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NASN Annual Conference

June 28-July 1st 2014, San Antonio TX

NASN Director’s Report
Mary Blackborow

Approximately 1200 school nurses from across the nation and throughout the world descended on San Antonio, Texas from June 28 to July 1. We were challenged to,

” Come for the Education, Stay for the Motivation, Leave with the Inspiration”.

      Keynote speaker, Beverley Bradley provided us with the data to link the health risk behaviors with academic achievement and made the case for interagency cooperation between healthcare, public health and education agencies as these are inseparable. John Kriger challenged us to take risks when presenting to colleagues and peers and identified strategies to improve engagement and retention.
    Other presentations, focused on school nursing and the environment which was an eye opening experience.  Poetry, humor and stories rounded out the experience that rejuvenated us and showed us how we inspire many children.
    Our excellence in school nursing candidate was honored by the National Association of School Nurses during and award ceremony and was supported by  many of the NJ members who attended the conference.
During the business meeting, NJ noted that we have the longest running rodeo show in the US in “Cowtown”, Pilesgrove NJ and  presented 15 delegates and 1 honorary member.
NASN discussed their strategic plan and plans to grow membership to 20,017  by 2017. The  programs varied this year with a combination of 2 hour workshops and 1 1/4 hour sessions.   These programs focused on practice issues, research, communication, collaboration with partners and funding and countless other topics.
    In addition to the programs, there were vendors, demonstration areas with products and poster presentations that contributed to enriching the experience.
Healthy school nurses walked at 6am and saw some of the sights. We also learned how to tweet at #NASN2014.
    This was an amazing experience. We met new friends and made new connections with NJ school nurses and others across the nation.
    A large contingent of the NJ school nurses attended the endowment event at the Knibbe Ranch which featured barbeque, country music, hay ride and the chance to mount a long horn steer.
   We also got together for an affiliate night out along the Riverwalk and shared stories about the conference.
   Make sure that you don’t miss next year’s conference and let the voice of NJ school nurses ring loud and clear in Philadelphia!!






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Sharon Conley, Director of Information Technology

National Association of School Nurses

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