Gratefulness is in the air…Yes it is the season to look around and be thankful for what we have and in turn give a helping hand to those in need. Topping my thanksgiving list is SNOM. I along with close to 200 of our members gathered for our annual fall conference a few days ago. Our time together was informative, reflective and energizing. One member commented to me, “I wish we could do this every three months.” Thank you to the dedicated conference committee for a job well done!
The SNOM Board met on October 27th. Here are some highlights:
1. Step Up and Be Counted: National School Nurse Data Base- three data collections throughout the year. A designee will complete the survey, which will be done online.
2. SNOM/NASN Communications: NASN School Nurse Net would allow us to have our own SNOM online community replacing the current Google Groups list serve. Registrants will be automatically connected. We will test this in November.
3. Tammy John is the new Legislative Committee Chair. We thank Liz Zeno for her effort and tireless work as committee lead for the past 15 years! School Counselor lobbyist proposes that school nurses, school counselors, school psychologists and social workers do more interdisciplinary teaming on a comprehensive funding plan for student services, not entirely depending on education funding dollars and/or grant dependency. “Healthy students become a healthy workforce” engaging business to support a whole child approach. The lobbyists will meet soon to continue their work.
4. The new SNOM Membership Guide was mailed to all of our members in late September.
5. The Strategic Plan expires this year and a steering committee will do some preliminary work before bringing a draft to the large group in January 2015.
6. The Minnesota Department of Public Health continues to provide information and resources about the Ebola outbreak. There are no cases in Minnesota. MDH, DPS, and others have plans in place.
Our next meeting will take place on January 12, 2015. All members are welcome to attend. Details are on the SNOM website.
Enjoy the season of giving thanks and gift giving. Our professional organization is a gift to me, our fellow members and our students and school staff. When needed, reach out to a fellow SNOM member for support, you will be thankful!
The School Nurse Organization of Minnesota is pleased to announce the 2014 School Nurse of the Year. This honor recognizes one licensed school nurse annually who embodies the organizations’ ideal. Nominated by her peers, Mary Tomes is most worthy of this honor. Mary was honored at a luncheon on November 8, 2014.
Mary Tomes, MSN, RN, LSN is a school nurse at St. Paul Public Schools. She received her Master of Science in Public Health Nursing from the University of Minnesota.
At St. Paul Public Schools, Mary works in Early Childhood/Special Education (ECSE) where she keeps the focus on the child during her assessments and mentoring of nursing students. Eight years ago, she was asked to develop a team and process for the district’s standardization of the 504 plan. She also worked on an “Allow Natural Death/DNR” document and with her PLC developed a decision making tree for the level of nursing care for medically fragile children.
For six years, Mary has been a member of the School Nurse Organization of Minnesota Special Education Committee. As a co-chair of a mental health grant in conjunction with Washington County Public Health, Mary helped to bring in speakers and information on suicide prevention.
Tammy John, DNP, RN CNP, LSN has been selected as the SNOM 2014 School Nurse Administrator of the Year! Tammy is the district lead school nurse at South Washington County Schools. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) at the University of Minnesota and is a nationally certified Pediatric Nurse Practioner.
At South Washington County Schools, Tammy led a quality improvement project for asthma. As the district lead nurse, she is responsible for coordinating, managing, and evaluating the district health service. Tammy is a mentor for health service personnel and nursing students. Her duties include district staff training and maintaining the health service budget.
Tammy is on the School Nurse Organization of Minnesota legislative committee, currently serving as the chair. She also represents South Washington County Schools Health Service at local and state public health meetings.