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 information will initially appear on the "Home" page, but then will only appear on either the "News" or "Resources" pages.
 
NEW: 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.​
 
Flu Toolkit

CDC expands definition of ‘close contacts,’ after study suggests Covid-19 can be passed in brief interactions (will also be available on the News page)

Educational program regarding Valtoco (diazepam nasal spray).

Please see the dates on the Events page and click on the link to the registration form.

Excellent opportunity:

In collaboration with Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, School Nurse International and European Union for School and University Health and Medicine, the World Health Organization is organizing a survey to better understand the activities school health providers have been engaged in related to COVID-19, learn what school health providers think would be the best use of their time and capacity, and identify resources they need. All responses are anonymous. 

The survey is for nurses, medical doctors, nurse practitioners, or health assistants who spend at least 50% of their working time providing health services to school students.

 

The deadline to Oct 30, 2020.

 

To access the survey:

https://georgetown.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aWNv42OUTByvXQF

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

NEW: US Army bans masks with valves for soldiers in South Korea since the exhaled air passes out through the mask unfiltered (journal article from Stars and Stripes). 
 NASN's quarterly newsletter Q3 2020 includes a listing of many excellent courses. Please hover over the "Events" tab and then click on the new "NASN Courses" page. Receiving the quarterly newsletter is only one of the great benefits of NASN membership. There are grants and scholarships, the journal (which will soon be digital), NJSSNA SchoolNurseNet for communication, weekly updates via email and member spotlights.

NASN has released the School Nurse-Led Active Surveillance of Chronic Absenteeism Manual to provide procedures and resources to support school nurses’ important work in this area. 

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)
 
Please see our new "Library" page for an opportunity to add to your reference   
            library and more.
         

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