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  • NJSSNA Conference Update

    The NJSSNA Fall Conference has been scheduled for October 22, 2016 at Cumberland County College. The Spring conference has also been scheduled for March 25, 2017, to be held at the Woodbridge Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center, in Islen. Hope to see you there. Save the dates!

  • NJDOE Provides Information on Medical Marijuana Administration in Schools

    NJDOE broadcast memo dated May 24, 2016 alerts " officials of new requirements to develop policies concerning the use and administration of medical marijuana in schools. To further support students attending school in New Jersey, P.L. 2015, c.158 was recently signed into law, supplementing chapter 40 of Title 18A of the New Jersey statutes and chapter 6D of Title 30 of the Revised Statutes, and amending the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA) (P.L. 2009, c.307)".

  • NJDOE Provides Information for Schools Regarding Opioid Overdose Prevention

    NJDOE broadcast memo dated May 24, 2016 recognizes "Time is of the essence when a drug overdose is occurring." Refer to the link below to read the memo in its entirety.

  • Hunger Doesn't Take A Summer Vacation

    Many students rely on school meals to get the nutrition they need to grow, be healthy and succeed in school. In the summer, these children lack access to those meals and families struggle to put food on the table.

    The federal summer meals program provides a solution to summertime hunger for kids. But last year, just 19 percent of eligible NJ kids received these meals.

    The NJ Food for Thought Campaign and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture are launching a campaign to spread the word to parents about these programs and we need your help. More information and outreach materials, including downloadable flyers, are available. Click on the link below.

  • Step Up & Be Counted

    Over 95% of school aged children (more than 50 million) attend school representing an opportunity to collect true population level data. As collectors of population data, school nurses hold the key to understanding the health of our nation's children. While national experts can only estimate the number of children with chronic health conditions, school nurses are in a position to accurately report every student in their case load with such conditions.
    Collecting data at a national level brings visibility to the needs of students to be healthy and safe at school, and the ways in which school nurses support those needs. Collecting and sharing data provides a powerful platform to describe child health, and the collective impact of school nursing.
    This information can be used within our own state as well, to guide state legislation, policies and practices! NJSSNA is assisting with the data-collection process. It is our hope that every school nurse will participate. This includes those that work in public schools, private/parochial/special-needs schools, and charter school within the state of NJ.
    You can assist NJSSNA in this endeavor by sharing the link below with school nurses who are non-members. There is Power in Data - let's work together to collect data and strengthen our profession for the betterment of our state and nation's children.

  • Celebrate School Nurse Day

    May 11, 2016, Governor Christie has declared "School Nurse Day" proclaiming "... WHEREAS, school nurses focus on prevention and well-being for students and families through education regarding healthy lifestyle choices and management of chronic diseases; and WHEREAS, quality school health services demand school nursing skills and practices based on strong scientific evidence and ongoing education for the health and safety of students; and WHEREAS, the ongoing efforts of our nurses as they support the students of New Jersey should be recognized..."

  • Congratulations to...

    Lillian Farrell, NJSSNA's 2016 recipient of Excellence in School Nursing Award. Ms. Farrell received her BSN from Rutgers University and received her school nurse certification from Seton Hall. In addition, she completed her MS in Health Services and Wellness Promotion; is a certified health education specialist (CHES); certified Intrinsic Coach for Health and a Board Certified Holistic Nurse (HN-BC). She is currently working on a Whole Health Educator Certification. She has been employed in the Sparta School District for the past 17 years and is currently practicing in a middle school serving sixth, seventh and eighth graders. She has extensive experience in health education, counseling, wellness and emergency planning. She was instrumental in helping one school receive a bronze level award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, initiated a Staff Bike Club, wrote and received grants for wellness programs including staff wellness, health education and musical medicine. She also has brought multiple health related education programs to school to raise awareness about heath and wellness topics, collaborated with staff and administration creating a Food Allergy Awareness Day and fundraising walks for chronic medical conditions. Ms. Farrell has received the 2010 Northern NJ/Rockland County Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Diabetes School Nurse of the Year award . She was nominated for the NJ Best Practices and Governor’s Teacher Award for Family Life Program and was interviewed by Medikidz for an epilepsy health education comic book. Ms. Farrell’s effort in promoting healthy eating were highlighted in “Child Obesity: Sharing What Works” published by the Southern Collaborative on Obesity Reduction Efforts. She also participated in a research study with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to track obesity trends in students over a three year period. Her school health program was featured in Family Circle Magazine.

    Ms. Farrell has served on the Sussex County School Nurses Association programming committee, volunteers at a Muscular Dystrophy Camp during the summer and attended trip to Haiti with Nurchers (nurses educators) organization. She has been described as a lifelong learner who seeks knowledge and understanding to help others and improve their quality of life. In doing so, she has improved the school health climate and culture and has truly embraced the paradigm shift from preventing illness to promoting wellness.

  • Recognizing county CSN

    NJSSNA would like to recognize a certified school nurse from each county. County presidents are asked to collaborate with their executive board and nominate a certified school nurse who makes a difference in the life of a child or school community.

  • Legislative Update

    On 1/11/16 unfortunately Governor Christie pocket vetoed S-1501/A-1431, the bill establishing minimal educational requirements for school nurse certification. NJSSNA should be proud that we were successful in getting it passed in both houses – this is quite an accomplishment. It is also a prime example of how NJSSNA members organized and advocated together by contacting legislators on this important school nursing issue.

    NJSSNA believes that these minimal educational requirements are necessary to prepare CSNs to maintain the highest level of quality healthcare for New Jersey students. Assemblywoman Marlene Caride has reintroduced the bill now known as A-1256 and NJSSNA will continue to rally once again to get it passed!

  • NJSSNA Spring Conference

    Walk-ins are welcome to attend.

  • Concussion Information

    Student-Athlete Concussions resources from Rutgers School of Public Health, New Jersey Safe Schools Program.

  • Announcing Two New Programs in Nursing Education at Teachers College Columbia University!

    Dear Colleagues;

    I am personally delighted to announce the opening of two new and exciting online programs in Nursing Education at Teachers College, Columbia University!!

    From the website:

    "Starting in Fall 2015, we are taking applications for the Fall 2016 launch of our two new Nursing Education Programs. They include a program leading to a Doctorate in Education (EdD) and an academic certificate program. Both programs are entirely online to provide maximum flexibility for busy nurse professionals seeking advanced training in Nursing Education."

    Teachers College was the first academic setting to educate nurses. Nursing Education began at Teachers College in 1899. The Nursing Education Program has a long and distinguished tradition of commitment to the education of nurses who have diverse roles in academic and community settings in the United States and abroad. The newly revised curriculum for the EdD in nursing education was designed by a group of nursing education experts. It was approved by the State of New York in 2015 as an online offering.

    Doctor Of Education

    "The newly revised curriculum for the EdD in nursing education was designed by a group of nursing education experts. It was approved by the State of New York in 2015 as an online offering.

    Become an expert and lead change in nursing education

    Nurses interested in pursuing doctoral work have at least three degree options: PhD, DNP, and EdD. The primary focus of PhD programs is to prepare nurses to become scientists who conduct and seek funding for research. The focus of Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is to prepare advanced practice nurses to become independent care providers and is intended to be a parity degree with other health care doctorates such as psychology (PsyD), medicine (MD), and dentistry (DDS) (AACN). The third option, the EdD, is designed for those desiring to be experts and lead change in nursing education as they seek preparation for faculty and/or educator roles. At Teachers College, the EdD in Nursing Education has also included an emphasis on research and scholarly inquiry. "

    Academic Certificate Program

    The mission of the Academic Certificate in Nursing Education is to improve Nursing Education and improve the teaching skills of those nurses who already have doctoral degrees. The goal of the program is to offer doctorally prepared nurses, currently working in, or interested in, nursing education, an opportunity to gain academic preparation in the role of nurse educators. There are currently 1,200 nursing faculty vacancies across the U.S., and this number is expected to climb sharply over the next few years as current aging faculty begin to retire. An Academic Certificate in Nursing Education would not only prepare those seeking to extend or advance their teaching skills, but also lead to better nursing education generally.

    Please note: Endowed scholarships are available for qualified students!!

    To inquire or to apply go to:

    To learn more about federal scholarships & loan forgiveness go to: