School Nurse of the Year) and Corinna Brower, RN-BC, BSN, MPH, our State School Nurse Consultant, as they explore the intersection of ethics, standards, and laws that guide school nursing practice in Oregon.  In addition to hearing important content, nurses will spend ...
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Membership Advocacy Tool

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Clinical conversations are taking place on the OSNA website, but membership is required to see that portion of the website. Non-members who need support when asking their supervisors to fund a membership could benefit from our Membership Advocacy Tool . I cannot attach it here as a PDF, so here is the text of that document: Who should you ask about funding your membership in your state professional organization (OSNA)? One of the difficulties that school nurses have requesting funding for membership in OSNA/NASN is that they do not know who to ask . Ask a colleague for directions about who in your situation would be the best person to appeal to. ...
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I am grateful to OHA for inviting OSNA to participate in the hiring process for the new State School Nurse Consultant. Since her hiring, I have had the opportunity to work with our new State School Nurse Consultant, Corinna Brower, and we agreed that one way to introduce her to school nurses in Oregon would be to share a Q&A session. This is long, but I wanted to make the whole discussion available! Q: What is your background? Why did you apply to the State School Nurse Consultant position? A:  I am quite frankly thrilled to be joining the Oregon Health Authority as the State School Nurse Consultant. I’ve been working toward this type of job for ...
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What is HB3165?? It is a bill which provides for planning grants and operational funding for school health services in 10 districts or ESD’s. Recipients of grants would do a health needs assessment of their community and then plan for a system solution which would improve the school health services. The bill stipulates that at least six school based health centers emerge from this planning. The remaining grant recipients can propose alternative models which would involve increasing access to school nursing ! This bill could have an amazing impact, so we need to do 3 things : 1) First and foremost, if you work in a region with poor social determinants ...
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Hi All, As we look into the immediate future of the chaos which is the start of another school year, it is easy to wring our hands and feel overwhelmed (even though we cannot wait to see our students). Instead, I challenge all of us to take 3 baby steps toward improving school nursing in Oregon before the school year even starts . If every nurse practicing in the school setting will commit to these three steps, we will strengthen school nursing in Oregon immediately . 1) Become a member of OSNA/NASN, our professional organization. I recognize that this presents a financial burden for most of us but maintain that this will be the best $140 we ever spend ...
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Today I received the following letter from Jessica Duke, the manager of the Adolescent and School Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority.  I am extremely grateful that she involved OSNA as part of the interview team, and I am thrilled with both the hiring process AND the result!  Keep your eye on this blog spot, as we will be introducing Corinna Brower, RN-BC, BSN, MPH to you right here! Wendy  NEW INFORMATION: Members can see Corinna's CV with updated contact information in the discussion list! Greetings OSNA Members: I am pleased to announce that Corinna Brower, RN-BC, BSN, MPH – joined the Adolescent and School Health Team as the ...
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One of the most effective strategies OSNA has employed to increase its capacity to do amazing things for school nurses in Oregon has been to hold annual retreats in the summer (when nurses are well rested and becoming energized) to do strategic planning for the upcoming year. Last summer, members of the Legislative and Membership Committees joined the Board, and after some brainstorming the mentoring and template projects were born.  School nurses are so busy (and often overwhelmed) that the default response has always been that "we do not have time to do one more thing." This past year is evidence that if several nurses each take on a part of a project (micro-volunteering), ...
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Please note the firm deadline for registration and reservation of hotel rooms at the discounted rates is March 22, 2019 .  Get more detail including a full schedule of events, registration link, and reservation information .
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My Experience of the Importance of Continuing School Nurse Education Following my attendance at the NASN Conference last June in Baltimore, I have been asked to share some thoughts about why I feel continuing nursing education is so important. To share my ideas, I will use what I learned from the conference keynote speaker, Terri Sjodin, author of Small Message, Big Impact .  Terri shared many hints to make our message heard; among them that we must focus on the truth in our message, and that it’s important to add a flourish; something funny, serious, or heartfelt that will make our statement memorable - so here goes:   “I hold this school nurse truth ...
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Help Support School Nurses!

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In preparation for the March for Our Students on February 18th, the Oregon School Nurses Association is launching a viral campaign! Take a picture wearing red (#redfored) holding one of our signs and post it on social media. Don't forget the #EverySchoolDeservesANurse hashtag (and any other hashtags you'd like to include). If you are a teacher, parent, student, administrator please take a picture with the second sign and let us know who you are! Click on an image below to open, view and/or print the sign
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Professional development is imperative to stay current in the nursing specialty of school nursing. Conference opportunities which address topics from the unique perspective of the school nurse provide diagnosis specific content knowledge along with important information about how to manage specific conditions in the school setting.  Please join OSNA for this  school nursing specific  professional development opportunity at the Hallmark Resort in beautiful Newport, Oregon. Topics addressed will include an update on cardiology, the use of CBD oil for seizure disorders, school safety and the role of the school nurse, vector borne disease, and type ...
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How many of us have come in early or stayed late to ensure safe care is planned for a new student? Who has picked up glasses for one student… or found a pair of shoes for another?  Have you stayed to teach about glucagon… at 4:30 in the afternoon... when a coach (who just participated in an epinephrine administration training) tells you that he really needs the “diabetes one” and his team can’t go to tomorrow’s game if he does not have the training? We have all stayed, and found, and taught, and most likely wept for or cheered on our students and their families. We are fully engaged in the care of our students! Having said this, there is one important ...
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