Nurses in the News
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School Nurses Highlighted in the Media
Recently, no less than three NYSASN members have been highlighted by pieces appearing in printed or television media. We congratulate each of them for getting the word out on the role of school nurses. Each of these pieces can be viewed by following the links below.
- NBC’s Today Show ran a piece that paid tribute to Eileen Shimkus, a Zone 2 member, who works at Our Lady of the Hamptons School in Southampton.
- Parents Magazine published an article, in the December 2021 issue, written by Holly Giovi, Zone 2 member, who works at May Moore Primary School in Deer Park School District: I’m a Mom and a School Nurse
- Family Doctor: A Journal of the NYS Academy of Family Physicians published the article, Managing Student Health: Q & A with a School Nurse, in their Winter 2022 issue which was co-written by NYSASN Board Member and Communications Liaison Chairperson, Joan Verardo,
Chautauqua County Recognizes Second Week of COVID-19 Heroes
Mayville, NY: Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel and the COVID-19 Response Team recently announced the second week of COVID-19 Hero nominations for February 16-19. Nominations are recognized in a video posted weekdays on the Chautauqua County Government Facebook page, and each nominee receives a personal note from the County Executive’s Office.
Jill Kenney is the school nurse for Pine Valley Central Schools, where she has been keeping students and staff up to date on COVID-19 and other health related information as it evolves. She has always gone above and beyond for the students of PVCS.
To view COVID-19 Heroes videos, visit www.facebook.com/ChautauquaCountyGovernment.
To all the wonderful school nurses out there who continue to work during this COVID-19 pandemic, NYSASN wants to hear from you! Share your experiences with us by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post them to our website. The more good news we hear the better to help lift our spirts during these difficult times.
Many thanks to the School Nurses who have responded to our request for sharing their stories during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out their “Good News” submissions here.
School Nurses Serve on NYSED COVID Task Force
In June 2020, NYSASN SNO Chair Olga Jeanne Dolly, MSN, FNP-C, SNT, and NYSASN President, Lou Ann Gleason, MSN RN, were invited to serve on the NYSED COVID task force committee. The task force included experts and stakeholders from every part of NY State. The meetings offered the opportunity for school nurse professionals to provide input that was used to make informed decisions about the safe reopening of schools during the pandemic. The information gathered was then synthesized and analyzed to form the basis of the guidance document that was presented to the Board of Regents at the NYSED meeting in July. The completed document was the guide schools and school districts used as they planned for the safe reopening of their schools. During their time representing NYS school nurses as part of the task force, the NYSASN Board Members also advocated for the presence of a Registered Professional Nurse in every school building and for adequate PPE for school nurses to be available when school reopened. The inclusion of school nurses with other professional groups in planning for students and staff safe return to school exemplified the invaluable role of nurses in ensuring the health and safety of the school population