CSNO's School Nurse Academy Fall Cohort- August 6, 2022
 The next cohort for CSNO’s School Academy will launch Saturday, August 6, 2022 from 9-3. The School Nurse Academy was designed by school nurses for school nurses. The CSNO School Nurse Academy is facilitated by experienced school nurse leaders who serve or served on the CSNO State Board. The Academy features a hybrid learning experience. One and a half modules will be conducted via Zoom; the remaining modules to be studied online. 
Zoom portions include "The 21st Century Framework for School Nursing and the Role of the School Nurse" which will take place on Saturday, August 6, 2022 from 9-3pmThe Vision Screening Training will be held on Zoom on August 27 from 8-12:30pm.
Online learning modules include Physical assessment of school aged students in educational settings  Legal Aspects; MTSS and the continuum of SST to IEP; Emergency Response and Safe Schools; Communicable Diseases; Immunizations; Population Health and Community Health; School Nurse Image; and School Health Financing. The modules include interactive activities that allow for self-paced course work.
School Nurse Academy attendees automatically become CSNO members since organizational support is critical to school nurse success. CSNO is pleased to offer 60 continuing education contact hour through the California Board of Registered Nursing. The California School Nurses Organization is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing CEP #04269.  We regret that once registered, no cancellations or refunds may be made, however substitutions are welcome.


73rd Annual Conference Call for Presenters

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CSNO Conference Experience Feedback

Dear CSNO member,

      Your feedback is important. CSNO makes every effort to create optimal professional learning State conferences based upon member feedback. Prior to COVID, CSNO conference attendance was 635 (Anaheim) and 545 (Monterey), respectively.  Long time ago, we would rotate sections for conference locations, however CSNO has simply 'outgrown' some marketplaces because of the size.  While convention centers can be used (like in Riverside) most of them are pricy and minimally cost $15,000-$20,000 just to unlock the door. As a result, conferences now rotate between Northern and Southern California, depending on location availability and pricing. In collaboration with Meetingwise our conference planner,  CSNO selects conference sites 2-5 years in advance. Given we are looking ahead to our 75th anniversary, we have some decisions to make. Many professional organizations have dropped amenities (food and beverages) to save costs. CSNO would like your input on these decisions.  Please take a few minutes to complete this survey.  Data will be aggregated and shared with the Conference planning committee. Thank you for your time.


 The Bridge Between Healthcare and Education, School Nurses Help Students Be Healthy and Ready to Learn!

 Beyond bandaging knees or handing out ice packs, the Redwood City School District (RCSD) nursing team supports student learning and academic progress in a truly holistic way which removes barriers to healthcare access and encourages a healthful school culture.

“When a student comes into our office it’s not just to fix them and send them back to class,” said Phoebe Reid-Chambers, a School Nurse with RCSD for more than a decade. “We look at the whole scope of things.”

Student access to healthcare helps engage students in the educational process, and the RCSD nursing team makes sure that students receive the care they need to be both healthy and academically successful. 

“We have to make sure that students are healthy and ready to learn,” she said. “We have to assess the student from all aspects.” 

Providing access to healthcare services for students depends on each individual student. This could mean discovering that a child’s stomach ache isn’t from illness but rather hunger or anxiety. Or finding that a headache is from a vision issue.

Nurses screen students for various health conditions and refer to appropriate healthcare providers as needed, including physicians, counselors, or psychologists. Care is coordinated with communication between the families, health care providers, and school site so that students have continuity of healthcare.

“Many times the school nurse is the first healthcare provider a student has access to,”  Reid-Chambers said. “The school nurse may be the first person to address a health issue.”

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State of Student Wellness

State of Student Mental Wellness Report 2022

American Academy of Pediatrics
The Link Between School Attendance and Good Health, January 2019 Policy Statement
Attendance & Health

American Academy of Pediatrics
Role of the School Nurse in Providing School Health Services May 2016 Policy Statement
Policy Statement
AAP Policy Statement on Off-Label Medication Use
The American Academy of Pediatrics has a position statement on the use of off-label medication use with children. The purpose of off-label use is to benefit the individual patient. Practitioners use their professional judgment to determine these uses. As such, the term “off-label” does not imply an improper, illegal, contraindicated, or investigational use. Therapeutic decision-making must always rely on the best available evidence and the importance of the benefit for the individual patient.
Off label AAP Position Statement

A Day in the Life of a School Nurse
​Inside California Education is a public television series that explores the challenges, issues and stories of public education.  Recently the station highlighted school nursing.  Please feel free to share with your school communities.
Day in the life of a School Nurse