Message from the Executive Board:                               
 
We wish to welcome you to your new Essex County School Nurses Association website. Our primary objective is to share critical information to make sure that every school nurse has the tools necessary to return to school safely with the support of colleagues and our professional organizations. To accomplish our goals, this website will have a password protected area to share information and strategies, as well as a public component for time-sensitive information. It is critical that we all join and support our professional organizations to promote the sharing of scientific information and interventions. "New Articles or New Outside Program" information will initially appear on the "Home" page, but then will only appear on either the "News" or "Resources" pages.

NEW: 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.

NEW: 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
(NEW)

NEW: 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.

 

NEW: 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.

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

NEW: 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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Dates and times:​

          •  Tuesday, Nov. 24th at 12:30 pm

          •  Monday, Nov. 30th at 12:30 pm

NEW Outside Program: Narcan Webex offered by Rutgers: Narcan will be sent to your home after you take the course.*Queenie contacted me to let me know that there will not be PD credits for this course. 

                

To register email Queenie (info below)

      Queenie Reda, MSW, LSW

      Health Educator II

      Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

      Division of Addiction Psychiatry

      317 George St., Suite # 105

      New Brunswick, NJ 08904

      Phone: (732) 235-4497

      Fax: (732) 235-4277

      EmaIl:  queenie.reda@rutgers.edu

Live online PD events offered by the Bureau of Education and Research (BER):
  • School Nurses: Best Strategies for Success During School Medical Emergencies (12/1,2,3 or 4)
  • Enhancing Your School Nurse Practice: Making Time for What Matters Most (12/2,3, or 4)
  • School Nurses: Best Practices for Addressing Mental Health Issues in Your Schools (12/8, 9,10 or 11)
Please go to the Events tab for information on contacting the Bureau of Education and Research to register and pay for these programs, or click here for the link.​
MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD (UPDATE):
Re: 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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