Nurses in the News

December 3, 2016

The Saranac Central School District Campership Fund sends medically challenged students to specific camps that target their needs. The goal is to send one or two students to camp each summer. Each year, the school nurses in the Saranac CSD hold fundraising events for the “Campership Fund.” For the past two years, the school nurses have joined with the girls’ volleyball teams to host a volleyball tournament. This year’s tournament was held on September 17th. Pictured here is Mikayla Taylor, a tenth grader at Saranac High School. Mikayla was one of the first Campership Fund scholarship winners. Pictured with her is Beth Besaw, School Nurse at the high school. Behind them is an inflatable kayak that was raffled off at the tournament. More fund raisers will be scheduled throughout the year. Thank you to all who donated in some way!

September 20, 2016

Congratulations to our current Past President, Janice McPhee, MSN, RN, NCSN, on being recognized by the March of Dimes as Nurse of the Year. Twelve nurses from specialties were chosen to receive this award at the gala which took place in Rochester. Thank you, Janice, for your contribution to the health and safety of the children of New York and to our professional organization, NYSASN.

May 25, 2016

Zone 13 is proud to announce Michelle Zaggario as our EISN winner.  Michelle is currently the school nurse at the William Street School, part of the Lancaster School District servicing grades 4, 5 and 6. She is completing her sixth year at this school, and was a substitute nurse for three years prior to that in the Lancaster District. Michelle not only serves her school population with professional expertise, but has been an active member of the Western New York School Nurses Association (WNYASN/Zone 13), and the New York State Association of School Nurses, for nine years.  She has been programs chair for WNYASN the past two years. In that role she is responsible for coordinating in-service speakers pertinent to school nursing for our monthly meetings. She has done a remarkable job of bringing excellent and interesting speakers, and will continue doing so for another year. Michelle also has been on the WNYASN scholarship committee for the past four years.

May 25, 2016

Zone 13 gives $1000.00 to a graduating senior attending a NYS BSN program each spring. This year our scholarship committee is proud to give assistance to Emily Eich who will be attending Niagara University. She is graduating from Immaculata Academy. Emily is pictured here with her mother, Marianne, and our scholarship committee. Pictured left to right are Maria Feneziani, Treasurer; Elaine Herberger, Zone 13 Representative; Kelly Santoro, Secretary; Emily Eich, Marianne Eich, WNYASN member and Emily’s mother; Heather Holton, WNYASN member; and Jennifer Brooks, Zone 13 President.

Zone 13 Scholarship Winner

May 16, 2016

Zone 3 Celebrates their Excellence in School Nursing Award Winner, Stacey Marye (L) and Excellence in School Nursing Administrator of the Year Award Winner, Cathy Travers (R). Pictured here with Zone 3 Representative, Mary Fitzpatrick.



Mary Fitzpatrick and Stacey Marye
Mary Fitzpatrick and Cathy Travers

April 16, 2016

Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Fellows, Shirley Podkulski, Janice McPhee, and Erin Pezzulo organized a Social Media Safety Night for family members within the Ballston Spa Central School District. Families enjoyed a free dinner, babysitting, and a presentation on social media and internet safety. John Kelly from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children spoke to over 200 family members.

Pictured at right are BSCSD nurses with J&J SHLP coach, Elizabeth Amaya-Fernandez, Senior Program Coordinator, Community Outreach Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University.

Ballston Spa Social Media Safety Event

February 24, 2016

Zone 13 nurses raised $415  to provide gift cards for gas and groceries to the local Family Justice Center. The Family Justice Center of Western New York provides services to women escaping domestic violence.

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