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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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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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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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