2021 EISN Award Recipients

The November NYSASN Banquet was the setting to honor this year’s 2021 EISN award recipients. Each of the award winners exemplifies qualities that include: care provider, educator, advocate, change agent and manager. Zone colleagues choose the school nurse who demonstrates collaboration, communication, education and leadership within their school community. Congratulations to each of this year’s winners!

Zone 1:
Hildi Dzigas, RN
Wantagh Middle School

Zone 2:
Michele Scalamandre, RN
Selden Middle School

Zone 3:
Ponzella Johnson, BSN, RN
SD5, PS 154

Zone 4:
Maria Reino, RN
West Patent Elementary School

Zone 14:
Katie Pawlak, BSN, RN
Gowanda High School

Zone 1 Happenings

Zone 1 | Jill McCarney
Nassau County


Spring 2022
Zone 1 has been excited to get back to having scheduled meetings. Our first two meetings were hugely successful though via Zoom. Our third and final meeting will also be via Zoom. It will be held in late April and feature a panel from Northwell Health addressing “Playground Injuries.” Please contact  Jill McCarney at zone1@nysasn.org for further details on becoming a member of Zone 1 (Nassau County Association of School Nurses).


Jill McCarney, MA, RN
Zone 1 Representative
zone1@nysasn.org
(516)  267-7520 (work)

Zone 2 Happenings

Zone 2 | Paula Saltzman
Suffolk County


May 2022

NYSASN Members Mary Kanavogel (L) and Joan Verardo (R) attend the 2022 annual symposium on Tick-Borne Diseases presented by The Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. Suffolk County, Long Island has the highest number of diagnosed tick-borne diseases in the country. As a result, they are leaders in research for the continued understanding, treatment and prevention of these diseases. 


August 2021
Zone 2 had a fabulous Nurse’s Day Dinner in a huge tent at Villa Olivetti Ristorante in Saint James. We honored our EISN School Nurse winner, Michele Scalamandre. Michele is amazing, always helping with whatever is needed for Suffolk County Nurses. Well-deserved honor!! We received a Proclamation from Suffolk County declaring May 12, School Nurse’s Day. (We cannot wait for the ruling about having a school nurse in every school building!) Our own Jacki O’Donnell has retired, we are already missing her! Best of luck, Jacki. Thank you for your contribution to SCASN over many years. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement.

We had a Zoom meeting with the NY State Health Department. It was very informational with the discussions around Covid. I know we will all be happy when this is NOT the lead topic of discussion at most of our meetings.

Our New 2021-2 Board for Zone 2 is
President: Cathy Dolan
President Elect: Kristie Maskin
Secretary: Angela O’Leary
Treasurer: Paula Antico
Past President: Kathy DiStefano

Good Luck ladies, thank you for your service to the Suffolk County Association of School Nurses.


Paula Saltzman, BSN, RN
Zone 2 Representative
zone2@nysasn.org.

Zone 3 Happenings

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


March 2022 – Gail Adman, NYC Director of School Nursing, records YouTube video on Covid vaccines


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

Zone 4 Happenings

Zone 4 | Cynthia Scinto
Putnam and Westchester Counties


August 2021
Since last report Zone 4 has held two meetings.  On April 8th, a meeting was held by Zoom to discuss any issues that were on anyone’s mind as we all navigated the challenges of increased numbers of students returning to fulltime in-person instruction, updates to travel advisories, planning of end of year celebrations and proms. March and April saw frequent changes to guidelines on distancing, in person instruction, indoor gatherings, return from travel and members were interested to hear how others in our Zone were planning and coping.

Our second Zoom meeting of the quarter was held on May 12th, School Nurse Day. Because at the time we needed to be planning for a School Nurse Day celebration, indoor gatherings were still considered a somewhat risky venture, we decided to make our EISN award presentation during a Zoom meeting. Maria Reino, of West Patent elementary school in Bedford Hills was recognized for her many contributions to her school and community. Chris Burdick, member of the 93rd district of the New York State assembly, and his assistant, Heather Lackey, joined our Zoom celebration to say a few words and present a proclamation in honor of Ms. Reino. Also shared during our meeting were the proclamations issued from Westchester County Executive, George Latimer, and Putnam County Executive Mary Ellen Odell.


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

Zone 5 Happenings

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


June 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to download the Zone 5 Newsletter.


Constance Griffin, BS, RN, AE-C, NCSN
Zone 5 Representative
zone5@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 Annette Cobb at presidentelect@nysasn.org.

Zone 7 Happenings

Zone 7 | Jeannine Kaskoun
Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Rensselear, and Schoharie Counties


Jeannine Kaskoun
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 Annette Cobb at presidentelect@nysasn.org.

Zone 9 Happenings

Zone 9 | Lou Ann Gleason
Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties


School Nurses’ Day Celebration—Zone 9

NYSASN Zone 9 Nurses celebrated School Nurses’ Day on May 11, 2022 at the Jefferson Lewis BOCES Center in Watertown, New York with a covered dish dinner. We started the evening with a visit from Olivia Patterson from NYS Assemblyman Mark Walczyk’s office. She delivered Assemblyman Walczyk’s Citation Honoring the School Nurses of the New York State Association of School Nurses.

Senator Patty Ritchie sent a Proclamation Honoring Local School Nurses upon the occasion of National School Nurse Day that I delivered and read to the nurses that were present.

Our speaker for the evening was Officer Shane Ryan from the Watertown City Police Department and the Drug Task Force. His presentation was on the Substance Abuse Trends in our area, precautions, and some common signals that may indicate drug use followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

We had a time of sharing over dessert. Jeanne Dolly, SNO Chair, shared information about the upcoming program that will be held at Welch Allyn in August. We also had a discussion about the benefits of membership in your professional organization. It was great to get together for a celebration and some networking. The event was also available by Webex for nurses that could not attend in person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lou Ann Gleason
Zone 9 Representative
zone9@nysasn.org

Zone 9 Happenings

Zone 9 | Lou Ann Gleason
Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties


School Nurses’ Day Celebration—Zone 9

NYSASN Zone 9 Nurses celebrated School Nurses’ Day on May 11, 2022 at the Jefferson Lewis BOCES Center in Watertown, New York with a covered dish dinner. We started the evening with a visit from Olivia Patterson from NYS Assemblyman Mark Walczyk’s office. She delivered Assemblyman Walczyk’s Citation Honoring the School Nurses of the New York State Association of School Nurses.

Senator Patty Ritchie sent a Proclamation Honoring Local School Nurses upon the occasion of National School Nurse Day that I delivered and read to the nurses that were present.

Our speaker for the evening was Officer Shane Ryan from the Watertown City Police Department and the Drug Task Force. His presentation was on the Substance Abuse Trends in our area, precautions, and some common signals that may indicate drug use followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

We had a time of sharing over dessert. Jeanne Dolly, SNO Chair, shared information about the upcoming program that will be held at Welch Allyn in August. We also had a discussion about the benefits of membership in your professional organization. It was great to get together for a celebration and some networking. The event was also available by Webex for nurses that could not attend in person.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lou Ann Gleason
Zone 9 Representative
zone9@nysasn.org

Zone 10 Happenings

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


Spring 2022
Hello all happy spring. We’ve all been up to our ears adapting to covid variations, finishing screenings and physicals. Then comes the spring mix of viruses, still some flu, GI bugs, strep and more viruses.

We have posted learning opportunities from school based project echo for eating disorders at  nyeatingdisorders.org/sb-echo/html  and Heads up concussion training at cdc.gov/headsup/resources/training.html If you are interested in more info email Janel Kondakoff at  zone10@nysasn.org.

Our dinner will be our last event for the 21/22 School year. However, we are always active 12 months of the year. Contact us anytime. We would be glad to assist you anyway we can. Being a school nurse is a rewarding experience!

JOIN US FOR SCHOOL NURSES DAY May 11, 2022
Bella Domani 5998 E Taft Rd North Syracuse 13212
5:45-8:15  $25 Dinner buffet
SPEAKER Nancy Zlomek from the concussion clinic at University Hospital

In good health,

Your Zone 10 Officers
Janel Kondakoff  RN, Zone 10 Representative & VP
Christine Civello RN BSN, President Zone 10
Helen Fisch RN, Treasurer
Mimi Wagner RN BSN, Secretary


Janel Kondakoff
Zone 10 Representative (Interim)
zone10@nysasn.org
(315)350-4850 txt

 

Zone 11 Happenings

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


August 2021
It definitely has been one of the toughest years in School Nursing. But we made it through!!

Zone 11 was able to finally meet in person for our Annual School Nurse Day Celebration on May 12, 2021. It was great to see everyone that attended. We had our Celebration at The Railhouse in Waverly, NY. Unfortunately, we did not have an EISN nominee this year. We did honor the Everyday Heroes, they were-Elizabeth Hart from Elmira and Barbara Masser from Ithaca. Our guest speaker was Dr. Eric Knolles, PhD, Superintendent of Waverly Schools—“ Living, Working and Breathing during Covid.” He included some funny stories about schools and what school nurses do on a daily basis. It was a very light and fun night!

New Members are always Welcome! Please join us for our next meeting where you can learn new information and meet other School Nurse Colleagues.  We look forward to seeing you!


Annette Cobb, RN
Zone 11 Representative
zone11@nysasn.org

Zone 12 Happenings

Zone 12 | Jennie DeLang
Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates Counties


August 2021
In the beginning of April, Anne Pawlowski moved from Zone Representative to interim Membership Chair and I began the role of Zone Representative. Unfortunately, we had no nominees for our EISN winner. On May 16th at 6pm we had Neurologist David Burdette explain the use and efficacy of a new intra nasal medication, Nayzilam. We have not yet set a date for our next meeting, but I would like this to be a meet greet. My hope is to schedule an in person meeting sometime in September. Our current membership stands at 41.


Jenny DeLang
Zone 12 Representative
zone12@nysasn.org

Zone 13 Happenings

Zone 13 | Barbara Baer
Erie and Niagara Counties


November 2021
Welcome to the WNY Association of School Nurses, Zone 13 of NYSASN.  Our meetings for the 2021-22 school year will continue to be virtual.  Meetings start at 7 pm with a speaker at 7:30.  If you are interested in becoming a member of WNYASN, please contact Membership Chair Katherine Tallman at ktallman@lancasterschools.org or President Julie Murray at jmurray@e1b.org.

Monday, November 15th – topic:  Self Care
No meeting in December
Tuesday, January 18th
Tuesday, February 15th
Monday, March 21st
Tuesday, April 19th
Monday May 16th will be our end of the year social event.


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

Zone 14 Happenings

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


November 2021
This past May I received a letter dated May 13, 2021 from Cattaraugus County Legislature. It stated proclamation for School Nurse Day, which was read at the May 12, 2021, session of the Cattaraugus County Legislature for Zone 14. I had also received a proclamation from the Office of the County Executive Chautauqua County earlier in May, also for Zone 14.

A “Welcome back” letter was sent out to School Nurses along with an updated mailing list for school nurses new to Zone 14’s area. I attended the School Nurses Forum on September 8th with Erie 2 BOCES and learned about what’s new with NYS Center for School Health presented by Melissa Trau, Director of NYS Center for School Health. Shelly Wells and Cathy Burgess of the Chautauqua County Dept. of Health and Human Services Erie County Resources gave a presentation on “School Reopening amidst COVID-19”.

We have tried to meet in person during September and October 2021, but with all the added responsibilities of School Nurses and COVID-19, it’s been hard to set a date. We are planning on meeting October 28, 2021, at Southern Tier Brewery in Lakewood , New York.


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

If you are interested in joining us as a zone representative, we have openings in the following areas:

Zone 6:  Hamilton, Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Fulton and Montgomery counties
Zone 8:   Franklin, Clinton and Essex counties

Please contact President-Elect Annette Cobb at presidentelect@nysasn.org if you would like to discuss joining our dynamic team.