Zone 1 Happenings

Zone 1 | Jill McCarney

Zone 1 will have its third meeting on March 7, 2018, at 4:15 p.m. at the Bellmore Memorial Library.  Our first two meetings were well attended with interesting topics. Our School Nurse Day Dinner will be on May 9, 2018. We plan on a new venue – more information to follow.

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 Patient Safety Education Spring Symposium
Communication between healthcare professionals and patients is essential in closing the gap between harm and safety. Learn how to actively engage families in their care leading to improved outcomes.

Zone 2 of Suffolk County proudly presented the 2017 EISN Award to Sandra Poshka, RN, BSN. Sandra is the school nurse at North Coleman Road Elementary School in the Middle County School District. In addition to receiving the EISN award, a $500 scholarship will be presented in her name to a graduating student from her district that plans to pursue a Nursing degree. We congratulate Sandra on this well-deserved honor.

Zone 2 asks members to consider stepping up and joining the leadership team. Elections will be held for the 2018 President-elect and Secretary. Help us continue to bring quality programs to our zone.


Joan Verardo, BS, RN, NCSN
Zone 2 Representative

Zone 3 Happenings

Zone 3 | Mary Archer and Patricia Hartman

School Nurses Day Dinner Sponsored by NYSASN Zone 3
May 9, 2018
4:00 p.m.

Monahan & Fitzgerald (municipal parking across the street)
214-17 41st Ave.
Bayside, NY 11361

$38 per person. Buffet dinner including soda, coffee, tea and dessert (cash bar)
RSVP by May 4, 2018

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Opioid Overdose Awareness: Recognition and Treatment for the School Nurse

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Light refreshments
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Program/training

Long Island Jewish Teaching Center
270-05 76th Avenue, New Hyde Park
Free Parking only available in Oncology Parking Lot (green valet ticket given). Lot located adjacent from the entrance of the teaching center. See flyer for more details and registration information.

Please forward this educational program to your colleagues and register ASAP.  Registration is limited to the first 100 school nurses.

Hope to see you in March,

Debbie Riccardi

Debora A. Riccardi, DNP, RN, CPNP
Northwell Health
Director, Community Health Nursing
Hospital Administration
Cohen Children’s Medical Center
420 Lakeville Road, Suite 112
New Hyde Park, NY  11040

Tel: (718) 470-3352


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

Zone 4 Happenings

Zone 4 | Mary Beth Guyett

Upcoming dates — more information to follow:

Spring Dine-Around
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
6:30 p.m.
Meet with pediatric specialists to discuss interesting topics.
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Conference Center
100 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
Please download the invitation with full details and RSVP information here.

The Human Growth Foundation: A Day of Endocrinology
April 30, 2018
New York Medical College
19 Skyline Drive, Ground Floor
Hawthorne, NY 10532
Download flyer here.

School Nurse Day
May 9, 2018
4:30 p.m.
Savannah’s, 3901 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567

We will be honoring Zone 4’s Excellence in School Nursing Award Recepient
Cost per person: $35.00 (includes appetizer, salad, pasta, entrée, dessert, soda/coffee/tea) – Cash Bar
RSVP by May 2, 2018 to
Checks: Payable to Zone 4   Mail to:  Daniella Ferreira, 33 Brookview Dr., Carmel, NY 10512

Any questions email

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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

Zone 10  Workshop/Meeting:
March 24, 2018
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Canastota Public Library
Speaker and topic TBD

School Nurses Day Dinner to be held at Justin’s Grill in East Syracuse on May 9th.

Look forward to seeing you there!


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

Southern Zone 11 Dinner Meeting
Celebrating School Nurses Day
Excellence in School Nursing Award Winner

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Spencer Van Etten High School, Corner of Rt 34 and 16 Dartts Cross Road, Spencer, NY   14883

SPEAKER: Michael Cobb, Director Southern Tier Police Academy
TOPICS: School Violence, Workplace Violence, Active Shooter and Planning for Critical Incidents

RSVP  May 1, 2018.


Please contact Gail Hall for more information – or call 607-765-4215

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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

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

February 12, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Topic: Addictions
Speaker: Cheryll Moore, Medical Care Administrator
Erie County Department of Health

March 19, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Topic: Narcan Training
Speaker: Colleen Babcock, Director of Community Outreach and Narcan Training

April 16, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Topic: Domestic Violence
Speaker: Pamela Graham, Education/Training Manager
Willow Domestic Violence Center


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