New Jersey State School Nurses Association Community Blog

Mary Blackborow refers to herself as a worker bee, I call her a school health thought leader.  Mary is a pragmatic problem solver with a brilliant mind for simplifying the most complex issues. She has the mind of an engineer with the heart of a nurse. Mary's logical thinking and compassionate care served her NJ high school students well for 18 years. She is a student advocate and champion for social justice. Advocacy is listed as the first characteristic under the Leadership principal of NASN's Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice.  Mary's advocacy needs to be celebrated and duplicated, she serves as an example for all of us. She recognized ...
The following announcement is posted on behalf of Lorraine Borek, MSN,MEd, RN, CSN-NJ President NJSSNA ************************************************* Dear NJSSNA members, Here is the news you have been patiently waiting for! The document Promoting Health and Learning: School Nursing Practice in New Jersey’s Public Schools (formerly known as the guidelines) is complete.  This is a culmination of years of work that addresses the standards of nursing practice in New Jersey as reflected in code. It was written by school nurses for school nurses. The NJSSNA will seek to educate stakeholders about the new document, and will provide quality, cost-effective ...
School nurses have been asked to tell their stories for the 50th Anniversary of NASN. One of our own NJSSNA members has become a voice to be reckoned with. Robin Cogan  MEd, RN, NCSN, is a School Nurse in the Camden City School District, Camden, NJ; and Adjunct Faculty, at Rutgers University School of Nursing, Camden, NJ. She uses this voice in her own weekly blog, "The Relentless School Nurse. (This can be found on the NASN School Nurse Net blog page . )" Recently this article entitled, Why I Became a School Nurse Activist , was featured in NURSING ECONOMIC$/March-April 2018/Vol. 36/No.2. Robin tells a powerful story about her life and what has motivated ...
Dear Colleagues, I apologize for the delay in getting this update out to you.   Just days before the Senate hearing, Governor Christie announced appointments to fill the vacant positions at the Board of Nursing. The problems go beyond vacancies on the  board.  Long standing problems that have spiraled out of control include a chronic lack of professional staff which has far reaching consequences.  One example included the report that nursing programs that should have been closed due to a high failure rate on the licensing exam remain open because of the lack of a full time director of education.    Testimony lasted all day and the committee ...
Dear Colleagues, We often talk about giving a voice to our practice.  Each of us is presented with opportunities to use our voice, and sometimes telling the story about the impact we have in the lives of our students and the community where we work makes all the difference.  However, sometimes that is not enough.  We often have to go the extra mile and actively advocate for our profession. On October 5, Judy Woop, Executive Director of NJSSNA and I will be using our voices to testify before the State Senate Legislative Oversight Committee on the current state of affairs at the Board of Nursing (BON), which is currently facing many challenges.  The executive ...
Everybody loves a good story! School nurses have an abundance of stories stemming from daily work and community volunteer experiences.  These stories cover all genres; drama, comedy, and dare I say… thriller- just to name a few. At the NASN Conference 2017 the opening keynote speaker, a PROFESSIONAL STORYTELLER (yes, he is paid for telling stories), Luis Ortega , engaged conference participants with a story. The take-away message Ortega bestowed is, “…story-telling and story-listening can evoke empathy, build more inclusive environments, and close gaps of inequity in our communities.”   The theme of communication was launched during the Pre-Conference Affiliate ...
Dear colleagues, On June 20, 2017 at the NJSSNA executive board meeting Anna Tupe handed me the gavel and I opened my first meeting as president.  Many members may not know much about me so I would like to take the opportunity to share a little about who I am and my experience.  I have been in nursing over 40 years.  In my past nursing life, I worked med/surg, ICU but most of my experience came from working in the Emergency room at St. John’s Hospital in Yonkers, NY.  The story of how I ended up in the Garden State is for a different time.  In 1999, I made the transition into school nursing.  My first position was as a long-term sub, which eventually turned ...
Get ready for NASN 2018 in Baltimore MD
Greetings to all my fellow school nurses.  I am sure you are as busy as I am setting up your office: Checking immunizations; writing ECPs; providing education to your epinephrine autoinjector and glucagon delegates; the list goes on.  So many tasks, it is often over whelming.  But as J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring , states “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”  So, I often have to remind myself to take a breath, decide what needs to be done at this moment, knowing tomorrow is another day.  And year after year, as October approaches, everything falls into place and calm is restored    …just in time for the NJSSNA Fall ...
     As the NASN Director for NJ, I attended the Board of Director's Meeting in Indianapolis prior to the start of the the NASN Annual Conference.   It consisted of important discussion and training on social determinants of health and how school nurses can mitigate negative influences; dialogue on strategic planning to meet the goals of the organization; responsibilities of board members for governance and ethics.  During the meetings, the definition of "school nursing" was revised and three position documents were approved (1) Concussions - The Role of the School Nurse (2) Education, Licensure and Certification of School Nurses and (3) The Role of the 21 Century ...
Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year! On behalf of the New Jersey State School Nurses Association, I would like to welcome you to our new website and encourage you to “browse” the pages of information and resources that are available to you. NJSSNA Announcements including legislative updates and registration information for our Spring Conference scheduled for April 9 are prominently displayed on the home page. Additional links to NASN Announcements and the NJSSNA Discussion list on SchoolNurseNet provide easy access. Be sure to check out the County Association pages for news about your county. We are YOUR State Association