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: Data resources regarding COVID-19 cases for children in our state shared by:
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.
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
Phone: (732) 235-4497
Fax: (732) 235-4277
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
New Jersey Department of Health