Zone 1 Happenings

Zone 1 | Jill McCarney

Zone 1 Meeting

Zone 1 will hold its first of four planned meetings for the 2019/2020 school year on Wednesday, October 2nd.  The time is 4:15 p.m.  PLEASE NOTE!  We will meet at our former location – the newly renovated North Bellmore Library!  The address is 1551 Newbridge Road, North Bellmore, 11710.  A brief  meeting will be followed by a speaker from Northwell Health addressing the topic of Cyberbullying. Raffles will be drawn, including  a fully paid NYSASN Conference registration with an overnight stay at the hotel and attendance at the Friday night banquet. Refreshments will also be served. We look forward to seeing all of our members – both new and old – in attendance. 

Questions?  Please  contact Jill McCarney, RN, at  zone1@nysasn.org.


Colleen Foley has been overwhelmingly chosen as the EISN Winner from Zone 1.

Colleen has 17 years of School Nursing experience and has been a member of NYSASN for nine years. She currently practices at the Covert Avenue School in Elmont. As a member of the Nassau County School Nurses Association (Zone 1), she has stepped up into a leadership position and is currently the President Elect. Colleen believes it is of primary importance to keep her knowledge of nursing up to date and her skills sharp and is also a actively involved with the Asthma Educators Association.

Colleen Foley, RN, MSN, NCSN 

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Please contact Jill McCarney, RN, Zone 1 Representative, with any questions, at zone1@nysasn.org or  516-627-0184.


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

Zone 2 Happenings

Zone 2 | Gerri Plechner

Zone 2’s first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 10/23/19. We will be meeting at Eastern Suffolk BOCES’ new location: the Instructional Support Center, at Sequoya High School, 750 Waverly Avenue, Holtsville 11742.  A meet and greet starts at 4:30 p.m. and the general meeting begins at 5:00 p.m.

The scheduled meetings for the remainder of the school year will be held Wednesday 2/5/20, and 4/22/20. For questions or further information, please contact the Zone 2 president, Colleen Cleary, at scasnzone2@gmail.com.


 

This year’s Zone 2 recipient of the award for Excellence in School Nursing is Paula Saltzman from Wood Park Primary School in Commack. During her tenure at Wood Park, Paula organized a parents’ after school workshop and initiated a Walk to School fitness program. Besides her considerable knowledge and skills as school nurse, Paula also runs her school’s annual Toys for Tots and holiday food drive.

In addition to working as school nurse, Paula is also employed part time at Horizons Drug and Alcohol Counseling Center and has over 20 years’ experience as a camp nurse. She manages to do all this while continuing her affiliation with NYSASN, including having served as Zone 2 President. For all these reasons and more, Zone 2 is proud to present Paula with the 2019 EISN Award.

 

 


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

Zone 3 Happenings

Zone 3 | Patricia Hartman and Ponzella Johnson

 

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

 

 

Zone 4 Happenings

Zone 4 | Wendy Kopec

NYSASN Zone 4 congratulates our 2019 Excellence in School Nursing Award Winner, Cynthia Scinto , BSN, RN, of the Walden School of PNW BOCES in Yorktown Heights, New York. Cindy is recognized by her peers and colleagues as one who consistently demonstrates leadership, compassion, excellence and professionalism in her role of responsibility to medically fragile students ages 5-21 years.  

  

Principal Michael Sowel attended the award ceremony and gave Cindy the highest praise for her work and integrity.

Cindy is a long time active member of NYSASN and currently serves as Zone 4 Secretary.


 

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


 

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.


Wendy Kopec, BSN, RN, CNOR
Zone 4 Representative
zone4@nysasn.org

Zone 5 Happenings

Zone 5 | Joanne Bardin

For information about Zone 5 events or suggestions of topics that you would like to have addressed, please contact the Joanne Bardin, Zone 5 representative.


Joanne Bardin, MSN, RN, AE-C
Zone 5 Representative
zone5@nysasn.org

 

Zone 6 Happenings

Zone 6 | Debra Meerdink

What School Nurses Need to Know to Care for Students Safely with Diabetes

Diabetes Management is becoming more complicated as technology improves! SCHOOL NURSES, learn from the experts at Albany Medical Center Division of Pediatric Endocrinology so that you can better manage your students with diabetes. We will work through the Diabetes Medical Management Plan, define and discuss levels of independence, insulin management, treatment of hypoglycemia, new technology including CGM, insulin pumps, and closed loop systems.

Dinner will be provided. This program is free and funded by generous donations to the AMC Pediatric Endocrinology Diabetes Education Fund.

October 3rd, 2019
5:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. 

Albany Medical College
47 New Scotland Avenue, Room ME 700
Albany, NY 12208

RSVP by September 20th to:  jonesn1@mail.amc.edu, or (518) 262-5996.

SPACE IS LIMITED. Preregistration is required. Confirmation email will be sent with directions and parking information when registration is received.

Albany Medical Center is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This learning activity will be awarded a maximum of 2.5 Continuing Nursing Education contact hours.

 

 

 

For information on Zone 6 events, contact Debra Meerdink, Zone 6 Representative.  


Debra Meerdink, BSN, RN
Zone 6 Representative
zone6@nysasn.org

Zone 7 Happenings

Zone 7 |

What School Nurses Need to Know to Care for Students Safely with Diabetes

Diabetes Management is becoming more complicated as technology improves! SCHOOL NURSES, learn from the experts at Albany Medical Center Division of Pediatric Endocrinology so that you can better manage your students with diabetes. We will work through the Diabetes Medical Management Plan, define and discuss levels of independence, insulin management, treatment of hypoglycemia, new technology including CGM, insulin pumps, and closed loop systems.

Dinner will be provided. This program is free and funded by generous donations to the AMC Pediatric Endocrinology Diabetes Education Fund.

October 3rd, 2019
5:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. 

Albany Medical College
47 New Scotland Avenue, Room ME 700
Albany, NY 12208

RSVP by September 20th to:  jonesn1@mail.amc.edu, or (518) 262-5996.

SPACE IS LIMITED. Preregistration is required. Confirmation email will be sent with directions and parking information when registration is received.

Albany Medical Center is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This learning activity will be awarded a maximum of 2.5 Continuing Nursing Education contact hours.


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.”


Zone 7   Interested in being the Zone 7 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, Gail Hall, at president@nysasn.org.

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, Gail Hall, at president@nysasn.org.

Zone 9 Happenings

Zone 9 | 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, Gail Hall, at president@nysasn.org.


 

Zone 10 Happenings

Zone 10 | Nancy Trendowski


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


Nancy Trendowski, BSN, RN
Zone 10 Representative
zone10@nysasn.org

 

 

Zone 11 Happenings

Zone 11 | Annette Cobb


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  

For information contact your Zone 12 Co-Representatives, Diane Houseknecht and Lynne Muth.


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

Zone 13 Happenings

Zone 13 | Barbara Baer

Welcome back to another school year!  Hopefully, everyone had some time to relax over the summer.  The first few weeks of school are always a challenge, but we hope you will make some time to join us at our first meeting on Monday, September 16, at 7:00 p.m. at Hillview School in Lancaster.  Our presenter will be Peg Barrett, Social Worker, who will speak about the new mental health initiatives.

Future meeting dates are:

Tuesday, 10/15
Monday, 11/18
Tuesday, 1/21
Monday, 2/10
Monday, 3/16
Tuesday, 4/21

Speakers for each meeting will be announced beforehand.

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


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.”


Zone 14 had their spring meeting on School Nurse Day at Gialy’s in Jamestown, New York. Racheal Ludwig from Chautauqua County Health Department spoke about Trauma and Mental Health in the school population, in addition to best practices in suicide awareness and prevention. She provided many resources and explained that other county Health Departments have had similar findings. Zone 14 President Diana Pantall provided special decals for School Nurse Day.

This year’s EISN nomination came from my own school principal and had my name on it! Past President Mary Fitzpatrick called and surprised me on School Nurse Day with the news.

In other news: Zone 14 was proud to award scholarships to two high school seniors, both planning to pursue a career in nursing. Four of our Zone members will be retiring this year between June and December. We wish them all a happy retirement.

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


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