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OSBHA (Oregon School Based Health Alliance) and GLSEN Oregon (Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network) have partnered to create a training ,  Safe and Healthy Schools – Mental Health Supports for  LGBTQ+  Students , for school health providers in the state of Oregon to reduce suicidal ideation and attempts by  LGBTQI+  youth. During this 3-hour  training , we will cover LBGTQI+ identity and how it intersects with mental health, and how school health providers can support and affirm the experience of LGBTQI+ youth. The  training  will be co-facilitated by a GLSEN Oregon representative and two  LGBTQI+  youth facilitators.   Join us on  April 14 ...
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Hi All, Because this month's Power Hour will be cancelled (as many will be at conference), we have shiften that open ended discussion to this afternoon, in place of Special Topics Cafe. We hope to see you there! Register HERE .
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Power Hour: Thursday 3/17/2022

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Power Hour will have two foci for discussion this week! School Nurse Contractor applications will open later this week!  OSNA will answer any questions around that process. AND In light of the recent changes to COVID Guidance, school nurses need to come together to support one another and strategize about how to manage COVID after the mandate disappears. Please join us for discussion! Register HERE
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On Wednesday, 3/9/2022 @ 3:30 Dr. Melissa Sutton presented and explained the data behind recent policy changes (ending the mask mandate and moving away from contact tracing and quarantine) which will take effect on 3/12/2022. This presentation is designed to support school nurses' understanding, so they can lead their communities through this period of dynamic change. Hope to see you there. See the VIDEO HERE !
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The Oregon School Nurses Association fully endorses the NASN Position Statement on LGBTQ students , and applauds their recent signing of the national Human Rights Campaign letter that condemns, and calls on legislators across the country to reject, the spate of harmful anti-LGBTQ+ measures being proposed in state legislatures . In light of the proliferation of anti-LGBTQ+ legal proposals, and the recent decisions made by Texas’ Governor Abbott, which place transgender students, their families, and the healthcare professionals who care for them in Texas (including school nurses) in a position that prevents appropriate medical care for a protected class ...
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Hello Nurses, This is the first posting to fill a position for implementation of the grant from OHA. This Project Coordinator is a non-nursing position. Please reach out to Wendy Niskanen (wniskanen.osna@gmail.com) for a copy of the job description. Using the resources provided by a grant from the Oregon Health Authority, school nurses will develop toolkits and other resources for school nurses. The process for this work will include collaboration with partners (school health consumers/constituents, education partners, healthcare partners, other community partners). With this input, school nurse work groups will develop toolkits for specific medical conditions ...
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OSNA tries to make our resources available to all school nurses (members or not) by re-posting many discussion list items in this blog on the main page of our website. In that spirit, I will share a recent post about important dates for Spring Conference 4/21-4/22/2022. Before I do, however, I want to share that this conference is a perfect opportunity to encourage your districts/ESD's to support your membership to OSNA/NASN . Conference tuition for a member ($225) includes a textbook worth $100. For a non-member, the tuition cost ($365) does not include the textbook (we have a grant which will purchase the text for members of OSNA). As we have done for many ...
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Power Hour 2/17/2022 @ 3:30

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Hoping to see some of you tomorrow at power hour! Register HERE .
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The Oregon Education Association (OEA is the union many nurses belong to) has heard school nurses' requests to make our issues more clearly understood by the union and non-nurse educators. In response, they are creating the brand new OEA Health Professionals Committee. The HPC will work to identify and recommend strategies to support OEA members who work in the health professions at the local, state, and national levels. Part of their work will be to r ecommend best practices for health care policy, contract language, and legislation. The committee is new and the original members will determine what the direction and priorities are. If you want to help elevate ...
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Hello Nurses, Special Topics Cafe will be this Wednesday, 2/2/2022 @ 3:30. Register to join us HERE . At the January STC and several follow-up focus groups, we asked what challenges nurses most right now with COVID-19 and what tools they need to support their practices. Based upon the responses, we recognized that many nurses are asking for resources which already exist in some form . We have created a document which pulls together those resources in one place which we would like to share at STC this month. In addition, we will look at the new OHA Quarantine and Isolation Decision Tree and share some tools that the members of the OSNA COVID-16 Technical ...
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Hi Everyone, Spring conference will be in Ashland on April 21-22, 2022! We have published the Conference website, Strengthening the Essentials: OSNA Spring Conference 2022 which has all of the information about this exciting event... from agenda, to venue and accommodations, to greatly discounted Oregon Shakespeare Festival theater tickets (it's a musical)!  We encourage you to explore the entire website, but here are some highlights and important reminders: Our keynote speaker, Dr. Janice Selekman, is a nationally renowned presenter and author of the quintessential school nursing book, School Nursing a Comprehensive Text . OSNA members will receive a copy ...
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As many of you know, OSNA will be doing some work to elevate school nurse practice by creating foundational resources for all school nurses. These will include health plan and nurse process (e.g. delegation) templates, guidance documents on the scope and standards of school nurse practice, and completion of the overarching School Nurse Manual; we will use work groups to create these resources. To be sure that we are meeting the needs of school nurses, we will be using this Special Topics Cafe to ensure that you have an opportuity to give input about what resources would support your practice. We want to use this opportunity to drill down to a comprehensive list ...
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School nurses need time to connect and re-energize. This informal gathering promises to relax and rejuvenate your school nurse spirit! Hope you can join us Thursday @ 3:30 for a casual conversation! Register HERE !​
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Hi All, First, thank you to several senior health advisors and COVID Response and Recovery Unit members from OHA for participating in a meeting with the School Nurse Advisory Group yestersay, during which they clarified the Test to Stay program and accepted our input on the pracrtical applications of that program. It sounds like several documents (including the Test to Stay FAQ and the OHA COVID-19 Investigative Guidance) will be updated in the coming days and some of the school nurse feedback will be reflected. Our gratitude also extends to LeeAnn Baker from ODE  and Dr. Tom Jeanne for participation in our Special Topics Cafe yesterday afternoon as we shared ...
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Join other school nurses for two discussions. From 3:30-4:15 we will discuss/share information about the "test to stay" program (the School Nure Advisory Group will have an opportunity to talk with state leaders to ask questions about this program in advance of the STC meeting), and from 4:15-5:00, we will invite new school nurses to share thoughts and questions. Register to join us!
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Hi All, I am excited to report that we are able to offer more nursing continuing professional development (contact hours) than ever before at a the OSNA Fall Conference, Health Promotion- Maximizing the School Nurse Role (11.3 contact hours), AND the content/credit will be available for 6 months , AND partial credit is available (you can choose to participate in some or all of the material and receive credit for those pieces you choose to do). Participants who register by midnight on Wednesday, 11/10/2021, will be eligible for door prize drawings (You do not need to be present on the day to win... because we know nurses may be pulled away during ...
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Hi All, In preparation for our listening session at Special Topics Cafe on 11/3/2021 with ODE/OHA about winter sports and COVID-19 processes and experiences around athletics in general, we need school nurse feedback. Please complete this brief survey to tell us what you are seeing.  Event Description: School nurses are expressing thoughts about athletics and the spread of COVID-19; they are concerned, specifically, about the amount of instruction being missed as a result of isolation and quarantine connected with athletic exposures. We have heard both concerns and successes, and at this event, nurses will have an opportunity to talk about these. Special ...
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OSNA Scholarship Opportunities

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OSNA offers two types of scholarships, the Dee Bauer and the Annual Leadership Scholarships; each has its own application process and contingencies. Both are meant to reduce barriers to school nursing professional development and develop school nurse leaders. The Dee Bauer is intended to support attendance at OSNA conferences by providing 50% of the conference fee, not to exceed $200 (1-2 scholarships per conference are available). The Dee Bauer award is available to nurses whose district/employer does not fund professional development opportunities (requires the nurse to pay for the conference with personal funds) and/or provide paid leave to attend the ...
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Nurses have expressed challenges and successes around working with athletic directors and coaches with respect to COVID-19 transmission, isolation, and quarantine. At Power Hour last week, the concensus was that athletics is a large contributor to missed instruction resulting from isolation and quarantine in response to close contacts associated with athletics. Special Topics Cafe on 11/3/2021 will provide an opportunity to share school nursing insights in this area with leadership from ODE and OHA. Please reach out to me if you are interested in planning for this event. We will be revising a document which lists some considerations; if you have successes and/or ...
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Hi Everyone, Power Hour is a time to connect and re-energize. This informal gathering promises to relax and rejuvenate your school nurse spirit!  Hope to see many of you! You are invited to a Power Hour Zoom meeting. When: Oct 21, 2021 03:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
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