NYSASN is pleased to welcome two new board members:
Kathy Varieur, MST, BSN, RN, NCSN is the new zone representative from zone 5, which covers Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster and Dutchess counties. Kathy is the Health Services Facilitator in the North Rockland Central School District.
Annemarie Pawlowski, BNS, RN,CPN is the new zone representative from zone 12, which covers Wyoming, Monroe, Orleans, Livingston, Wayne, Ontario, Yates, Seneca and Genesee counties. Anne is the Nurse Manager for the school program at Mary Cariola Center in Rochester.
We are pleased to have them join our team.
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 7: Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Schoharie counties
Zone 8: Franklin, Clinton and Essex counties
Zone 9: Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties
Please contact President-Elect Geraldine Plechner at email@example.com if you would like to discuss joining our dynamic team.
Zone happenings are being held remotely via Zoom.
Please contact the representative of your zone, as listed, to be included in upcoming meetings.
Zone 1 Happenings
Zone 1 | Jill McCarney
Zone 1 BOD met via Zoom twice over the fall months. We planned out our meeting schedule and have created a Facebook page. Our first group meeting occurred on January 28th via Zoom and was attended by 75 people. We invited Zone 2 to join us as well. We began with business/procedures- which included Membership and Treasurers Reports and honoring our Excellence in School Nursing Winners. Our guest speaker was Dr, Ronald Marino, consultant to the NYSCSH who was also later joined by Linda Khalil- Director of the NYSCSH. Covid-19 vaccine roll-out and the new required Health Appraisal Form were discussed along with the many challenges we are facing at this unprecedented time. Our current membership stands at 105.
Zone 1 met via Zoom on January 28th and invited Zone 2. We honored our Excellence in School Nursing Winners and had a brief business update. Our guest speaker was Dr. Ronald Marino, consultant to the NYSCSH and he was later joined by Linda Khalil from the NYSCSH. Topics included Covid -19 Vaccine Roll-out and the new required Health Appraisal Form. Zone 1 (Nassau County Association of School Nurses) invites all to follow us on our newly created Facebook page. Our next meeting is planned for early March. Please contact Jill McCarney, Zone 1 Representative, for further information.
Zone 1 has not had any meetings as of yet due to the challenges of starting school with Covid-19. Until further notice, all meetings will be held via Zoom. We plan on having our three regular zone meetings—early December, late January 2021, and mid-March 2021, via Zoom with a speaker followed by a question and answer period. Our Membership Letter is in the process of being mailed. Our current Membership is 101.
Zone 1’s 2020 EISN Award Winner: Daryle Seid Abeshouse, BSN, RN, East Meadow School District
Daryl has been a school nurse for 20 years. Her positive attitude and wonderful sense of humor are two of her greatest assets. Without hesitation, she has enthusiastically stepped up and taken on the roleof Zone 1’s secretary, head of hospitality, and party planner. She has consistently contributed to our Zone 1 Board of Directors with creative ideas and boundless energy. Zone 1 is proud to nominate Daryl for the Excellence in School Nursing Award in 2020.
Jill McCarney, RN
Zone 1 Representative
(516) 267-7520 (work)
Zone 2 Happenings
Zone 2 | Paula Saltzman
Our last SCASN meeting was a Zoom meeting held on February 9, 2021.
- Our guest speakers were Frank Nagy and Joyce Brennan from Gvoke, a Glucagon injection used to treat severe hypoglycemia.
- Our next meeting is scheduled for zoom on Tuesday, April 13 at 4:30PM. We will have a guest speaker from the Suffolk County DOH to give us up to date information on Coronavirus.
- We would like to thank Zone 1 for inviting us to attend their meeting with guest speaker, Dr. Marino, Medical Director Consultant NYSCOH. This was very informative.
- At our meeting, we voted to give a $50.00 scholarship in Joanne Bardin’s name.
Hopefully, an e-mail will be sent out soon regarding our April meeting. (I am doing poorly navigating through the computer part of my new job!)
Paula Saltzman, BSN, RN
Zone 2 Representative
Zone 2 will be meeting via Zoom this year, at least for now. Kathi DiStefano is our SCASN president and has set the calendar as follows: October 27, 2020, February 9, 2021, April 13, 2021, and on School Nurses’ day May 6, 2021. All Zoom meetings will begin at 4:30 PM. Dues remain at $20 for the year. If you did not receive an email from Kathi with a SCASN membership application, please contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain an application. We hope you will join us. It’s a great opportunity to network.
Paula Saltzman, BSN, RN
Zone 2 Representative
Zone 3 Happenings
Zone 3 | Ponzella Johnson
Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond Counties
Greetings! The COVID pandemic recovery is of paramount importance. The vaccine efforts in our area have been quite interesting and at times troubling. I have had the privilege of working at the vaccine sites on the weekends and have witnessed a great racial divide. The lack of care for elderly people of color to get the vaccine was daunting. Through much advocacy a change was made to intentionally help this population, who lived in the community.
Zone 3 nurses continue to avail themselves to the need of the community. Maria Migliorato, NYSASN member, continues to help food insecure people in her community, while other nurses like Karen Smith, NYSASN member, are working in the Point of Dispensing (POD) to give COVID vaccines to massive amount of people. Still others like Mary Lawson, retired public health supervisor, are meeting with political leaders to advocate having a nurse in each school, pay equity, and a nurse at the table on different committees. Pat Hartman continues to support our Girl Scouts and keeps building bridges with different school nursing unions to join NYSASN.
On February 10, the District 3 Community Education Council (CEC) President and Manhattan Borough Candidate hosted a Zoom meeting for nurses to express any concerns that they may have in school health and the community at large. There were about 40 people in attendance. It was so thrilling to have members of our NYSASN BOD attend. Gail Hall shared with the group about NYSASN and our promotions initiative. Teresa Ergul, Pat Hartman and other Zone 3 members and potential members were in attendance as well.
I continue to be optimistic about establishing a committee of nurses from Zone 3 who will:
- Intentionally find ways to increase our membership
- Purposefully find ways to promote diversity
- Support hosting ZOOM seminars
- Strategically plan activities for the remainder of 2021
Congratulations to Gail Adman, BSN, RN, MPH, Zone 3 recipient of the 2019 Excellence in School Nursing Award.
Ponzella Johnson, BSN, RN
Zone 3 Co-Representatives
Zone 4 Happenings
Zone 4 | Cynthia Scinto
Putnam and Westchester Counties
Zone 4 has not had a meeting since last report, however our zone member, Lisa Epstein, the School Nurse Coordinator from Yorktown Central School District was recognized as an Everyday Hero for her exceptional efforts to build collegiality among a group of nurses sharing a common medical director, as districts labored to create pandemic policies and protocols over the past year. Zone 4 also briefly “adopted” Zone 5, a zone without NYSASN representation. In a short time Kathy Varieur stepped up to be Zone 5 representative. Welcome Kathy!
Congratulations to Mary Beirne, Zone 4 Excellence in School Nursing Award Winner.
Mary Beirne LLM, BN, RN-BC, NCSN, has gained statewide and national recognition because of her persistent, effective efforts to advocate for schoolchildren, the community and her professional colleagues.
Having served as Legislation Chair of the New York State Association of School Nurses, Mary was the driving force behind the successful NYSASN grassroots effort to defeat disastrous legislation that would have permitted non-health professional management of students with Diabetes in the school setting. She further engineered the organization’s involvement as a significant proponent of the historic RN to BSN legislation. As Advocacy Chair (NYSASN’s combination of the Legislation and Positions Chairmanships) Mary further advanced NYSASN’s prestige by identifying issues and legislation which either aligned with our Mission Statement or were in opposition to our goals. She educated the membership regarding these issues and provided essential guidance. As a member of the faculty of NYSASN’s School Nurse Orientation she positively impacted many new school nurses in New York State. Certification is something that Mary is most passionate about! She uses every opportunity to promote this professional accomplishment and has become a National Board for Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN) representative for New York. Her influence has encouraged a number of colleagues to seek this certification. She is also certified as a Pediatric Nurse by ANCC.
Mary is a powerful proponent when championing something she perceives as significant. She communicates eloquently with her colleagues throughout the country as well as those in the New York State Education Department. Whether proactively advocating for school nurses to be provided with PPE, promoting unification between NYSASN and our national organization NASN or insisting upon adherence to evidence-based practice, Mary’s is a voice that is powerful and persuasive. She has authored information that has received recognition from NASN and praise from state nursing leaders. While Mary has engaged in all of these activities, nothing distracts her from her dedicated service to the students, staff and families in her school. She is a valued resource within the larger White Plains Central School District. Above all, Mary never ceases to remind us that, “We school nurses are working to the top of our practice!” Should you ask her to explain this; you will receive a passionate response that will convince you that School Nursing requires more expertise, skill and commitment than any group in the nursing profession.
Cynthia Scinto, BSN, RN, NCSN
Zone 4 Representative
Zone 5 Happenings
Zone 5 | Kathy Varieur
Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster Counties
My name is Kathy Varieur, and I am the new representative for Zone 5. I am the Health Services Facilitator for the North Rockland Central School District, located in Rockland County. I recently received my NCSN, and also have a Master’s degree in Teaching. I have sent an introductory email to all the members of the zone 5 community, and have received many positive responses. I am also reaching out to my local Rockland County School Nurses Association, and a group of county nurses that I worked with closely over the summer, on our county reopening plans. One of my many goals is to help unite the nurses of the lower Hudson Valley, and get us all on the “same page.” I am looking forward to learning more about my role as a zone representative, and the ways that I can serve NYSASN.
Sadly, since the time this award was presented to Joanne last fall, she has passed away.
She will continue to be remembered in our thoughts as our friend and colleague .
Congratulations to Joanne Bardin, Zone 5 EISN Award Recipient
Joanne Bardin, in addition to being the school nurse at Poughkeepsie High School, holds a Master’s Degree and is nationally certified as a school nurse. She volunteers as an American Red Cross leader and educator. Within her district she continues to educate herself and inform the school nurses in her district of new state laws, screening guidelines, infection control policies and of school district policies and procedures. Joanne has been active in NYSASN for many years and has served as Zone 5’s representative and as an instructor at the annual School Nurse Orientation program. Currently, she holds the position of secretary for NYSASN.
Kathy Varieur, MST, BSN, RN, NCSN
Zone 5 Representative
Zone 6 Happenings
Zone 6 |
Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties
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Zone 7 Happenings
Zone 7 |
Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Rensselear, and Schoharie Counties
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Zone 8 Happenings
Interested in being the Zone 8 Representative? Encourage networking
Zone 9 Happenings
Zone 9 |
Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties
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Zone 10 Happenings
Zone 10 | Janel Kondakoff
Cayuga, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties
One of our most helpful tools to aide in communication during these times was the purchase of our Zone 10 Zoom account! This has enabled us to reach a wider audience to share our knowledge and speakers without having to leave home. We heard from members who would have to drive 2 hours to come to an in-person meeting!
On November 1st, 2020, we had our first official Zone 10 Officers Zoom, in preparation for our 11/12/20 meeting with Linda Khalil MSEd,BSN,RN, Linda’s presentation explained how to find accurate information and stay up to date in the ever-changing COVID environment. We appreciated Linda’s wealth of helpful guidance for all.
December 16, 2020, was our first “Come as You Are Kibitz.” Several school nurses had open discussions regarding Return to Play Post COVID, severity of COVID, EKG clearance guidelines, testing, quarantine periods. We heard positive feedback from the members who joined us.
On January 27, 2021, a Zoom workshop “Whole Mental Wellness” was presented by Sherie Richards Ramsgard, MSN, FNP/ NPP. Sherie’s presentation was based on “Feel Better in Five” by Dr. Rangan Chetterjee. Sherrie covered the importance of self-care for the for the caregiver. This was a wonderful presentation. Pay attention, have intention, self-esteem, self-compassion, and be kinder to each other, are just a few of the phrases that have stayed with me. A link to the book can be found here.
On February 24, 2021, we will have our second “Come and Kibitz” open forum. Join if you can by clicking here.
On March 24, 2021, We are planning another Zoom workshop with The Q Center.
I ask you to please consider joining NYSASN if you haven’t already done so. We have combined with NASN so we can continue providing valuable workshops and have our voices heard at the legislative level. We are stronger together
Zone 10 officers have had a busy start of school and last bit of summer. Below are just a few things that kept us busy:
- Summer camps
- PPE delivery to fellow schools and within community
- Delivery of school breakfast and lunch
- Multiple zoom discussion/implementation of new guidelines
- Webinars with DOH
- Scheduling our first Zone 10 Zoom with Linda Khalil in November, more info/invite to follow
Many schools in our Zone 10 counties have yet to be informed of the role NYSASN can play in offering help and guidance with their healthcare practices. We are in the process of communicating this to them and will work to do so throughout the coming year.
While this school year has been different than any other, we will continue adapting to provide school nursing services to the best of our ability as we move through this pandemic.
At our last meeting, January 6, 2020, guest speaker, Damon Villnave, an Admin from Central Square, gave a passionate presentation on vaping. It was very informative. He came with props and sample paraphernalia. It is truly amazing and unfortunate the many ways kids can hide the drugs.
Our next meeting has not yet been scheduled. We remain on PAUSE until otherwise notified. At that time, and every day, we have much to be thankful for.
In the meantime many of our nurses are at school working. We ALWAYS have something that needs doing. Many are volunteering, handing out meals during pop-up food distribution, being contact tracers, assisting with blood drives. There are several working in hospitals and outreach centers. Thank You Nurses!
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! Our schedule will be posted as it becomes available.
Zone 10 Representative (Interim)
Zone 11 Happenings
Zone 11 | Annette Cobb
Broome, Cortland, Chemung, Chenango, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties
Greetings from Zone 11. We have not met in person since last September but have continued meeting via zoom. The zone held a Webinar on 2/3/21 about Epilepsy, another topic TBD will occur in March. A Zone meeting will be held in the spring on School Nurses Day, most likely via zoom, when we will recognize our EISN winner.
I have been putting together a Zone 11 database to keep everyone in the loop and encouraging Zone and NASN/NYSASN membership, it is an ongoing project. We have adopted Zone 6 due to them not having a zone representative. This zone includes Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties.
Since NY Pause began last March, activity in Zone 11 has been very quiet. Moving forward, we have scheduled a Zoom meeting the week of October 26 to update our zone members and will offer a presentation via Zoom on the new Glycogen Autoinjector/Hypopen by Xeris Pharmaceuticals. We will strive in continuing to keep our members informed during this unusual time. Stay healthy and safe everyone!
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and friends, who lost love ones and those that recovered from Covid-19. And, to the nurses that worked, volunteered in other ways to help colleagues during the pandemic.
The zone had to cancel our School Nurse day celebration in May. In the fall, we plan to hold our annual fall meeting and learn “Stop the Bleed” procedures. The NYSASN reopening guidelines were sent to all zone members. Our next meeting has not yet been scheduled. We remain on PAUSE until otherwise notified. Stay safe!
Annette Cobb, RN
Zone 11 Representative
Zone 12 Happenings
Zone 12 | Anne Pawlowski
Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates Counties
Thank you for welcoming me as the new Zone 12 representative. My name is Annemarie Pawlowski but I prefer to go by Anne. I became a RN in 1996 graduating from Monroe Community College. I later completed by BSN through the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. I began my career at Genesee Hospital in Rochester, New York. I also worked in geriatrics and worked at Camp Haccamo in Penfield, New York for five summers. In 1999 I began my school nursing career at the Mary Cariola Center in Rochester.
Mary Cariola Center is a private school that serves approximately 400 students with special needs ages 3-21. Currently there are 46 school districts that send students to our school. My staff provide nursing care for some of the most medically fragile children in Western New York. In addition to medical fragility and developmental disabilities, we also work with students with significant behavior concerns. In 2002 I became the manager of our department and I currently oversee a team of 15 nurses. I also maintain a Pediatric Nurse certification and would like to obtain my certification in school nursing as well.
One of my goals this coming year in addition to increasing membership, is to reach out and pull together our Zone 12 members into a cohesive group. Together we will have a larger voice advocating for school nursing in the finger lakes region. I would also like to give a voice to the 853 schools in New York State. The 853 schools have unique school nursing needs and concerns, and I would like to highlight some of our strengths and challenges to both the NYSASN and NASN membership.
I look forward to working with each of you!
Anne Pawlowski, BNS, RN,CPN
Zone 12 Representative
Zone 13 Happenings
Zone 13 | Barbara Baer
Erie and Niagara Counties
The roller coaster year of 2020-21 continues! Like everyone else, we have been meeting via Zoom this year. We have more members now than in previous years, so we may have to stretch our tech skills and make our meetings a hybrid of in person and remote once we can get together again! In November and December, Dr Gale Burstein, Erie County Commissioner of Health, was our guest speaker. Our January meeting was nursing collaboration. It’s always helpful to know we are all facing the same struggles. As Erie County was in the “orange zone” at that time, it was good to learn strategies for testing 20% of the population from our colleagues…and to commiserate! In February, we learned about airway orthodontics from Dr. Anthony DeLuke. We are currently accepting applications for the WNYASN Nursing Scholarship, which is awarded to a high school senior who is planning to attend a BSN program. Upcoming meeting dates: 3/16/21, 4/19/21 (speakers TBD).
October 2020 Update:
We have gathered via Zoom in September and October. At our first meeting in September, we had an open forum for everyone to collaborate on how the year started, what our concerns were going forward, and just offering support to each other. Our guest speaker at our October meeting was Dr. Gale Burstein, County Health Commissioner. She was very supportive of all we do and very informative. Upcoming meeting dates: 11/16/20, 1/19/21, 2/8/21, 3/16/21, 4/19/21.
Congratulations to Barbara Baer, Zone 13 EISN Award Recipient
Barbara Baer has been a school nurse for over 20 years and is currently the nurse at the Sweet Home High School in Amherst, New York. Barb is the lead nurse in her district and, in addition to her regular duties, she schedules all substitute and float nurses. She keeps track and orders all health supplies for the district and plans the curriculum for staff development days. In addition, she assists with all AED/ CPR certifications and sits on both the district Safety and Health & Wellness Committees. Currently, Barb is the Zone 13 representative of the NYSASN. She is also active in the Western New York Association of school nurses where she is the current membership chairperson. She is a role model and mentor to student nurses who do internships in her office. Barb is an active member of the school community with many students referring to her as Momma Baer. She continues to be active both in the school community and the greater community with her involvement fundraising for Dollars for Scholars and for Juvenile Diabetes.
News from Zone 13
As you might expect, not much is happening on the Zone front these days. The executive board has met a few times, and we have had members step up to be officers for next year. We are all anxiously awaiting the state guidance for re-opening. Our members have been encouraged to request to be part of their district’s re-opening teams as we await the criteria for “new normal.” At this time, we are planning that our first meeting in September will most likely be on Zoom, and our program chair is working on scheduling a speaker who will be comfortable with that format.
Officers for the 2020-21 school year:
President: Julie Murray
Vice President: Kelly Santoro
Treasurer: Barb Baer
Membership: Kat Tallman
Program: Lynne Martin
Secretary: Rebecca Banks
Meeting dates for the 2020-21 School year, location TBD:
September 21, 2020 MONDAY
October 20, 2020 TUESDAY
November 16, 2020 MONDAY
January 19, 2021 TUESDAY
February 8, 2021 MONDAY
March 16, 2021 TUESDAY
April 19,2021 MONDAY
May 17,2021 End of year gathering
Barbara L. Baer, RN, BSN
Sweet Home High School
NYSASN Zone 13 Rep
Barbara Baer, BSN, RN
Zone 13 Representative
Zone 14 Happenings
Zone 14 | Jill Kenney
Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chataqua Counties
February 2021 Update:
This is Jill reporting from Zone 14. Our last meeting was held January 19 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. We discussed how everyone was doing this year with COVID-19. We had a very small turn out. Discussed reasons why and what we could do to have a better turn out.
Our next meeting is scheduled for around School Nurse’s Day in May. Hoping to meet in person. Looking into it and will notify everyone when it gets closer.
At our meeting, School Nurse Jennifer Johnson was recognized for being awarded Excellence in School Nursing at the Annual NYSASN Meeting in November 2020. Referred members to thesocial media pages for NYSASN and NYSASN website to see the award ceremony done for the nurses receiving the Excellence in School Nurse.
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!
For additional information please contact Zone 14 Rep., Jill A. Kenney RN at email@example.com.
October 2020 Update:
Since NY Pause began last March, activity in Zone 14 has been very quiet. However, Zone 14 plans for the time being are to hold future meetings via Zoom. President Diana Pantall is in the process of scheduling a Zoom meeting and we will post the date and time once the information becomes finalized. Remember it’s time to pay dues for Zone and NYSASN/NASN.
The Zone 14 Scholarship committee met on June 10, 2020 and awarded a $250 scholarship to a graduating senior from Silver Creek School District. Congratulations!
Congratulations to our 2020 EISN award winner, Jennifer Johnson, from Silver Creek School District.
Jennifer S. Johnson, RN, BSN, who has worked as the District RN at Silver Creek Central School District since 2014, is the Zone 14 EISN recipient for 2020.
A lifelong resident of Chautauqua County, Johnson became a registered nurse following graduation from Jamestown Community College. Since then she has held various nursing positions in the areas of geriatrics, maternal health, family planning, immunization, childhood early intervention and as American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED instructor. She also returned to school to obtain her BSN and EMT license during that time.
Johnson also decided to pursue forensic nursing and obtained a certificate as a forensic nurse and then moved on to be the nursing supervisor at Chautauqua County Jail for the next three years. She later accepted a position at JCC as the Assistant Director of School Health Services. After joining the staff of Silver Creek CSD, Johnson was appointed as Zone 14 Representative for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Alleghany counties for NYSASN and served in that capacity for three years. Mrs. Johnson was the first school nurse in Chautauqua County to bring automated external defibrillators (AEDs) into the educational setting before the state mandated them. She also was the first to have an approved opioid overdose and anaphylaxis public access programs along with available wall-mount mass casualty response units.
“We are fortunate at Silver Creek to have such a progressive, caring and involved nursing staff,” says Todd A. Crandall, superintendent of Silver Creek schools. “In addition to the day-to-day care our nurses provide to students, all of us on staff also benefit from the nurses’ emphasis on wellness and healthy lifestyles. We couldn’t be prouder of or happier for Mrs. Johnson.”
Jill A. Kenney, RN
Zone 14 Representative