President’s Message

Now that school is underway and care plans and staff education has been accomplished, we are continuing with immunizations! But let’s look around us at the other things we need to remember.

September is Sepsis Awareness Month. Remember the signs of sepsis. Inform parents and teach your students and staff the appropriate response to abrasions.

October is a busy month:

  • It is National Bullying Prevention Month. NYS is a leader with the Dignity Act. Be part of your school’s response to address bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, and discrimination.

  • Additionally it is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. On 9/15/15, Gov. Cuomo signed Law S7096 requiring the state Education Department to make recommendations to the Board of Regents to require high schools to train students in CPR and the use of automated defibrillators.
  • Also, it is important to remember that October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month.   As noted by the National Down Syndrome Society, it is a time to celebrate abilities, not disabilities.

School Nurses are the health care professionals who can make a difference.

Have a great fall,


Janice McPhee MSN, RN, NCSN

President, NYSASN