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NJDOH recommendations for the COVID-19 Regional Risk Matrix

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          Updated: 12/22/2020

Message from the Executive Board:                        
 
We hope that you are finding your Essex County School Nurses Association website beneficial. Our primary objective continues to be to join with NJSSNA and NASN to facilitate the sharing of timely information from medical experts, national, state and local regulatory authorities. New articles or outside educational program information will continue to appear on this Homepage initially, but then will only appear on either the EventsNews or Resources pages. The Member Forum feed has been taken off of the Homepage to maintain the privacy of that page for our website members. Website members can visit the Members Forum page to see opportunities, seek information and share their inspiration with colleagues.

NEW:  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

NEW: 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

NEWThursday, January 28, 2021 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm

CDC COCA (Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity) call:

Treating Long COVID: Clinician Experience with Post-Acute COVID-19 Care

PLEASE SEE THE EVENTS PAGE

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

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

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

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

COVID Vaccinations for Health Care Workers, please click here.

(To access the links in the document, hold down the "ctrl" key while using the mouse to click on the underlined link.)

Notification was received from the President of the Essex County Educational Association (ECEA) that  school nurses who live or work in Essex County are eligible to register for a vaccination appointment NOW. The Moderna vaccine is being given out daily and there are currently appointments available. Please be sure to check with your primary care physician if you have severe allergies or have undergone cosmetic procedures.  Please click here to be taken to the link to make your appointment.

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

NEW 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.

FREE Health Professional Webinar from the American Dairy Association:

An In-Depth Look into the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

(please click on the title to register)

Thursday, January 28th 12:00pm to 1:00pm

CEU Credit Available for Attendees

FIVE attendees will be selected at random to win a $50 Nasco gift card for MyPlate educational resources.

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/

 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. 

Board of Nursing notice information regarding the minimum requirements for providing healthcare services in office practices, click here for the link to the notice, which includes another link for additional information.

The NJDOH CDS has updated and posted the following documents located on the COVID-19 Information for Schools Page at https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/covid2019_schools.shtml including:
NJDOH COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for K-12 Schools.
NJDOH COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Reopening Childcare Centers
Guidance for PPE Use in Schools During COVID-19

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.

 To find Covid-19 testing sites click here and enter the address or zip code at the bottom of the webpage.   

Proposed Covid-19 testing by school nurses
June Flanagan thanks everyone for their attention to this matter, and shared the reply from the DOH Commissioner on the NJSSNA SchoolNurseNet thread, as copied below:

Thanks for your note June. The use of the Binax for symptomatic students is a recommendation of the White House. We are reviewing this internally at the department and when ready will schedule a call with school nurses for further input. The nasal swab can be self- administered under supervision so may be a valuable tool for symptomatic older students. Obviously not for younger students. The swab is not an NP swab, it is a short q tip type. I administered the test yesterday to myself and it was really easy. Having said all that , this is still under deliberation.

Judith M. Persichilli RN, BSN, MA

Commissioner

New Jersey Department of Health

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

Beware of Non-FDA Approved COVID-19 Test Scams. Click here for the notice from the Division of Consumer Affairs

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF) has graciously allowed us to  link to their events page at https://njsbf.org/events/ and their programs page at https://njsbf.org/school-based-programs/violence-preventionanti-bias-trainings/
*These programs require pre-registration, so please register on their NJSBF website, by clicking on the links to the programs that you plan to attend (professional development credits are awarded). You can also encourage your organizations to offer some of their other excellent programs by clicking on the "school-based-programs" link.
The New Jersey School-Age Tuition Assistance Program will provide tuition assistance to parents/caretakers with school-age children (5 to 13 years old) in need of child care due to schools’ remote learning schedules this fall as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Please click here for the link to the tuition assistance application. (Link will also be available on the "News" page)

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR IMPORTANT ALERT: The Division of Consumer Affairs is urging our licensees to be on alert for new scams targeting healthcare professionals and possibly others. For a sample scam letter, click here.(Link will also be available on the "News" page)

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