All scheduled Zone Happenings are currently on hold until we receive the all clear from the NYSDOH to resume public gatherings.

Zone 1 Happenings

Zone 1 | Jill McCarney
Nassau County

Zone 1’s 2020 EISN Award Winner: Daryle Seid Abeshouse, BSN, RN, East Meadow School District


Zone 1 had its final meeting on March 4th, with speakers from the Juvenile Diabetes Association. Our End-of-Year Event will be a celebration of School Nurses Day, May 13th at Domenico’s restaurant in Levittown.  A brief re-cap of the year, Installation of our new Board of Directors, raffles, and of course a delicious meal are planned.

For more information, please contact :
Jill McCarney, Zone 1 Rep
516-526-4484(c)  516-627-6061(h)
zone1@nysasn.org


Jill McCarney, RN
Zone 1 Representative
zone1@nysasn.org

Zone 2 Happenings

Zone 2 | Gerri Plechner
Suffolk County

SCASN’s April 22nd general membership meeting was cancelled due to NY PAUSE. However, the board will be hosting an online Zoom Meeting on May 6th, School Nurses Day. Keep an eye out for an invitation email from scasnzone2@gmail.com. The general meeting agenda will include voting for President-Elect and Treasurer positions. 


Gerri Plechner, MS Ed., BSN, RN
Zone 2 Representative
zone2@nysasn.org.

Zone 3 Happenings

Zone 3 | Patricia Hartman and Ponzella Johnson
Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond Counties

Congratulations to Gail Adman, BSN, RN, MPH, Zone 3 recipient of the 2019 Excellence in School Nursing Award.


Patricia Hartman, RN
Ponzella Johnson, RN
Zone 3 Co-Representatives
zone3@nysasn.org

 

 

Zone 4 Happenings

Zone 4 | Cynthia Scinto
Putnam and Westchester Counties


Cynthia Scinto, BSN, RN
Zone 4 Representative
zone4@nysasn.org

Zone 5 Happenings

Zone 5 | 
Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster Counties

Interested in being the Zone 6 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, Lou Ann Gleason, at president@nysasn.org.

Zone 6 Happenings

Zone 6 | 
Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties

Interested in being the Zone 6 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, Lou Ann Gleason, at president@nysasn.org.

Zone 7 Happenings

Zone 7 | Betsy Williams
Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Rensselear, and Schoharie Counties


Sherrill Becker, RN, was given Zone 7’s 2019 award for Excellence in School Nursing. This was Nurse Becker’s final year of her 31-year career as a school nurse. In Principal Robert Rhinehart’s nomination essay, he described her as “the personification of the terms ‘compassionate’, ‘joyful’ and ‘professional’.”  Sherry joined Downsville Central School in 1988 as both the school nurse and attendance officer and she has faithfully served the school community ever since. The entire school community trusts her judgement, her confidentiality and her love of all people. Sherry will be beginning a much-deserved retirement at the conclusion of this school year. She will be leaving a legacy of love and kindness that sets an example of how we should treat each other every day.”


Betsy Williams, AAS, RN
Zone 7 Representative
zone7@nysasn.org

Zone 8 Happenings

Zone 8    
Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties

 

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, Lou Ann Gleason, at president@nysasn.org.

Zone 9 Happenings

Zone 9 |
Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties

Interested in being the Zone 9 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, Lou Ann Gleason, at president@nysasn.org.


 

Zone 10 Happenings

Zone 10 | Janel Kondakoff
Cayuga, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties


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


Janel Kondakoff 
Zone 10 Representative (Interim)
zone10@nysasn.org

 

 

Zone 11 Happenings

Zone 11 | Annette Cobb
Broome, Cortland, Chemung, Chenango, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties

 


Congratulations to Kim Holden, RN, NP

Zone 11 2019 Excellence in School Nursing award winner!

 

Southern Zone 11 retirees were honored at the School Nurses Day dinner

on May 8th at the Little Venice Restaurant in Binghamton, New York.

Pictured, L to R: Joanne Stanley, Cindy Ceracche, Diane Silvers and Debby Dvorsky


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.

Annette Cobb
Zone 11 Representative
zone11@nysasn.org

 

Zone 12 Happenings

Zone 12 | Diane Houseknecht and Lynn Muth  
Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates Counties

As co-reps, Lynne and I continue to reach out to our colleagues to try and increase our membership. We promote the organization’s mission and all that NYSASN offers school nurses.

Our spring meeting date and location will be announced when finalized.

Lynne has been busy with planning the Fall 2020 conference which will be held November 6-7, 2020, in Batavia, New York, at the Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel. Lynne and I are looking for any members in Zone 12 that would be interested in being on the conference committee.                                                                                                   

Respectfully submitted,
Diane Houseknecht, RN


Diane Houseknecht, RN
Lynne Muth BSN, RN
Zone 12 Co-Representatives
zone12@nysasn.org  

Zone 13 Happenings

Zone 13 | Barbara Baer
Erie and Niagara Counties

News from Zone 13

Here in Zone 13, we are all struggling to adapt to working from home, doing on-line meetings, missing our students and co-workers…just like everybody else! As it gets closer to the end of the school year, we are starting to face the fact that we are probably not going to see our graduates again, whether we are in elementary, intermediate, middle or high school. As we try to plan for restarting school, whenever it may be, we hope to learn from each other across the state. Stay well everybody!


Our presentation at the January meeting was “Assisting Students Who Struggle with Anxiety.” We all took away some new strategies for helping our students.

On April 21st we will have a presentation from Dr. DeLuke about airway orthodontics.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Barb Baer at bbaer@sweethomeschools.org.


Barbara Baer, BSN, RN
Zone 13 Representative
zone13@nysasn.org

Zone 14 Happenings

Zone 14 | Jill Kenney
Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chataqua Counties

Zone 14 (FWNYSNN) had their Fall Meeting on 11/16/19 at Moonwinks Restaurant in Cuba, New York.

The keynote speaker was Pam Kirkwood, attorney for Cattaraugus Allegheny BOCES. She spoke on topics of vaping, 504/IEP, 9/11 remembrance, penal law 265 on weapons, student voters, child victim act, anaphylaxis, immunization law, sexual harassment, extreme risk-red flag law, child sex abuse curriculum, mental health education and training, concussions and substance use.

Lauretta Gill of NY State of Health spoke to us about the availability of health insurance to any of our families. She is the navigator for Allegheny County. Kathy M provided information she picked up at the recent seminar in Corning on asthma and mental health.

Controlled substance medications were discussed—the class E felony if given to teachers to give to students to take on a field trip, teachers refusing to take medications, and designees but not a school employee. New York State Association of School Nurses and the National Association of School Nurses have combined, and dues will be $160 annually. Discussion about a school nurse union forming. All nurses should encourage other school nurses to join and attend, there are many new nurses. A Christmas party and the May meeting were discussed. Email Jill Kenney with Ideas at jkenney@pval.org


Zone 14 2019 EISN Award

Jill Kenney has been a registered nurse for 30 years. She has worked at Pine Valley Central School District in Chataqua County for 19 years. She worked in the elementary school for three years part-time covering the health office while her co-worker taught health classes. She then moved to the jr./sr. high school (7th-12th grades) and has been there full time for 16 years. She has been happily married to her high school sweetheart, James M. Kenney, for 31 years. They have two beautiful children, Richard and Monica. She lives in her district and graduated high school from her district. It was Jill’s dream to be a school nurse and her husband supported her in that dream. Jill has belonged to NYSASN and NSASN since 2000.

School Principal Joshua Tedone nominated Jill Kenney for the EISN award. He stated, “Mrs. Kenney performs her duties resourcefully on a day-to-day basis. Her dedication to her job and the care of our students has always been handled with professionalism. Jill is a calm person by nature and can work in a high stress environment without becoming unnerved. This has been tested several times with incidents at the school. Nurse Kenney is also dependable because of her excellent attendance record. Jill demonstrates a high level of commitment to her job. Jill has experience working with the elementary and high school students.”

For information about Zone 14 activities, contact Jill A. Kenney, Zone 14 Representative.


Jill A. Kenney, RN
Zone 14 Representative
zone14@nysasn.org