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!
Susanna Bertelsen, SNOM member and retired Hopkins Public Schools LSN, received the Program Volunteer of the Year Award at NAMI’s annual conference in November. "Bertelsen is an important part of the educational advocacy branch and has been a teacher in the NAMI Family-to-Family program for seven years, is a support group leader, and also trains future teachers of the program. The Family-to-Family program has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a community partner, which shows the strength of this program". http://sailor.mnsun.com/2014/12/19/minnetonka-woman-accepts-award/#comments
School nurses collect rich and important data. NASN and NASSNCare working together with the support of SNOM and the State of Minnesota, to develop a national uniform, standardized data set for all school nurses to collect specific data points the same way. For this initial year, school year 2014-2015, school nurses are encouraged to collect specific data on the number of nurses in schools, the number of children with diagnosed chronic health conditions, and the disposition of children seen in the school nurse office.
We need your help. Each school district in the sate of Minnesota should appoint one nurse to collect, tally and submit data.
The data will be collected electronically. School districts will be receiving specific directions via email on how to submit their data. Your participation is greatly appreciated!