Fall 2012 Letter from the NEOASN President
Dear School Nurse Colleagues,
As we begin our 2012-2013 school year, my sincere wish is that while we take care of the children and staff in our schools, we also take time to care for ourselves. Part of this care involves becoming active in our professional organizations such as NEOASN and OASN.
This past year, we all have witnessed the sweeping changes and challenges in education. We have seen staff cuts, as our students have become more needy. As school nurses, we are powerful role models for our students, staff and community. Now, more than ever, we must let our school administrators and community leaders know the importance of what we do to keep our children safe and healthy at school.
I have worked in many areas of nursing since my graduation in 1975. My work in various hospitals and in public health has helped prepare me for my role as a school nurse. Since becoming a school nurse in 1994, I have been a member of NEOASN, OASN and NASN. Through these wonderful professional organizations, I have found inspiration, guidance and friendship with other school nurses. I urge you to become a part of NEOASN and our state and national organizations. We have a wealth of knowledge to share with each other!
A special thank you to our dedicated board members: Lisa Mason ,Past President; Kim Stanislo, President Elect; Lori Hogue, Vice President; Dawn Delmoro, Membership & Programs; Shelly Mountjoy, Secretary; Laurie Celik, Treasurer; Pat Forrai-Gunter, OASN Representative; Susan Inscore, Newsletter; Chrissy Killey, PR. Our board has worked tirelessly throughout this summer to plan programs. NEOASN serves multiple counties in northeast Ohio. Our goal is to provide you with enriching programs, rotating our sites throughout our 16 county area, while maintaining a central geographic focus so that we can reach as many members as possible.
Our fall program is scheduled for Saturday, October 27, 2012 in Medina, at The University of Akron, Medina County University Center. In conjunction with Cleveland Metropolitan Hospital’s Psychiatric Department, we will be presenting “Dealing With Mental Health Issues & Substance Abuse in Schools; Unlock What is Going On Inside Their Heads.” This program will provide you with 2.0 CEU’s and networking opportunities with nurses from throughout northeast Ohio. Registration Information
Please “care” for yourself, be proud of your role as a school nurse and join with us by becoming a member of NEOASN.
Maureen Barrett RN, BSN, MEd, NCSN
Membership Application for 2012 -2013 (due Oct. 31, 2012)