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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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Are you interested in current topics in school nursing?  Are you someone who loves to plan and organize events?  Are you interested in learning where the nurses are across our state?  Do you love to seek new knowledge and skills and share those resources?  Have you attended a OSNA conference and ever thought why didn't the planning committee have this speaker / this topic / this social event / etc ? Then you need to join the OSNA conference planning committee.  Currently there are four nurses from across the state preparing the spring 2019 conference, join them and be part of forming spring 2019 in Newport. If you are interested contact Jamie Smith, Oregon School ...
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Spring Conference Flyer OREGON SCHOOL NURSES ASSOCIATION SPRING CONFERENCE THURSDAY, APRIL 18TH 2019 AT 8AM TO FRIDAY, APRIL 19TH 2019 AT 4PM              HALLMARK INN 744 SW ELIZABETH ST. NEWPORT, OREGON 97365 MORE INFORMATION:   After Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 ,  interested participants can reserve their room for the Hallmark Resort. To make reservations , attendees must call the Hallmark Resort directly at   541-265-2600   and identify themselves as participants of the   ‘OSNA Conference’ to receive the above group rates quoted. All reservation requests   must be received on or before March 22 ,   2019 ...
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The Oregon School Nurses' Association is governed by two documents. The Bylaws outline the rules of the organizaion and the Operating Guidelines outline the processes for carrying out those rules.  After revising the Bylaws last year, the OSNA Board began a year long process of updating the Operating Guidelines this year.  In their work, they realized the need for a few more revisions to the Bylaws.  When they are finished with both revisions, the documents will be alighed with one another, and they will be easier to reference.  OSNA members can see a summary of the changes and the proposed document itself in the discussion section of this website. Member feedback ...
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Facebook Comes Alive!

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Visit our Facebook page for news and information relevant for school nurses!  https://www.facebook.com/OSNA.RN
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Reserve your room at Brasada Ranch for Spring Conference
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