Nurses in the News

June 25, 2017

A Dynamic Duo Leaves a Legacy Of Support

Gail Wold and Deb Karpowich are 50 percent of the entire team at the New York State Center for School Health (NYSCSH), a contracted resource center for the NYS Education Department and part of the Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Department for Exceptional Children.

On June 29, both will be retiring from the Center to go on to the next chapters in their lives. Together, they have given over three decades worth of service in support of school nurses in New York State.

Through the years, Gail and Deb have answered over 750,000 emails and phone calls. In each case, they provided the answers, resources or connections needed by school nurses across NYS to help children come to, and remain in school — safe, healthy and ready to learn.

Starting with the Center in 1997, Debbie has been the anchor of the team. Her outstanding organizational abilities have kept logistical operations on track and up to date with many technological changes. She is someone who simply “gets it done, and done right.”

Gail has provided expert school nursing guidance to the over 4,000 school nurses from across the state. Her knowledge, experience and calm, southern accent provided many with a lifeline, that they in turn used to support their students and families.

While they will now move on to grandchildren, travel and many fewer phone calls, their numerous accomplishments and professional legacy ensure that the school health needs of NYS students will be met long into the future.

If anyone would like to drop a note to either of them, they can be sent to:

NYS Center for School Health
Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES at Rochester Tech Park
160 Wallace Way, Rochester NY 14624

August 16, 2017

A member of the Board of Directors of NYSASN, Olga Jeanne Dolly MS, FNP-C, SNT, Medical Director of School Health Services, Indian River Central School District, speaks about the implementation of an opioid overdose prevention program in the school district.  Read the full article in the Watertown Daily Times.

May 18, 2017,

Mary Beth Guyett BSN, RN, was honored as one of the 2017 Nurses of the Year for the 40th Senate District (Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties.) The presentation was made by Senator Terrence P. Murphy who established this award. Mary Beth’s commitment to her students, her coordination of health care in the Lakeland Central School District, and her community wellness activities were cited. In addition to her clinical skills and compassion, Mary Beth was noted to devote her energy to her professional organization, NYSASN, as Zone 4 Representative, Zone Coordinator and most recent Chairperson of the 2016 Annual Fall Conference. Her volunteer community activities also contributed to this recognition.

Pictured at right: Laura Define BSN, RN, Senator Terrance Murphy, Mary Beth Guyett BSN, RN, Susan Wolf BSN, RN and Carol Bumbolow MS, BA, RN

Photo courtesy of Peter T. Michaelis


May 2, 2017

The NY One & Only Campaign was pleased to meet many members of the New York State Association of School Nurses (NYSASN) at the 2017 Professional Issues Forum on Health care April 22, 2017 in Latham, NY.  NYSASN President Betsy Williams is featured as a leader who has taken the NY One and Only pledge.


May 1, 2017

The Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network featured ACE volunteer Janice McPhee MSN, RN, NCSN in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Today. “Creating a Latex-Safe School.” Read the article (on page 30) here:

(Image at right: Janice McPhee and student, from Allergy & Asthma Today, Spring Summer 2017 article.)

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.

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