Dear NYSASN Members,
Well, we are nearing the final countdown, and what a year this has been!
Considering where we were one year ago, and the challenges we all faced with the reopening of schools, we have made great strides. We proved that schools can be safe places for the children of New York State, and school nurses have emerged as champions of community health.
We have had to deal with ever-changing guidelines—Covid protocols, enforcing immunization mandates, and providing health appraisals in schools. Many of us performed Covid screenings in school so our students could participate in sports.
Some districts had their students return full time in September, some increased days of attendance gradually, and some districts are still not in session five days a week. Everyone agreed that students learn better in person. Many schools are struggling with trying to provide proms and graduation ceremonies to their seniors with the Covid restrictions that are currently in place.
NYSASN has provided links and contact information for our members to advocate for our profession to be considered front line essential workers, and to maintain a voice in Albany. We have increased our public relation efforts to illustrate how important school nurses are to the health and safety of our communities.
NYSASN will continue to advocate for school nurses as school team leaders in the return to normalcy. We are offering our School Nurse Orientation program in person this August, as well as our annual conference in November.
We are still seeking volunteers to serve on our dynamic board of directors. Do you have proficiency in Word and Excel and are detail oriented? We are looking for a candidate to run for secretary, which is a two-year commitment. Do you keep up with the education and health bills in Albany? We are looking for an advocacy chairperson to make our members aware of pending legislation that will affect our profession. Do you enjoy event planning? We are looking for an annual conference chairperson to coordinate our yearly conferences. Do you live in zones 6, 7, 8 or 9? We are looking for zone representatives from these regions to join us at board meetings and bring information from the state association back to the local membership. Please consider joining us if you have an interest in any of these areas. You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wish you a strong finish to the school year, and a restful summer. Thank you for your continued support of NYASN.
Jacquelyn O’Donnell, AAS, RN