Zone 1 Happenings

Zone 1 | Jill McCarney

Zone 1 had its final meeting on School Nurses Day with a joint celebration dinner with Zone 2, sponsored by School Health. Our EISN Winner for 2018 is Victoria Alssid from the Wantagh School District. Victoria was also inducted as our new President. The BOD will be meeting over the summer to plan next year’s meetings. Please contact Jill McCarney,RN at with any questions or regarding information how to join our Zone, the Nassau County Association of School Nurses.


Officers of Zone 1 at the 2018 School Nurse Day celebration with EISN award winner, Victoria Alssid

Please contact Jill McCarney, RN, Zone 1 Representative, with any questions, at or  516-627-0184.

Jill McCarney, RN
Zone 1 Representative

Zone 2 Happenings

Zone 2 | Joan Verardo

2018 Excellence in School Nursing Award

Zone 2 President, Paula Saltzman (R), presented the EISN award
to Claire McCarthy (L), high school nurse of the William Floyd School District.



Joan Verardo, BS, RN, NCSN
Zone 2 Representative

Zone 3 Happenings

Zone 3 | Mary Archer and Patricia Hartman

Thank you to all nurses who attended our annual School Nurse Day Dinner on May 9th. We all had a great time meeting new nurses, eating great food and fun with our raffles.










The National Meningitis Association ( is hosting a panel discussion Why Vaccination at 16 Matters, on Monday, June 11, 4:30 p.m. EDT at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. We believe you and your colleagues will be interested in attending.

Despite routine recommendations from the CDC for vaccinations at age 16, coverage rates for these vaccines are unacceptably low. The CDC’s “16-year-old Immunization Platform” can be a tool for healthcare professionals to serve as strong advocates for vaccination and help fill the gaps in adolescent immunization rates.

This expert panel discussion will dive into the medical rationale for the vaccines recommended at age 16, including unique and elevated risk of vaccine-preventable disease, the barriers to vaccinations at an age where visits to the doctor aren’t routine, the ethics in reaching out directly to adolescents to ensure visits to the doctor at age 16, transitioning adolescents into adulthood and empowering them to manage their healthcare needs, and insurance coverage gaps (with a focus on the meningococcal serogroup B vaccine).

Expert panelists include:

  • Paul Offit, MD, Director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Jason Schwartz, PhD, Assistant Professor of Public Health, Yale School of Public Health
  • Amy Middleman, MD, MSEd, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma School of Medicine
  • Patsy Stinchfield, RN, MS, CPNP, CIC, Senior Director of Infection Prevention and Control and Children’s Immunization Project, Children’s Minnesota

Please contact Jorge Gaeta at / 212-886-2253 if you, or any colleagues, are interested in joining us or if you’d like more information.

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Mary Archer, MSN, RN
Patricia Hartman, BSN,RN
Zone 3 Representatives

Zone 4 Happenings

Zone 4 | Mary Beth Guyett


Zone 4 Nurses in the News:
Congratulations to Carol Bumbolow, honored as a 2018 Nurse of the Year in the 40th Senate District.


Congratulations to Mary Ann Castro,
Zone 4 Excellence in School Nursing award winner!

Mary Beth Guyett, Zone 4 Representative,
with Mary Ann Castro, Zone 4’s 2018 EISN award winner.


Immunizations Flyer:
A valuable resource for you to help families obtain immunizations has been provided by the Westchester County Health Department. Please download these brochures which are provided in both English and Spanish.


Westchester County has formed a Concussion Task Force. This task force consists of members from the county Mental Health Department, DOH, PMD, a School Medical Director, a School Nurse, and an Athletic Trainer, and meets quarterly. Mary Beth Guyett, BSN, RN, is the School Nurse representative for Westchester.

Mary Beth Guyett, BSN, RN, NCSN
Zone 4 Representative

Zone 5 Happenings

Zone 5 | Joanne Bardin

Zone 5 Breakfast Meeting
Saturday, February 24, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Hampton Inn & Suites
1 Crossroads Court
Newburgh, NY

Our guest speaker is Margo Singer from the Brain Injury Association of NYS presenting the program “Understanding Brain Injury and Prevention for School Nurses.” There will be a representative from Fidelis Care also.

The cost is $15. A full buffet breakfast will be provided. There will be several door prizes, 50/50 for NASN endowment fund, and raffles. Bring business cards for information exchange.

Tentative Agenda
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, Networking
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Zone 5 Business Meeting
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Representative from Fidelis Care 9
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Guest Speaker Margo Singer, CBIS

Raffle drawings afterwards – must be present to win.
Attendance certificates will be handed out.

There is limited seating so sign up early. Please send check made out to NYSASN Zone 5 to Tammy Sullivan, 8 Brae Mar Road, Scotchtown, NY, 10941, no later than February 16th for accurate attendance numbers for hotel.

Download flyer with complete event information here.

Please share this information with all your district’s school nurses. This is open to all school nurses. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Any questions feel free to contact Joanne Bardin, Zone 5 Representative.


For more information or suggestions of topics that you would like to have addressed, please contact the zone rep.

Joanne Bardin, MSN, RN, AE-C
Zone 5 Representative

Zone 6 Happenings

Zone 6 | Debra Meerdink

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Zone 6 will host a free event in Saratoga Springs on sepsis awareness. 

Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and potentially life-threatening reaction to an infection. Contrary to common belief, 80-90% of sepsis cases originate in the community, not in the hospital. Just 55% of Americans have heard of sepsis and in its early stages, it often goes undiagnosed by healthcare professionals. Without prompt medical attention sepsis can quickly progress to septic shock and even death therefor, educating the public on recognizing the early signs of sepsis can ultimately save lives. The  IPRO Community Based Sepsis Awareness initiative utilizes best practice protocols and works with key stakeholders such as the Rory Staunton Foundation and Sepsis Alliance to educate prehospital healthcare providers, such as school nurses and caregivers  on the recognition of sepsis and efficient referral to the next level of care.

Please download the event flyer here, and share with the nurses in your district.


Debra Meerdink, BSN, RN
Zone 6 Representative

Zone 7 Happenings

Zone 7 | Melanye Rockwell, RN

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For information on Zone 7 meetings and events, please contact Melanye Rockwell, Zone 7 Representative.

Melanie Rockwell, RN
Zone 7 Representative


Zone 8 Happenings

Zone 8   Interested in being the Zone 8 Representative? Encourage networking among School Nurse colleagues in your area while developing leadership skills with the support of our NYSASN Board. For more information, please contact NYSASN President, Mary Fitzpatrick, at

Zone 9 Happenings

Zone 9 | Mary Mills

Zone 9 Meeting /National School Nurse Day

May 9, 2018  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Indian River Central High School, Room 144
Speaker: Dr. Cappon, School Medical Director for Sackets Harbor and South Jefferson School districts

RSVP by 5/7/18: or call 315-642-0125

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Zone 9 Honors Retiring School Nurses

Rita Saidel of Gouverneur CSD

Theresa Leeson of Indian River CSD (pictured with Olga Jeanne Dolly)



Watch the NYSASN website for other Zone 9 events. For more information or suggestions of topics that you would like to have addressed, please contact Mary C. Mills, RN, Zone 9 Representative.

Mary C. Mills, RN
Zone 9 Representative

Zone 10 Happenings

Zone 10 | Roseann Gardinier

Congratulations to Sharon Botsford,
Zone 10 Excellence in School Nursing award winner.

Zone 10 officers for the 2017-2018 school year:
President: Jamie Cooney RN
Vice President: Dawn Franits RN
Secretary: Celine Beers RN
Treasurer: Laura Cook RN

We are excited for your contributions and look forward to the amazing workshops that will be offered in the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.


Roseann Gardinier, RN
Zone 10 Representative


Zone 11 Happenings

Zone 11 | Cindy Ceracche

Congratulations to Cindy Ceracche,
Zone 11 Excellence in School Nursing award winner!


Watch the NYSASN website for upcoming Zone 11 events. For more information or suggestions of topics that you would like to have addressed, please contact the zone rep.

Cindy Ceracche, AAS, RN
Zone 11 Representative


Zone 12 Happenings

Zone 12 | Kanika Moxley and Lynn Muth


For information contact your Zone 12 Co-Representatives, Kanika Moxley and Lynne Muth.

Kanika Moxley MSN, RN
Lynne Muth BSN, RN
Zone 12 Co-Representatives


Zone 13 Happenings

Zone 13 | Lynn Alexander

Laurent Grant, a graduating senior from Starpoint Central School District,
has been awarded a scholarship by Zone 13 at its Annual Banquet, May 21, 2018.
Lauren will attend St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, as a nursing major.

Pictured, L to R:
Linda Grant, Lauren’s mother; scholarship winner Lauren Grant; Elaine Herberger, scholarship chair;
Michelle Zagarrio, president of WNY school nurses, and Lynn Alexander, Zone 13 representative.


Zone 13 Meetings take place at Hillview Elementary, 11 Pleasant View Drive, Lancaster, NY.

Lynn Alexander RN, BSN, NCSN
Zone 13 Representative

Zone 14 Happenings

Zone 14 | Jill Kenney

For information about Zone 14 activities, contact:

Jill A. Kenney, RN
Zone 14 Representative