Summer Camp Opportunity : Crossroads Camp and Retreat Center in Port Murray, New Jersey is looking for Registered Nurses to join their team for Summer 2021. In addition to spending one week living at camp (including all meals), camp nurses receive a stipend and a free week of camp for their children. For more information, and to inquire about open weeks, email Nurse@CrossRoadsRetreat.com.

School nurse position part/time September 2021: 

Part time position for registered nurse at Pace Charter School in Hamilton New Jersey. Contact person -  Linda DeWitt CSN at ldewitt@pacecharterschool. If interested please send resume and contact information to email.--

Linda DeWitt BSN, RN, CSN

Certified School Nurse

528 South Olden Avenue

Hamilton, NJ 08629

609-587-2210

Announcement

We are thrilled and delighted to announce that Nancy Weinstein has agreed to become our new Scholarship Chairperson for the coming school year, which is an appointed Executive Board position. Nancy was a school nurse for many years at the South Orange Maplewood School District. We all congratulate Nancy and look forward to her participation as Scholarship Chairperson.

Happy Juneteenth, celebrated this Friday June 18th

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INFORMATION DOWNLOADED FROM SCHOOL NURSE NET 6/14/21:
 

Important clarification: Each district in conjunction with their local health department will determine their individual policies and procedures based on CDC, NJDOH and NJDOE guidance. It is always important to follow your district-specific policies and procedures, although some of the information in the articles from different states or districts may differ.
 

Preview: Federal health officials have verified 226 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis in people ages 30 and younger who have received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine and are investigating about 250 more reports. While rare, the rates for ages 16-24 following a second dose are above what is expected, prompting a meeting of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) next week.

  • CDC ACIP Meeting, June 18, 2021 at 11:00am

**Public Written or Oral Commenting is open**- click here for information
Here is the link to view the meeting on Friday - click here.

  • NEW COVID-19 RELATED ARTICLES (*National Geographic Articles, will ask you to subscribe after reading a complementary article--the first two listed articles below are from National Geographic):

National Geographic/Animals

Please click here to view this article (*see above).

National Geographic/ Science

Please click here to view this article (*see above).

Please click here to view this article.

Please click here to view this article on the CDC website

New Resources:

  • UPDATED 6/15/21: Summary of Selected School Health Mandates and Resources Updated March 2020- please click here.

  • Summer Camp Guidance updated 6/9/21, please click here.

Job opportunity in Essex County for September 2021- Dec 2021 (possibly early Jan2022):
Essex Valley School in West Caldwell is looking for a maternity leave replacement for September 2021- Dec 2021 (possibly early Jan2022).
We are a Grade 6-12, Approved Private School for Students with Disabilities (mostly behavioral disorders/classified as ED) with approx. 90 students.
Open to hiring two nurses to split days, part-time
Email Jamie Benevento with any questions: jbenevento@essexvalleyschool.org
Resumes can be sent to: Alichtenstein@essexvalleyschool.org

Summer Employment Opportunity for the Camp Nejeda specialty camp for children with T1D, as posted on NJSSNA School Nurse Net 6/11/21:
"You will get tremendous experience while working with many types of T1D technology and you will come out of camp with usable knowledge that you can bring back to your school in the fall. Need camp nurses (RN or LPN) to work 1-6 weeks at Camp Nejeda. Camp Nejeda is wonderful overnight environment for children ages 7-16 with type 1 diabetes.  Free CEUs, free room & board, and your children can attend for free. No experience required. Living in a state of the art air conditioned health center. Education on type 1 diabetes provided beforehand and you are never working alone. Supported by technology facilitators, doctors, other nurses and assistants. Looking for:
July 4-10 - cabin nurse & isolation specialist
July 10-16 - evening nurse (in health center) & isolation specialist
July 18-24 - night nurse (8 hours)
July 24-30 - night nurse (8 hours) & cabin nurse
Aug 1-7 - isolation specialist
Aug 7-13 - isolation specialist
For more information go to www.campnejeda.org
Or email Robin.Greengrove@campnejeda,org
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Robin Greengrove RN, BSN, ANCC, CSN
Clifton Public Schools
Nutley, NJ"

NEW OUTSIDE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM from The Asthma & Allergy Network: The Risk Factors for Development of Food Allergies, Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 4:00pm, What puts a child at risk for the development of food allergies?  Dr. Angela Hogan discusses the links to the development of food allergies and takes time for your questions. To register please click here.

NEW OUTSIDE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM from School Health: What’s Next? A Year Later – Pandemic Procedures and Protocols, Thursday, Jun 17, 2021 3:00pm to 4:00pm, to register please click here.

NEW OUTSIDE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM from The Center for School Health Innovation & Quality: School Nurse Leadership Summit Thriving Not Just Surviving Covid-19, Tuesday, July 27, 2021 11:00am to 2:00pm, to register please click here.

NASN AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ADVOCACY

  • Biden-Harris Administration Announces Plan to Invest at Least $500M to Hire Additional School Nurses,  please click here.

  • NASN President Laurie G. Combe, MN, RN, NCSN letter, please click here

  • American Rescue Plan, please click here and see talking points below

  • The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Overview, please click here.

    • TALKING POINTS:

      • I’m sure we all agree that the COVID-19 pandemic has impeded the learning of students and undermined their physical and mental health.

      • Prior to the pandemic, schools were already woefully understaffed with regard to nurses and other support personnel. As schools reopen, nurses have a critical role in ensuring that schools effectively address issues related to the health and well-being of children, including the immediate and long-term impacts of COVID-19 on youth.

      • As you know, the ARP provides funds to safely reopen schools for in-person instruction as soon as possible and sustain those operations, and school districts can use the funds in a variety of ways, including hiring more school nurses.

      • On behalf of the students in our district, I respectfully request this infusion of federal funding is invested in ways that will most effectively achieve the goals of safer classrooms and schools, improved student physical and mental health, and academic readiness.

      • Among the investments that I believe will achieve this goal is (INSERT DISTRICT SPECIFIC request).

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Announcements

May 20, 2021

We are thrilled and delighted to announce that Laura Sacks, RN, BA, BSN, MA has agreed to become our new Co-President for the coming school year, and was approved by the members at our meeting. Laura has been a school nurse for 23 years, and has worked for the Orange School District for the past 20 years. We all congratulate Laura and look forward to her co-presidency.

Our $500.00 scholarship has been awarded to a Bloomfield High School student who joined us at our meeting yesterday. She will be attending Montclair State University and extends her gratitude to all of the members of our organization for helping her on her journey to become a registered nurse.

Marie Malloy, National Director, Volunteer & Community Engagement, FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), shared the information below on FARE's funding for schools this fall. The deadline for the funding opportunity is July 2.

 

AWARD INFO:

 

FARE is offering 30 awards of up to $750 to schools and nonprofit organizations serving Title 1/Title-1-eligible students/schools. The funds can be used for food allergy education, resources and training during the 2021 back-to-school season and may include: 



  • purchasing food allergy-focused books, education materials and/or non-food giveaways;

  • purchasing food allergy-related materials or items specifically for the cafeteria or health office;

  • printing FARE’s back-to-school materials;

  • and training staff, with a focus on responding to an allergic reaction and inclusion of students with food allergies in all activities.

 

The deadline to apply is July 2. Applicants must join FARE’s free Collaborator Program, if they are not already a member, to be eligible. Learn more and apply here.

NEW RESOURCE regarding vaccine mandates and incentives:
What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws
(Technical Assistance Questions and Answers - Updated on May 28, 2021.  Please click
here for the entire document. For the updates: hold down the '"Control" tab and click the "F" key. Enter the date "5/28/21" and you'll will be taken to the highlighted area with the updates for 5/28/21.) 

Downloaded post with information from Sheila Caldwell, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NJSSNA School Nurse Net thread:

 American Rescue Plan and NJ

Yesterday, the following NJDOE Broadcast Memo went out to districts: "American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Funds Application and Update", which you can click here to read. You can also click this link from the memo and see the amounts that each district local education agency is planned to receive. There is also the ability to offer public comment to ARPPlan@doe.nj.gov by 

June 3rd.


In President Biden's announcement about the American Rescue Plan Act, he spoke directly about school nurses and how there is a percentage of the money to be allocated to hire school nurses along with some other requirements. Click here to read the Fact Sheet.

 

Please click here to read this article on the allocation of the funds: "Schools Can Use COVID-19 Relief Money for Vaccinations and Teacher Bonuses, Feds Say"

Your thoughts and comments on NJSSNA School Nurse Net are appreciated by all of our colleagues.

 

Many thanks to Sheila Caldwell RN, BSN, CSN-NJ for up to the moment information on NJSSNA School Nurse Net.

New Resource downloaded from Sheila Caldwell, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NJSSNA School Nurse Net thread: 

P.L. 2019, CHAPTER 189 (A1428 2R) is an act concerning child trafficking awareness for school districts and supplementing chapter 36 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes. To read the act please click here.

NJDOE had put in place "Human Trafficking Resources" based on this law, please click here.

INTERESTING TOPICS RETRIEVED FROM SCHOOL NURSE NET:

  • NEW: NJDOH Guidance (5/19) Travel and Masking Clarifications for K-12 Schools has been updated on (5/20) and addresses high school graduations, please click here.

  • LPNs in schools: A question arose regarding a district administration's request to have LPNs covering a school.

    • The district’s legal team would have to contact the NJDOE at healthyschools@doe.nj.gov, for this decision.

    • The broadcast memo from 12/15/15 discusses the Employment of Certified School Nurses, please click here

    • The document concerning the pandemic and substitute nurses in schools, please click here.

  • The dechoker device (portable anti-choking device to be used in schools)​

    • There is currently legislation in the assembly for the dechoker device to be made available in the cafeteria and in school nurses offices. For the bill A5524, please click here. This legislation has not been passed as yet.

  • Resource for HIPAA protected entities in reference to questions about requesting vaccination status, please click here.

  • NJAAP Pediatric Mental Health Minute Series includes approximately 16 to 18 minute videos on the following topics: Maladaptive Aggression, Deprescribing in Children, Psychosocial Treatment, Screening Tools, Mental Health Promotion and Problem Prevention, ADHD, Mental Health in Infants and Children, Antidepressant Side Effects, Antidepressants, Suicide, Adolescent Depression, Trauma Informed Care and Anxiety. Please click here for the link.

FROM THE RELENTLESS SCHOOL NURSE:

Dorrie Uscinowicz of the Voorhees School District picked up on a student's high blood pressure during a screening. It turned out that the student was diagnosed with kidney cancer and required a nephrectomy.

Please click the title below for the link to the news video:

South Jersey 9-year-old thanks school nurse for saving her life.

NOTEWORTHY INFORMATION: 

  • NJDOH is conducting a survey to gauge interest from LEAs (Local Education Agencies) to integrate Binax testing as one part of the LEAs approach to mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19, please click here.

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), please click here.

  • "Register-Ready"- The first step in emergency preparedness for individuals who may need assistance in a disaster, for the brochure, please click here.

4/28/21 BROADCAST MEMO: Deadline Extended for Mandated School Health Screenings to August 31, 2021, please click here. Additional information regarding the mandated screenings can be found under the "student health screenings" dropdown of the Road Forward FAQ document here.

*NJSSNA President, Donna Pleus, MSN, RN, NCSN sent a letter to NJSSNA members on 5/4/21 detailing NJSSNA's response and recommendations regarding the above NJDOE Broadcast Memo

RESOURCE FROM THE NJDOH: TRAVEL AND MASKING CLARIFICATIONS FOR K-12 SCHOOLS,

Date: May 19, 2021, please click here.

SUMMER CAMP AND RECREATION INFORMATION: 

  • New Jersey 2021 COVID-19 Youth Summer Camp Standards Guidelines (4/28) - click here

 

  • New Jersey COVID-19 Pools and Aquatic Recreation Facility Standards - Revised (3/19) - click here

 

  • State Park Service Overnight Facilities/Campsites Update (4/26) - click here  

RESOURCE FROM HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH: When Will My Child Be Able to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?, please click here for the link.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE: Dr. Hasan has provided the "Guidance for Sports Activities" dated March 18, 2021, which was requested by a participant in our MIS-C educational program presented on 4/21/21, please click here

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE: COVID-19 School and Community Resource Library from the Massachusetts General resource library, please click here.

EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY: 

  • NASN reviewed the American Rescue Plan and prepared a series of resources including social media graphics and an overview of the ARP and funding flow, please click here.

  • NASN American Rescue Plan overview, please click here for talking points.
  • The overview of ARP can be used to make a clear and compelling case on how to use ARP funds in your community with, to school nursing services which may include hiring additional nurses.

 SUMMER CAMP OPPORTUNITY: Laura Downs, the Director of the All Day Super Fun Program at the Sandwich Recreation Department in Massachusetts, is looking for a Program Nurse for summer 2021. Their All Day Super Fun Program is a daily program, held Monday-Friday starting at 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM for Sandwich, Massachusetts Residents. Each 4 week session; they serve 140 children in grades K-8 and hire around 40 staff members. This opportunity does offer optional housing and the pay is $27 /hour. Please let her know if you would be interested in this position. There is a video below of their beautiful property. Oak Crest Cove Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtMWReqatvs and do not hesitate to call her directly if you have any questions 508-888-4361 ext. 1252. PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS TO PRACTICE NURSING IN MASSACHUSETTS, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

PSA: NJEA's public service announcement to promote COVID vaccination features Sheila Caldwell. Please click on the picture to the right to view the excellent public service announcement.

Congratulations to Sheila Caldwell for a job well done.

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OUTSIDE PROGRAMS: 

  • Recorded program regarding Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine and Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia – Update for Clinicians on Early Detection and Treatment

    please click here.

  • Legal One and David Nash to host a webinar, "Marijuana Legalization and the Impact on Public Schools", Thursday, May 20th, 9:00am to 12:00noon, please click here.

OUTSIDE PROGRAMS: The New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF)

Click here to Hear about Upcoming Trainings and New Content from the Foundation

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FROM NASN: 

NASN Launches COVID-19 Interactive Tools: (Please click on titles)

  • Can I Send My Student to School: Designed for school nurses to share with families, this interactive tool is based on CDC COVID-19 guidance and designed to guide families through assessing when their child should stay home from school.

 

  • How to Manage Difficult Conversations: A quick micro-burst of learning, this interactive module teaches school nurses a simple formula to use to respond effectively to challenging conversations.

 

OUTSIDE PROGRAMS:

The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments is presenting an interesting webinar series coming up:

Gender-Equity: June 9 at 12pm EST – Register here

For other upcoming programs from the Alliance of Nurses for Health Environments, please click here for their website.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM:

  • Type 1 Diabetes in Children Seminar presented by Camp Nejeda, a well established Summer camp for children with diabetes and their families. Please click here for the program flyer for the following dates: virtual October 2021 – date and format TBD please check website for updated information.

    • If anyone is still looking for summer employment, Camp Nejeda still has paid positions available by the week as well with childcare provided if the child is the same age as the campers. You can email Mary Ellen Meyer maryellen.meyer@campnejeda.org with questions about employment.

INFORMATION FROM NASN SCHOOL NURSE NET DOWNLOADED 4/13/2021:

  • Supporting School Community Wellness with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) During and After a Pandemic, please click here.

  • ED COVID-19 Handbook, Volume 2: Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students' Needs (April 2021), please click on the image above next to volume 1.

  • Children's Defense Fund 2021 Report: State of America's Children , please click on the image above next to volume 2, and click here for highlights of the report.

  • AAP Healthy Children - ACES (scroll down to the 'Creating Positive Experiences' tabs), please click here.

  • AAP News - 'It's everybody's problem': Goal to end youth suicide unites experts, organizations (3/21) please click here

  • AAP News - "Study: Children with mental health concerns staying in EDs longer" please click here

  • ASPHA Chronic Stress and the Risk of High School Dropout, please click here

  • Mental Health America's The State of Mental Health in America 2020 - Youth Ranking please click here.

  • Child Trends 2021 Report: "A National Agenda for Children's Mental Health" please click here.

  • Pfizer requests FDA clearance for vaccine in kids ages 12 to 15, please click here.

Many thanks again to Sheila Caldwell, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ for these excellent posts.

FROM ROBIN COGAN'S RELENTLESS SCHOOL NURSE BLOG:

"In addition to introducing each of the district’s school nurses during Monday’s Livingston Board of Education (LBOE) meeting, the Livingston Public Schools (LPS) district also honored its “Healthcare Heroes” through a video compilation featuring messages of gratitude as well as a gift of LPS scrubs donated by the Livingston Education Foundation (LEF) in honor of their extraordinary efforts to keep LPS kids safe".

Congratulations to our Livingston School Nurses, and hoping many districts will follow suit.

Many thanks to Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN for this post and for being relentless

Racism is declared a serious public health threat by the director of the CDC.

Rochelle P. Walensky MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), declared racism a serious public health threat, please click here for the full document.

  • New APHA (American Public Health Association)  mapping tool tracks localities declaring racism a public health crisis, please click here.

  • The Campaign for Action has been hosting a series of webinars "Health Equity Action Forums", Fortunately, the webinars are recorded for later viewing, please click here.

  • Many thanks again to Sheila Caldwell, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ for these excellent posts.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) and 19 nursing and healthcare organizations are joining together on a new vaccine education campaign: COVID Vaccine Facts for Nurses. 

Two New NJDOH Guidance Documents Dated April 5th:

  • Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Persons in Non-Healthcare Settings - click here

  • Recommended Minimum Quarantine Timeframes - click here 

Please click here for the archived webinar for Connecting Youth and Families to Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities / Developmental Disabilities services in New Jersey. This webinar was held on March 16th.  You will learn about how these services are accessed and delivered.  The second half of the session is a Q&A which is also highly informative, as is the FAQ document for which you can click here

INFORMATION FROM NASN SCHOOL NURSE NET DOWNLOADED 4/6/2021:

  • A very informative website for long covid in children created in the United Kingdom, can be accessed here.

    • For their LONG COVID KIDS-School Awareness Pack-March 2021-United Kingdom, please click here.

  • The National Center for Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) will be hosting a webinar series called "Lessons from the Field" which will run bi-weekly through June and discuss the following topics

      across early childhood, K-12, and post-secondary education:

  • Safe and Healthy Environments

  • Providing Supports to Students 

  • Teacher, Faculty, and Staff Well-Being, Professional Development, and Supports

  • The first Lessons from the Field: Safely Reopening and Sustaining In-Person Instruction, from 3/31/21 was archived and can be accessed here.

  • To contribute to best practices, please click here.

  •  NJDOH Lead screening letter, please click here.

  • Many thanks to Sheila Caldwell, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ for these excellent posts.

THIS IS QUITTING is a first of its kind program to help young people quit vaping. For information on the program please click here.

Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures (PNES), please click here for a brilliant article from the Journal of School Nursing referenced in a thread on School Nurse Net from the NASN All Member Forum

COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Local Health Departments for K-12 Schools updated 3/23/2021, please click here. Form letters are included with this reference.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR CHILDREN:

  • If you think that someone is in need of behavioral or mental health support, suggest that a parent or guardian call the NJ Children's System of Care at 1-877-652-7624

  • HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS: Please click here.

  • ​​EDUCATORS: Please click here.​​

  • CHILDREN’S SYSTEM OF CARE (CSOC) MEDIA KIT, please click here.

SUMMER CAMP POSITION IN VERMONT: We received information about a camp nurse position at Camp Keewaydin in Vermont.  To see their beautiful website, please click here, and their email address is: info@keewaydin.org.

THERE ARE MANY SCHOOL NURSING POSITIONS LISTED ON SCHOOL NURSE NET

Protect Yourself: Use and Re-Use of PPE

Free PPE webinar supported by the American Nurses Foundation and ANA to help Nurses protect themselves and their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. To view the complete 60-minute webinar, as well as four Quick Videos of key highlights, please click here.  In these videos, you will learn Occupational health risks related to COVID-19; COVID-19 modes of transmission as it is currently understood; Isolation precautions and PPE selection and use for COVID-19; Crisis standards of care related to PPE use during COVID-19; re-use of PPE, including respirators and isolation gowns.

To register for the above 60 minute webinar, please click here, and choose the second option on the left side of the page.  There are many excellent free webinars offered on the nursingworld.org website including ANA's COVID-19 Self-Care Package for Nurses, which you can register for by clicking here.

CDC has more information available (*Please note that your local health department in partnership with your school district has discretion about the implementation of CDC guidelines):

  • COVID-19 Child Care Program Symptom Screening Flowchart (3/12) - click here
     

  • What to do if a Student Becomes Sick or Reports a New COVID-19 Diagnosis at School* (3/12) - click here

 

  • CDC Looks At Whether 3 Feet - Instead Of 6 - Is Safe For Schools' Social Distancing  (3/15) - click here

  • COVID Vaccine Facts for School Nurses, please click here.

  • Stop the Bleed information, please click here

  • For the finalized version of Paul's Law, please click here. There will be more information to follow...

NJ Department of Agriculture's "Farm-to-School NJ" program, please click here. There are many online resources for educational activities.

Stop the Bleed Training Kit Program, please click here for grant information.

Letter from U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary Samuel re: School Staff Vaccination Program, please click here.

Now Taking the Stage in the Pandemic: The School Nurse, please click here for this New York Times article, which includes the recognition of Charity Collins, who became the first black school nurse in 1911 and was a trailblazer in a phenomenally difficult time due to profound racial inequality. Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN provides an inspirational tribute to Charity Collins in her "The Relentless School Nurse" blog of February 23rd.

 NJ Poison Control Center & COVID-Important Reminders for Public Health Professionals (recording), please click here.

Resources regarding masks for students with asthma:

  • Desensitizing-To-Wearing-Face-Mask-Parent-Resource, please click here.

  • What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic, please click here.

CDC Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People, please click here.

Inspirational article from Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN: Five Ways School Nurses Can Increase Their Sphere of Influence, please click here.

3/8/21: Kids Hospitalized With COVID-19 Frequently Have Neuro Symptoms, please click here for the article.

UPDATES from 3/5/21: Please be sure to "fact check" all information from the website by clicking on the links. Information is changing so rapidly, that it can lose validity moments after it is printed.

  • Governor Murphy announced the expansion of eligibility for more frontline essential workers (educators, including support staff, in pre-K through 12th grade settings) and high-risk groups in New Jersey’s COVID-19 vaccination program as of March 15th (11 additional health conditions added including being overweight ( BMI >25 but <30), and additional eligibility for others as of March 29th, please click here for the link.

  • The Federal Pharmacy Program will prioritize vaccinating all school staff and childcare workers during the month of March. Teachers and staff in pre-K-12 schools and childcare programs will be able to sign up for an appointment at over 9,000 pharmacy locations participating in the program nationwide, please click here.

  • The NJDOE has not granted waivers for screenings, and immunization protocols per statute and code must be enforced.

  • NJDOH Q & A clarifies that immunization requirements apply to students during the period of remote instruction, please click here

  • COVID-19 Interim Guidance: Return to Sports and Physical Activity, please click here.

  • Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (CSSRS) Free Online Training Resources, please click here.

  • N.J.S.A 18A:40A-12 applies for remote students suspected of being under the influence, please click here.

  • Paul's Law NJDOE Guidance, please click here.

  •  NJDOE broadcast 1/6/21 to extend the time limitation in which a substitute non-instructional school nurse can serve in a single position within a single district click here.

  • The Attorney General's guidance on the legalization of marijuana, please click here.

  • The importance of school nurses providing only emergency care for school staff, rather than routine care. 

  • P.L. 2019, c. 118, permits emergency and self-administration of hydrocortisone sodium succinate for adrenal insufficiency, please click here.

Virtual Office Resources, please click hereTechnology information will be found under the education tab of the Resources tab.

March News From Saint Barnabas Medical Center including:

  • March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month-information on early detection of colon cancer

  • Reminder for women to schedule preventive care visits

  • Cardiac Care information

  • PLUS MANY SUPPORT GROUPS AND ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL  MEETINGS

  •  PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS ADDED TO THEIR SUBSCRIPTION LIST.  

New Jersey State School Nurses Association cordially invites NJSSNA members (you must be a member to attend) to the second Spring Webinar, which from 6pm to 8pm. Registration information will be forthcoming:

 

Webinar Series #2 Tuesday, 5/18/21: RWJBH Hope & Healing

NJSSNA Membership information, please click here

NJSSNA Membership benefits, please click here

Downloaded from School Nurse Net 2/24:

  • ACEs Action Plan launched to make New Jersey a 'trauma-informed/ healing centered state', please click here.

  •  NJDOH RECOMMENDED MINIMUM QUARANTINE TIME FRAMES February 15, 2021, please click here.

  •  Camp Nejeda, the Diabetic Summer Camp,  has hired a "Covid Manager" and plans to open this summer,             if you are interested in applying, please click here.

NASN has initiated a campaign Claim Your School to help us identify and understand staffing gaps and more effectively target our advocacy and development efforts.

NEW: School Climate Resources please click here.

 Updates from the CDC:

Updated 2/13: Improve the Fit and Filtration of Your Mask to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19, please click here.

Important Update 2/12: Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation, please click here and see the handbook above.

Updated 2/11: Operating schools during COVID-19: CDC's Considerations, please click here.

New York Times article: The C.D.C. Has New School Guidelines. Here’s What You Need to Know, click here.

Updated 2/10: Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Authorized in the United States, please click here.This document contains public health recommendations for vaccinated persons.

EXCELLENT RECORDED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM: Covid-19 Vaccines and Clinical Trials, please click here.

FROM THE NASN WEEKLY DIGEST 1/28/2021--A small sampling of the many resources on the NASN website

                            Many COVID-19 reports and tracking tools are available on the NASN website.

  • NASN Interim Guidance: Role of the School Nurse in COVID-19 Testing in Schools, please click here.

  • Evaluation of Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Test for SARS-CoV-2 Infection at Two Community-Based Testing Sites — Pima County, Arizona, November 3–17, 2020, please click here.

  • CDC released a new resource for employers to effectively communicate with employees to build confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine, please click here.

  • Cardiac Recommendation Post-COVID-19 in Student Athletes, please click on titles:

  • HHS emergency preparedness link, please click on: Covid-19 Resources Page​

  • February is American Heart Month:

    • You can use social media to get resources out to your school, please click here.​

  • CDC Tool Helps Families Decide When and How to Go Back to School, please click here. This tool helps families weigh the risks and benefits.

  • The CDC School Reopening Decision Tool, please click here

The New Jersey  Department of Children and Families has recently added new titles related to Internet Safety, Social Media, Parenting, Grandparenting, Single parenting, Teen parenting, Talking to adolescents about sex, Teen behavior, Special needs children, Violence, Bullying, Anger Management, Smoking/Vaping (younger kids and teens), an Activity Book for young children (“good touch/bad touch”), and Preparing for emergencies/disasters.  This link will take you to the area of their website where you can explore and order their materials:   https://www.nj.gov/dcf/news/publications/ Use the “Publications Order Form"

 N.J. setting up call center to assist people in getting a COVID vaccine, please click on title to read the article

          The telephone number is: 855-568-0545

Link which will be included under "Health Organizations" on the Resources page for families impacted by mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases, please click on the name of the website: mesothelioma.net

NJEA LEGAL SERVICES ADVISORY: NJEA Vaccine FAQs, please click here.

 NEW POLL REVEALS MOST EFFECTIVE LANGUAGE TO IMPROVE COVID-19 VACCINE ACCEPTANCE please click here.

Updated NJDOH Guidelines for Testing children suspected of having COVID-19 prior to return to school, please click here.

 COVID-19 Vaccine overview courtesy of the Maplewood/ South Orange Board of Health, please click here.

Understanding Messenger RNA and Other SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines

Please click on the web address below, which summarizes the efficacy, safety and availability of the current messenger RNA vaccines and the timelines and testing of other vaccines.

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1?ui=2&ik=6ca492adcc&attid=0.1&permmsgid=msg-f:1688333304929300814&th=176e2a3216c5b14e&view=att&disp=safe&realattid=176e2a29949c39792941

A Side by Side Comparison of the  Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Vaccine

FROM NASN ALL MEMBER FORUM retrieved 1/8/2021:

Approval of the bipartisan bill would give protections to students and potential federal grant money to schools that enact comprehensive management plans. Presidential signature is required for the bill to become signed into law.

To subscribe the Medwatch for FDA safety reporting information please click here. Adverse events can be reported online through this webpage.

From the CDC: Training and Continuing Education Online (TCEO) Please click here to see opportunities for free continuing education online.

Due to COVID-19 priorities, the Annual Immunization Status Report (ASR) packet mailing has been delayed. The 2020-21 ASR packet has been made available online for your reference at https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/imm_requirements/2020_2021_ASR_Packet.pdf

The electronic report can be accessed and submitted online from January 1st through February 1st at https://healthapps.state.nj.us/imm/annualstatusrpt.aspx. Please note, new functions have been added to the online IMM-7 report to improve reporting. This includes the ability to pre-populate your school address and look up your ASR ID directly on the form or by utilizing the new school ID search tool available at https://healthapps.state.nj.us/imm/searchschoolid.aspx.

Once the form is submitted successfully, a copy of the summary report will also be sent to the email address entered on the form for the person who completed the report. Schools will be able to email the summary report directly to their respective local health departments.

If you have further questions and want to verify whether there will be an extension this year, please contact the Vaccine Preventable Disease Program at 609-826-4861.

 Courtesy of the NASN ALL MEMBER FORUM: Covid 19 vaccine FAQs for talking points:

 Courtesy of the NEW JERSEY STATE SCHOOL NURSES ASSOCIATION THREAD (through the NASN website)

Opioid Continuing Education Requirement For All Nurses Will start with 2019-21 License Renewals

Here are a couple of the options to fulfill the requirements:

T.R.U.S.T Seizure Recognition and First Aid Powerpoint for Staff Education (Please click on the title above for the link to the powerpoint) Andrea Racioppi (our presenter from the 12/16/2020 Mandatory Seizure Education Requirements based on Paul's Law program) has requested that you send her a sign in sheet by fax to: 609-392-5621 or scanning the sign in sheet and sending them to her email address: aracioppi@efnj.com

IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION: To obtain a certificate from the Epilepsy Foundation,

you must attend a live webinar by registering on the following website: https://epilepsyservicesnj.org/pauls-law/

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 The Division of the Children’s System of Care has free or low-cost access to behavioral health support available due to the impact COVID-19 has had on young people’s mental wellness. 

           FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN & FAMILIES (DCF):

  • Families need to know that there is help available 24/7/365.

  • Help DCF spread the word so that at-risk youth can get the support they need.

  • Please click here for their excellent resource page. 

Data resources regarding COVID-19 cases for children in our state shared by: Sheila Caldwell, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ via the New Jersey State School Nurses Association information thread:

  •  NJDOH Public Health Awareness Infographic - click here

  •  "Schools" Outbreak Dashboard (click image below).​

  • NJDOH COVID-19 Statistics Map that is posted on Thursdays to see the graphs by age ranges. To check by county and other data elements - click here

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NASN has recently unveiled the COVID-19 Tracking Tool, which provides an approach for school nurses to document the number of students and staff identified with COVID-19 symptoms at school and report to the designated local health department, school building/system leadership, and health services director/supervisor.

 

NASN has also added a COVID-19 Symptom Screener for Students. NASN hopes that both of these resources, along with all the others, will help as you move into 2021.

NASN membership has many benefits including professional development programs that are free with your membership and excellent resources such as those listed above to enhance your practice. Please consider joining NASN, which provides you with joint membership to our State organization.

Department of Children and Families Publications and Reports (click here for the DCP webpage)

  • The NJ Department of Children and Families provides a variety of publications upon request.  

  • Several new titles have been added (including "anti-vaping" for young kids and one for teens).

  • More new titles will be in around late November.

  • All publications are free, the shipping is free and they can be ordered in reasonable quantities at any time. 

  • The "Download the Publications Order Form" in the middle of the page to order materials. 

  • Topics include: DCF Information, Covid-19, Child Abuse/ Neglect, Child Safety, Disaster Assistance & Resources, Domestic Violence, Parenting, Race Equality, Safe Haven, Sexual Violence, Teens, Violence, Internet Safety and Substance Abuse.

Free NARCAN® (naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray for High Schools Program from Adapt Pharma - click here for information NJDOE Guidance for Opioid Antidote Administration in the School Setting