WELCOME BACK 2014
President, Kathy Ryan, BSN, MSN, PHN, RN, FNP
Dear School Nurse,
Welcome to a new and exciting school year. I hope you were able to relax, enjoy family and friends, take in some of the many wonderful views and vistas across this great country and find time to recharge….. for your students and another school year. I am looking forward to working with you this year as your CSNO president.
Please visit the website (www.csno.org) for the California School Nurses Organization. CSNO is a group of registered credentialed nurses who work in California private, public and charter schools. Our organization’s mission is to “promote and strengthen its members in their role as the primary health professional within the educational community.” CSNO is here to strengthen our members and to meet their professional needs.
As an organization we continue to evolve and adapt in response to the constantly shifting health care arena and the challenges that school nurses face each day. However, CSNO needs you! We need your ideas. We need your insight. We need actively engaged members to accomplish great things. Each of us is stronger when we are connected. Let’s look to the wisdom of Andrew Carnegie "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."
This year CSNO will be updating our strategic plan. To accomplish this we must first reflect on the past. How are we doing? Have we reached our goals? What do we do well? What do we need to improve upon? And then moving forward, we need to make plans and develop goals to attain. We welcome input from our members, as we begin our strategic planning journey at the fall board meeting in Sacramento, and continue the work during our 65th annual State Conference in Anaheim. The theme that our Southern Section conference committee selected from Walt Disney is fitting…..“If you dream it, you can achieve it.” We need to put Walt’s words to the test, and this is the time.
We have an opportunity to make a real impact in our schools and in the state, and we can accomplish so much more if we all work together. I’m excited to see what we will accomplish over the next few years. I hope that many of you will join us on the adventure. CSNO wants to travel far, with your help, we can achieve it!
Kathy Ryan, BSN, MSN, PHN, RN, FNP
Centers for Disease Control
Ten states including Colorado are asking the CDC for help investigating the high number of respiratory virus cases that is sickening kids. More than 900 children and teenagers across Colorado have been sickened by a mysterious respiratory illness that is putting patients in hospitals' intensive care units for treatment, according to local doctors.
The disease, which is called human enterovirus 68, has not been seen previously in Denver, Dr. Raju Meyappan, who works at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, according to CBS affiliate KCNC-TV.
HLN says doctors believe human enterovirus 68 may be related to a similar strain that causes the common cold.
"What doctor Meyappan is seeing is how quickly this virus becomes life threatening especially in kids with even mild asthma," KCNC-TV said.
HLN reports: "Doctors think a virus related to one of those that causes the common cold is creating the outbreak."
People infected with the virus initially experience cold-like symptoms including fever, sneezing, coughing and body aches -- making it difficult to properly diagnose until more serious symptoms show up like that of teenager Will Cornejo.
"To go from a cold to being probably minutes away from death, that's kind of scary," said Matt Cornejo, the teen's father, who talked with ABC affiliate KMGH-TV.
"He just passed out, had his eyes rolled back in his head," Cornejo's mom told local TV station KRDO-TV.
Although Colorado is one of the states experiencing the most severe outbreaks -- the rest of the U.S. isn't in the clear. Just like the common cold, enterovirus 68 seems to spread easily.
Because viruses are not treatable with antibiotics, doctors have been giving patients steroids and medication to help improve breathing - as respiratory problems seem to be the most threatening symptom. But the majority of the emphasis is being put on prevention.
That includes washing your hands, disinfecting items that are touched often and avoiding touching your face, especially your eyes and nose.
Fortunately, there are no reports of any deaths from this outbreak
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