FYI - Addressing Equity for Black Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (CYSHCN) PediaLink "on-demand" Course

From Sheila Caldwell, BSN, RN, CSN, FNASN via the NASN All Member Forum Digest 8/13/22

This is an important "on demand" online course that every school nurse and, actually, healthcare practitioner should take. If you do not have a PEDIALINK account, open one. There are a number of free offers that can be taken without AAP membership, but this one is a must...


available: 8/04/2022 - 8/03/2025

Addressing Equity for Black CYSHCN

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The National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home (NRC-PFCMH) is offering a FREE PediaLink course that examines factors impacting equitable health care for Black children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). This 2-hour course covers the following topics:

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

  • Historical Trauma of Racism and Ableism in Pediatric Medicine

  • Increasing Equitable Care for Black CYSHCN Through Medical Home

  • Intentionally Engage Black Fathers in their Children's Care

  • Systems of Care for Black CYSHCN

From: SHEILA CALDWELL, BSN, RN, CSN, FNASN downloaded from the NASN All Member Forum Digest, ~Friday, August 12th:

CDC's NEW COVID-19 School Guidance and more!
There had been the buzz for a couple weeks now that the CDC was going to release new COVID-19 school guidance. 
Well, they just released it along with a number of other documents concerning COVID-19.
All of the below were just released today, August 11, 2022















Robin Cogan has brilliantly analyzed and summarized the new guidelines in her blog, (to read the blog in its entirety, please click on the title) which is excerpted below. Her important advice is listed (also in red) at the end of her blog, and is emphasized in large bold type:

"The Relentless School Nurse: The CDC Chooses the Path of Least Resistance

Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FAAN

Aug 13


The CDC has chosen the path of least resistance as schools are about to reopen, or are in their first few weeks of the new school year.


  • They removed the recommendation to cohort, that will increase class sizes, removing a layer of mitigation.

  • The CDC changed recommendations to conduct screening testing to focus on high-risk activities during high COVID-19 Community Level or in response to an outbreak. It has been mostly left up to individual districts to determine what constitutes an outbreak, with little guidance from local health departments.

  • They removed the recommendation to quarantine, except in high-risk congregate settings. I would suggest that schools are congregate settings, perhaps we can quibble about high-risk, but we certainly have high risk staff, students, and community members who deserve to be protected. 

  • The CDC removed information about Test to Stay, so we will not know who is safe to be in school each day. No more pooled testing either. 

  • It seems that contact tracing is off the table unless there is a school-based outbreak with no indication of community spread. 

Here is the exact quote: 

Quarantine is a key component to Test to Stay programs. Since quarantine is no longer recommended for people who are exposed to COVID-19 except in certain high-risk congregate settings, Test to Stay (TTS) is no longer needed. 

But there is one statement from the CDC that reveals how deeply divided this country is where masking has been banned in some states. 


Schools and ECE programs should consider flexible, non-punitive policies and practices to support individuals who choose to wear masks regardless of the COVID-19 Community Level." I can't move beyond this statement from the CDC in their new guidelines released just in time to create more confusion as we return to school. -  CDC

They actually had to say this out loud! The language of "should consider" will be easy for those states/districts to disregard. But this one sentence illustrates what happens when public health is politicized. Punitive actions can be taken for those who choose to mask during a pandemic.


It seems that most of our layered mitigation strategies are now being lifted. With the only line of defense a “well-fitted mask.” If an outbreak is determined or if a school decides to implement in-door masking during  high transmission, do school administrators know this means a KF94/KN95/N95, and are we providing them?  Just because you sprinkle a document with the word equity does not mean it exists...


My final observation is the suggestion that local health departments are readily available to help schools prioritize protective strategies. As the COVID school years have piled up, direct guidance from local health departments has waned. Some school nurses have been barred from contact their health departments. Decisions are at the discretion of each school district in most cases.


Schools and ECE programs, with help from local health departments, should consider local context when selecting strategies to prioritize for implementation. - CDC

I did find one helpful document though, buried in the new guidelines. There is a standardized definition of clusters and outbreaks! 


Standardized COVID-19 K-12 School Surveillance Guidance for Classification of Clusters and Outbreaks


Sending best wishes to my amazing colleagues, those legions of Relentless School Nurses who are about to enter (or are already there) our 4th school year impacted by COVID! Stay in touch, stay connected, circle your wagons, we will make it through. Please remember to set healthy boundaries and do your best not to fall into the traps of previous schools years. Do not tolerate intolerable work conditions." 

CDC Activates Emergency Operations Center for Monkeypox Response
(Please click on the title to read the media statement)
Excerpt below:

Tuesday, June 28th
"Today, CDC continues to lean forward with an aggressive public health response to the monkeypox outbreak by activating its Emergency Operations Center (EOC). This action stands up the CDC’s command center for monitoring and coordinating the emergency response to monkeypox and mobilizing additional CDC personnel and resources."  

Many thanks to Rick Hager 

Community Outreach Coordinator

Office of Communications, Legislative and Public Affairs

New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF)
for sharing this important graphic for summer safety.

Please click on the image below if you would like to download the graphic.

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Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on:

New COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility for Children Ages 5 and Younger

JUNE 18, 2022

Contact:   Press Office, (202) 401-1576,

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued the following statement regarding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for children ages 5 and younger:

“Today, parents and families of about 20 million children in America under age five received news that their babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. This is a historic milestone in our nation’s recovery from the pandemic, and it will provide so many parents and families who have been waiting for this moment with more peace of mind about keeping their children safe and healthy. The Biden-Harris administration will take a whole-of-government approach to ensuring that every parent and caregiver who wants to secure a vaccine for their child is able to do so through pediatricians, primary care doctors, and other trusted healthcare providers, including community health centers and pharmacies. These vaccines are safe and will help save lives.”

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many thanks to Laura sacks for arranging a fabulous dinner for us

THE RELENTLESS SCHOOL NURSE BLOG  by the Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FAAN (Please click on the title to read the entire blog)

The Relentless School Nurse: Channeling Grief Into Action


As a school nurse and family member of both survivors and victims of two mass shootings, Robin Cogan considers herself honored to join this action this Friday, June 10th. She will be among the formal speakers, please join her and support this effort to demand that Senate TAKES ACTION to prevent gun violence. Our children's lives depend on it! 

From: Kathryn Bates, MSN, RN, NCSN-NJ & Sheila Caldwell, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, FNASN downloaded from the New Jersey State School Nurses Association Digest for Friday May 27, 2022 to Monday May 30, 2022:
Resources which contain information districts can use to set up Opioid Training for staff:

ECSNA joins NASN and NJSSNA in sending our heartfelt sympathy to the families and community of the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

NASN has issued a statement including actions to address gun violence, which you can read by clicking here, and provided the following list of resources:

  • Psychological Impact of the Recent Shooting - This document from the NCTSN lists reactions people may have to a shooting and related experiences (such as loss of loved ones and disruption of routines). It describes grief reactions, depression, and physical reactions, and it highlights ways to cope effectively with reactions to a shooting.

  • Survivors and Witnesses After Traumatic Events - A product of Voices Center for Resilience, a nonprofit formed after the attacks of September 11, 2001, this tip sheet for the public provides basic information about common effects of exposure to acts of violence, civil unrest, or terrorism. It identifies steps disaster-affected individuals can take in the immediate aftermath of a crisis, common reactions to disasters, and tips for coping and asking for help.

  • Psychological First Aid: Teachers and Educators - Designed for personnel at schools that have experienced an incident of violence or a natural disaster, this tip sheet describes how teachers and educators may experience disasters and how PFA can help. PFA is an evidence-informed, modular approach that can be used to assist disaster survivors. The tip sheet offers ideas for teachers to take care of themselves and support others in the school community in coping and healing after disasters.

  • Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting - In this 3-page tip sheet released shortly after a shooting, the NCTSN describes how such an event may affect children and teens as well as parents and other caregivers. The tip sheet lists reactions common among people of all ages, offers coping tips for caregivers, and suggests ways for caregivers to support children and youth in talking about and managing their reactions. 

    This resource is available in Spanish.


  • Talking to Children about the Shooting - In this tip sheet, the NCTSN provides suggestions to parents and other caregivers for talking with their children in ways that help them to make sense of and cope with their reactions to a shooting. The tip sheet also identifies reactions common in children and teens to shooting incidents.

  • Tips for Talking with and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers - This SAMHSA tip sheet can help parents, other caregivers, and teachers recognize and address problems in children and teens affected by a disaster. The tip sheet describes reactions that are common in young survivors at different ages, as well as how to help children cope with these reactions.


  • Resource from Sheila Caldwell,  RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, FNASN:

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement  - 

THE RELENTLESS SCHOOL NURSE BLOG  by the Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FAAN (Please click on the title to read the entire blog)

The Relentless School Nurse: Sign Up Today for the 2022-2023 School Year FLUency Program

Excerpt from this blog:
Kinsa’s school health program, FLUency, reduces the spread of contagious illnesses in schools. The program is completely free for public elementary schools. Last year Kinsa supported thousands of schools, make yours next!


By participating, all families and staff in your school get a free award-winning Kinsa smart thermometer. School nurses also get a dashboard of aggregated, anonymous illness trends by grade, so you know what illnesses are going around."

The recording of the tick-borne illnesses educational program, powerpoint presentation and pd certificate for watching the program can be found on the recordings dropdown under the events tab. 

In order to watch the program, please login to the website since the "Recordings" page is a members' only page.

Saturday, June 11, from 9:00am to 12:30pm
(Please click on the flyer below to register)


Dr. Denise Makri Werzen, PhD, RN/MT(ASCP) CSN/HT shared a request from Jaclyn Headlam, MA, NCC, LAC, SAC, (who presented the excellent "Trends And Concerns Facing Teens Today-Stop the Stigma Let’s Talk About Holistic Teen Health" program for us last June) to complete the Essex County Substance Use Comprehensive Plan Survey to complete and share it with everyone in your network who lives or works in Essex County

About the Essex County Comprehensive Plan

The Essex County Division of Community Health Services, under the auspices of the Department of Health and Rehabilitation, are developing a comprehensive plan to assist with the allocation of funding for evidence-based substance use/co-occurring disorders prevention and early intervention programs, enhanced access to treatment programs, and opportunities for recovery support services. This survey is an effort to engage residents in the planning process and get your input on the needs of local communities throughout Essex County. Division staff members will use your input to develop the 2024-2027 Essex County Comprehensive Plan for the Organization and Delivery of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services.



It's very important that they get as many individuals to complete this survey in order to get the most input to help with developing the County Comprehensive Plan on substance use services. 

Recommendations for Adenovirus Testing and Reporting of Children with Acute Hepatitis of Unknown Etiology (Please click on the title to read the article)
Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network
Thursday, April 21, 2022, 11:00 AM ET
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory to notify clinicians and public health authorities of a cluster of children identified with hepatitis and adenovirus infection.

New: "Recordings" page for recorded educational programs. 

  • This new page will be a "members only" page which can be viewed by hovering over the Events tab on the desktop site, where you will see the "Recordings" tab in the drop-down.

  • Members only pages can be viewed by signing into the website.

  • The recording of Dr. Matthew McCarthy's "Comprehensive Approach to Concussion Diagnosis and Management" educational program will be found on the "Recordings" page.

  • After listening to the recording, you can print out the Certificate for 1 PD credit.

We join NJSSNA in congratulating
NJSSNA Executive Board Member & ECSNA Member,
Dr. Cynthia Samuel PhD, RN
Newly inducted NASN Fellow &
NEA SISP Fellow,

for being honored at
The 14th Annual Diva and Don Gala
by the Institute for Nursing 
The Foundation of the New Jersey State Nurses Association

Honors men and women in nursing leadership across New Jersey who set high standards of excellence and make a notable difference in the lives of so many.



Divas Dr. Cynthia Samuel PhD. RN (left) & Sheila Caldwell RN, BSN, CSN-NJ enjoying the gala.

more Excellent News !!!

Dr. Beth Jameson PhD, RN, CNL, CSN-NJ (ECSNA member)
Sheila Caldwell RN, BSN, CSN-NJ
Robin Cogan MEd, RN, NCSN, FAAN
are being inducted as
Fellows into the National Academy of School Nursing (FNASN)
ECSNA congratulates the inductees and thanks them for their many contributions to school nursing practice. 

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*Many thanks to Dr. Werzen for sharing important information on public service loan forgiveness for student loans. To check your eligiblility for this opportunity please click here.

The NJSSNA Conference on Saturday, March 19th was truly amazing in every sense of the word.
Below we have listed two of the recorded programs from the conference which you can access by clicking

Presented by: Veronica Manlove MSL RN CEN presents Legal Aspects in School Nursing Practice for the New Jersey State School Nurse Association (NJSSNA) conference held on March 19, 2022. She discusses documentation and liability issues as well as some case studies.

Veronica Manlove MSL RN CEN is a certified emergency department nurse and expert witness with 27 years of inner-city emergency department clinical experience. She has been a certified school nurse since 1999. She received a Master of Science in Law from Champlain College in 2010 which she uses in combination with her clinical background as a legal nurse consultant, working with both plaintiff and defense attorneys on their medical malpractice lawsuits concerning school nursing and ER nursing. She is a frequent lecturer for hospital nurses concerning the pitfalls and issues concerning nursing documentation. Many important questions were answered by Veronica Manlove.

 Contact hours: 1                Cost $20               Length: 1 hour

Presented by Dr. Rose Hughes is also on the NEUSHA website along with many other excellent programs.

Contact hours: 1                Cost $20               Length: 1 hour

Below are two important updates from the NJSSNA & NASN discussion lists:

New Jersey State School Nurses Association Digest for Friday March 18, 2022 to Monday March 21, 2022:

Kathryn E. Bates, MSN, RN, NCSN posted the following response to a question posed on the NJSSNA Digest regarding the delegation of Nayzilam 

Please see the NJDOE Broadcast Memo dated March 3, 2021:

This is informative for training staff. We currently use the TRUST program. We keep track of who viewed the program and it is performed annually with all of the other annual trainings. 

As far as delegation, seizure medication cannot be delegated to laypeople. Only a nurse can administer. I have a student that has Diastat and when she attends a field trip, we request a substitute nurse. Contact your supervisor and let them know that only a nurse can administer the medication and it cannot be delegated. A nurse has to be available to administer the medication within the timeframe that the provider wrote (5 minutes-15 minutes).


NASN All Member Forum Digest for Friday March 18, 2022 to Monday March 21, 2022:

From Sheila Caldwell RN, BSN, CSN-NJ:

"A hard-to-read, but incredibly important read in APnews today. Because of COVID, kids are losing parents, social lives, and entire years. Yes, kids are resilient, but they can't go on like this. No one is this resilient."

-For kids with COVID-19, everyday life can be a struggle | AP News

Feel free to share your thoughts and what is taking place in communities as yours to support these families. What are you and/or your schools doing?"

DENISE MAKRI WERZEN PhD,  RN/MT(ASCP), CSN/HT on completing her doctoral degree.

We are so fortunate to have Dr. Werzen on our executive board and as a leader of our organization. 
If you would like to post your congratulations, please click here. 


Tweets from the COVID-19 Real-Time Learning Network (RTLN)
Visual guidance: "Antigen Test Algorithm for Community Settings"

& A vaccine safety infographic
(Please click on the image on the left for more information on testing, and the images below for a larger view)


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From: SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the New Jersey State School Nurses Association Digest for Tuesday, March 8, 2022:

  • NJDOE New Jersey Comprehensive School-Based Mental Health Resource Guide Release (2/9) - click here


  • NJDOE New Legislation Impacting School Security Drills (2/23) - click here


  • NJDOE 2021-2022 Testing for Lead in School Drinking Water (3/2) - click here

From: SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the NASN All Member Forum Digest, ~Friday, February 25th:


CDC COVID-19 Updated Guidance

The CDC just released new guidance messages including some for schools. To listen to the recorded 39-minute media brief from 2/25 please click here.

There is also a written transcript available (you can also read our summary of the guidance by clicking here).

 Sheila mentioned that she would encourage you to listen if you have time.Visit the CDC "What's New" webpage to read all the additional guidance posted February 28th and prior days - click here.

COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Local Health Departments for K-12 Schools
Updated February 22, 2022
(Please click on the image to read the document.)

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Our Educational Program from Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

on New Therapeutic Options to Manage Difficult to Control Asthma (Recording from the Asthma & Allergy Network) unfortunately did not go as planned. To view the recorded Asthma & Allergy Network program, you can use this link: which brings you directly to their website.
Our thanks to Sylvia Eppinger, MSN-Ed, RN, NJ-CSN, for posting the link in response to an inquiry from one of our members. If you have any questions about getting a certificate for viewing the recording, please click
here, and you will receive a prompt reply with instructions.

THE RELENTLESS SCHOOL NURSE BLOG  by the Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FAAN (Please click on the title to read the entire blog)

The Relentless School Nurse: A Moral Dilemma in School Nursing

This blog explores the moral dilemma of a school nurse confronted with a request to put together a PowerPoint on the "science" behind why some people can wear masks when some don't; while knowing that the decision is not based on science, but just giving up. 

This blog is a great resource for approaching moral dilemmas such as this.

2022 Institute for Nursing Scholarship & Grant Opportunities
Please click on the image for a list of all available scholarship and grant opportunities with links to their applications.


From: SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the NASN All Member Forum Digest, ~Thursday, February 17th:

 Mental Health/SEL and Nurses in Schools

"As we all know, there is the major concern of mental health in youth, in addition to the mental health of staff and even you. I have shared information with you over the past year or so about SEL (Social Emotional Learning) and will be sharing with you a few different resources that relate to mental health/SEL in schools. But first, I want to remind you that you play a major role in this area. In an article that is pre-pandemic it notes "roughly a third of all visits to school nurses have to do with mental health issues (and related psychosomatic symptoms, such as headaches and stomachaches)." -  ( Maughan, E.D. (2018). School nurses: An investment in student achievement. Phi Delta Kappan 99 (7), 8-14.) - click here, I'd encourage you to read this article, if you never have, in addition, we know that this stat has increased since the pandemic. Although we don't actually have the data available, you can just reflect on the visits to you office to draw on your own anecdotal data.

So, know your importance to the educational and mental well-being in the schools for the students and your school community and ensure that your administration, staff, parents and students know as well. You are one of the most important individuals in the school, who sees mental health concerns and can help to improve the health and well-being of the youth.

First I am going to share the updated State ACEs and Trauma-Informed Map from PACES.







Click the image to visit the website, then you can learn more about you individual state's information

Another recent release is Hopeful Futures Campaign's Report Card. Click the image to view the report card. (In this report card, I do wish that they provided data about nurses in schools)





Another report, this one from Child Mind Institute





Visit SAMHSA's MHTTC website to find your regional office that can provide more information. There have been grants and other resources available to states for schools.




You can visit the website to find various resources to share in your school and you can even view the states currently in the Alliance..




So, I must add that you must take care of you. I know to just speak about self-care isn't the best response, so sharing this image that you can click on to read the ethics. Provision 5 speaks to this information."






We thank Sheila Caldwell for your wisdom and sharing of important information.

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Our NJSSNA President, Donna Pleus, MSN, NCSN, RN and other executive board members, Deborah Cornavaca. Associate Director, Government Relations at New Jersey Education Association and Christina Zuk, Lobbyist for NJSSNA met with the NJDOH Commissioner, Judith Persichilli, RN, BSN, MA..

  • NJSSNA requested very clear guidance regarding what districts are and are not allowed to do when the mask mandate expires.

  • This guidance was requested as soon as possible

  • School buses are supposed to maintain the mask mandate since they fall under federal jurisdiction.

  • It didn’t appear that a lot of thought was put into the guidelines at the time of the meeting.

  • It appeared that decisions are currently based on public will rather than public health.

  • Districts may exceed health guidelines, but aren’t supposed to do less.

  • The need for a school nurse consultant has been emphasized by the NJSSNA Executive Board at every meeting with the NJDOH.

  • Caveat: There will be reconsideration of the guidelines if the Covid numbers start shooting up.

From: SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the NASN All Member Forum Digest ~ Tuesday, February 15th

Resources for Long Covid (PASC - Post-Acute Sequelae SARS CoV-2 infection) 

Sheila Caldwell's response to an inquiry about screening for "Long Covid":

"I would encourage you to reach out to a Post COVID Care Center (PCCC) , they are likely to have developed guidance and tools for schools for post-acute sequelae SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) in children. I mention PASC as clinically we are going to be more likely to see this language for "Long COVID".

Details, including a map to visit the website of PCCCs will be on our Covid Updates page which you can access by clicking


From: SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the New Jersey State School Nurses Association Digest for Feb 11, 2022 - Feb 13, 2022

NJDOE Human Trafficking Guidelines are published! Click
here to read it.

"The only concern I have related to school nurses is in the "Sample Policy", that notes school nurses to have staff emergency information. There is an option mentioned in regulation, not a MUST. It speaks to voluntary medical information option (that might include contacts).
General emergency information is a function of HR and/or administration. 

You can read the full press release "Announcement" by clicking the image below and further down is link to listen to the 30-minute podcast. I would encourage you to listen."


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There is a new posting for Camp Canadensis, located in the Pocono Mountains of PA on the Employment Opportunities page.

The New Jersey Department of Health is advertising for two interim positions. Please see the Employment Opportunities page if you would like to explore this further.

From: Bianca Aniski MEd, RN, downloaded from the New Jersey State School Nurses Association Digest for Wednesday, February 9, 2022 & Thursday, February 10, 2022 (please click on the title to read the document):


New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Operating Childcare Programs
 (Updated February 8, 2022)

The slide set from the NJDOH K-12 Guidance Updates presentation of 2/1/22 is on this page.

THE RELENTLESS SCHOOL NURSE BLOG  by the Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FAAN(Please click on the title to read the entire blog)
The Relentless School Nurse: Add Your Pandemic School Nursing Perspective to a Research Project for Posterity
"This is a unique opportunity to archive the experiences of pandemic school nursing. We have all lived and worked through the most consequential time in modern school nursing history.  If you are interested in adding your voice to this research project, fill out the pre-participation survey to see if you are a candidate."

From: SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the New Jersey State School Nurses Association Digest 

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21-22 School Year - NJDOH & NJDOE Guidelines Update:

  • NJDOH Federal Rapid Antigen Test Kit Distribution for K-12 Schools FAQ (1/26) - click here


  • NJDOH Mask Recommendation Infographic (1/27) - click here


  • NJDOH Understanding the 5-10 day Isolation for COVID-19  (1/31) - click here


From: SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the New Jersey State School Nurses Association Digest for Thursday, January 20, 2022:

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21-22 School Year - NJDOH & NJDOE Guidelines Update:

Get free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.

If you need a COVID-⁠19 test now, please see other testing resources for free testing locations in your area.

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From our Treasurer, Lila Kurzum, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ from the NJDOH: 

COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Local Health Departments for K-12 Schools
Updated January 12, 2022 - please click


From: SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the New Jersey State School Nurses Association Digest for Monday, January 11, 2022:

  • NJDOH COVID-19 Vaccine Healthcare Provider Frequently Asked Questions (1/10) - please click here


  • NJDOH COVID-19 Vaccine Public Frequently Asked Questions (1/10) - please click here


  • NJDOH COVID-19 Vaccine Infographic (1/10) - please click here


  • NJDOH RECOMMENDED COVID-19 ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE TIMEFRAMES FOR NON-HEALTHCARE SETTINGS (1/10) - please click here (please see the COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Local Health Departments for K-12 Schools above for school-specific recommendations)

Sheila Caldwell, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ & Dr. Cynthia Samuel PhD, RN, CSN-NJ
have been selected as two of the recipients of the
2022 Diva and Don’s Award
which honors those who have made extraordinary contributions to the nursing profession in New Jersey. 

Resources for food banks/pantries, and meals for infants, children and families:
At this link: you will find a comprehensive list of resources for food and meals as organized by the group “Hunger Free New Jersey”.  Note that the link for the 2-1-1 Directory has six options listed and these include “home-delivered meals” (see “Older Adults” and “Individuals with Disabilities”) and Formula/Baby Food (see “Immediate Food” and “Infants and Children”).
Many thanks to:

Rick Hager

Community Outreach Coordinator

Office of Communications, Legislative and Public Affairs

New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF)

PO Box 729

Trenton, NJ 08625     

C:  (609) 947-7505

From: SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the New Jersey State School Nurses Association Digest for Wednesday, January 5th:

NJDOH Interim Guidance for Implementing Test to Stay in K-12 Schools (1/1) click here

"I am going to add this here as it relates to "Test to Stay" information that the White House partnered with the Rockefeller Foundation put in place.


The website "Open and Safe Schools" held a number of webinars concerning testing and has resources on the site. Sessions 6-8 mainly spoke about "Test to Stay". Click here then scroll down the page for the takeaways and key moments from the recorded sessions." 

(Please click on the title to read the entire blog)

Educating Students During Quarantine
Please click on the document on the left or the title above for the link and hyperlinks contained therein.


Resources from the USDOE COVID-19 website:

  • Long COVID under Section 504 and the IDEA: A Resource to Support Children, Students, Educators, Schools, Service Providers, and Families (7/2021) - please click here

  • Questions and Answers on Civil Rights and School Reopening in the COVID-19 Environment (5/2021) -  please click here


  • Education in a Pandemic: The Disparate Impacts of COVID-19 on America's Students (6/2021) -   please click here

    Your administration will be determining the protocols to follow.


Follow-up information from:

Covid-19 Updates in Essex County

Presented by

Dr. Cynthia Samuel, PhD, RN, CSN

From Booster Shots are Now Approved for Individuals Ages 16 and Older. Please click here for the link to the website.

From: SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the NASN All Member Forum Digest for Thursday, December 10, 2021:
National Mental Health Crisis - US Surgeon General Report
The US Surgeon General released a report about mental health. Click the image below to view it.

Sheila Caldwell had previously shared a new website in relation to the National Mental Health Crisis Emergency Announcement, "Sound the Alarm for Kids". Be sure to periodically visit this website for information and resources. - click

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From: SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the New Jersey State School Nurses Association Digest for Thursday December 9, 2021:

December 9th:

  • These reflect NJDOH and the governor's recent exec order: 

  • Executive Order No. 207 automatically enrolls residents who choose to receive a COVID-19 vaccine into the state's existing vaccine registry (NJIIS) - click here to read (This to help with tracking and documentation especially to help support individuals who will need the second dosage for the vaccines know to be set up for 2 injections).

  • NJ Covid Travel Advisory (Updated 12/7) - click here. (Updated to the change of CDC quarantine recommendations and no longer list of states)."

From: SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the NASN All Member Forum Digest for Thursday, December 2, 2021:
President Biden Announces New Actions to Protect Americans Against the Delta and Omicron Variants as We Battle COVID-⁠19 this Winter (please click on title for the full article)  

"This plan includes:

  1. Boosters for All Adults

  2. Vaccinations to Protect Our Kids and Keep Our Schools Open

  3. Expanding Free At-Home Testing for Americans

  4. Stronger Public Health Protocols for Safe International Travel

  5. Protections in Workplaces to Keep Our Economy Open

  6. Rapid Response Teams to Help Battle Rising Cases

  7. Supplying Treatment Pills to Help Prevent Hospitalizations and Death

  8. Continued Commitment to Global Vaccination Efforts

  9. Steps to Ensure We Are Prepared for All Scenarios "

From: SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the NASN All Member Forum Digest for Thursday, December 2, 2021:  
CDC- New Social and Emotional Climate and Learning Resources for Parents, Families, and Schools: 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools are increasing their focus on mental health and well-being. Many schools are working to create a positive social and emotional climate to support students' social and emotional learning. Parents and families play a critical role in this because they are often the first to help children develop skills to recognize and manage emotions, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.


Because research suggests that evidence-based social and emotional learning programs are more effective when extended into the home, CDC Healthy Schools has created a new tip sheet for parents and families and a new toolkit for schools to heighten awareness of and improve communication about social and emotional climate and learning.


You can find more information on our updated social and emotional climate and learning web page. Also check out more resources for mental health and other healthy schools topics in our CDC Healthy Schools Partner Toolkit.

From: SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the NASN All Member Forum Digest for Tuesday, November 30, 2021: 

AHA Updates CPR Guidance for Individuals With Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

Please be sure to click on the article below for the updates:
2021 Interim Guidance to Health Care Providers for Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support in Adults, Children, and Neonates With Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

Words of wisdom from Robin CoganMEd, RN, NCSN, FAAN as we await more information regarding the Omicron Covid-19 variant:
The Relentless School Nurse: Momentary Time and Space to Feel Calm

(Please click on the title to read Robin Cogan's entire blog)


The COVID-19 Vaccination for Children: The Science and School Nurses’ Experiences 

educational program provided excellent strategies to facilitate vaccine compliance, and emphasized the potentially profound nursing licensure consequences of spreading Covid-19 vaccine misinformation.

Please click on the title of the policy brief from eight leading nursing organizations, including the US Boards of Nursing below:

Policy Statement: Dissemination of Non-scientific and Misleading COVID-19 Information by Nurses

Excerpt: "Nurses are urged to recognize that dissemination of misinformation not only jeopardizes the health and well-being of the public, but may place their license and career in jeopardy as well."

Slide decks from the presentation will be shared when they become available.

From the Children’s Grief Awareness Day website:
IMAGINE: A CENTER FOR COPING WITH LOSS - With locations in Mountainside and Newark, IMAGINE offers free, year-round grief support for children, families, and communities. 
Phone number: 908-264-3100, and website:

From: SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the NJSSNA Digest for Thursday, November 11, 2021
"RE: 21-22 School Year - NJDOH & NJDOE

Important updates.

  • Letters from USED & USDHSS Secretaries Becerra and Cardona Regarding Pediatric Vaccination Efforts (11/10) - click here