NYSASN has accomplished a great deal this past year in furthering our mission, “To advance the practice of school nursing and enhance the educational success of students by promoting quality health services.” We pledge to continue our efforts and surpass our achievements in the future. To do this we need dedicated, insightful leadership that will guide us into the future of our profession.

This year we are pleased to present our candidates for the Executive Committee roles of President Elect and Treasurer. We have one candidate for each office. Voting will be done electronically. Please review the biographical information below and then vote anonymously through the electronic survey by Saturday, October 24, 2020.

Geraldine Plechner, MS.Ed., BSN, RN
Candidate for President-Elect

For the past eight years, Gerri has been a school nurse in the Center Moriches UFSD. She is responsible for the health and well-being of nursery to 8th grade students in two private schools within the Center Moriches community. She received her BS in Nursing from SUNY Binghamton. After years of working in the field of nursing, Gerri pursued a master’s degree in Education and also in Literacy. This transition to education came after years of volunteering at the American Cancer Society’s Long Island Division oncology camp and the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged. She continues to volunteer her time as a Health Director for Camp Kids are Kids Chicago, a sleep away camp for oncology patients and their siblings. As part of their medical team, Gerri has updated their medical policies, procedures and standing orders to meet the Children’s Oncology Camp Association (COCA) gold ribbon standards. In addition, she sits on the camp’s leadership team.

Gerri returned to the field of nursing in 2011, and in 2012 she became a school nurse. Gerri joined the Suffolk County Association of School Nurses (SCASN) and NYSASN in 2013 and has served on SCASN’s Executive Board since 2017, when she became president-elect. During her tenure as president, she served on the local zone’s NYSASN conference committee which resulted in a successful 2018 NYSASN annual conference in Stony Brook. After her tenure as president, Gerri became NYSASN’s Zone 2 representative. In 2020, Gerri received Zone 2’s Excellence in School Nursing award.

Gerri brings to the president-elect candidacy her commitment to school nursing, her desire to advance the practice of school nursing in New York State, and her passion to instill into others that we, as school nurses, are an integral part of the educational community. We care for the mind, body and soul of our students and allow them to flourish in school as we provide a vital connection between the home and school communities.

Teresa Ergul, AAS, BS, RN
Candidate for Treasurer

Teresa Ergul has been a registered nurse for 38 years. She has been a school nurse for 12 years and is currently the school nurse in Moriches Elementary School in the William Floyd School District for over 900 students in grades K through 5.

Ms. Ergul has an AAS degree in Nursing from Suffolk County Community College and a BS in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s College.  She has worked in home care, a health center, and as a unit nurse and supervisor in the Suffolk County Nursing Home, and is now a school nurse.

She has served Suffolk County Association of School Nurses, Zone 2 of NYSASN, as a past president, and has assisted on the conference committee for 2018 NYSASN Conference on Long Island at Stony Brook University. She was also awarded the Suffolk County Association of School Nurses Excellence in School Nursing Award. She has been the bookkeeper for her family business, a wholesale produce company, for the past 32 years and is currently the treasurer for her district’s nursing unit. She has been serving as your elected treasurer for NYSASN since January of 2019.

It would be an honor to serve as NYSASN’s treasurer.

Teresa Ergul