NHSNA President's Letter:
A Fresh Start
Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!
I hope that you were able to enjoy the beautiful summer spending time with family and friends, relaxing and refreshing. As I reflect on my 23 years working in school health, I realize how fortunate school nurses are to have a fresh start with the beginning of each new school year. I feel energized and ready to implement new ideas and projects.
Thank you for providing me with the opportunity of attending the 47th Annual NASN Conference, held this year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I was proud to represent NHSNA as your president. It was an energizing time networking with colleagues, listening to stories and learning from experts in our field. When I presented our delegates at the annual meeting I said: "We are from the granite state of New Hampshire, and we are the rock solid foundation of our schools."
We truly are the foundation of our schools. We are leaders in our schools. We are members of both the health and education teams. We are professional nurses providing skilled nursing care. We are promoting and modeling health and wellness for the students and staff in our schools. We must no longer remain silent working in a hidden health care system ~ the school health program. We must become visible and be recognized for our contributions.
Your NHSNA Board of Directors continue to work on many initiatives supporting you in your practice as the School Nurse. Several meetings have been held with Dr. Virginia Barry, NH Commissioner of Education, and key stakeholders to develop a campaign to promote the contributions School Nurses make every day to the education of our school children.
Recently, NHSNA has formed a study committee to formulate our own position statement regarding the use of Naloxone in the school setting. Updates to all legislative efforts are included in this September Newsletter.
We are pleased to announce that Beth Mattey, MSN, RN, NCSN, 2015-2017 President of NASN will be joining us as our speaker at our Fall Meeting being held on October 23rd. You will enjoy hearing her inspiring words. Plan to join us for this special dinner meeting. More information may be found on our website www.nhschoolnurses.org
In closing, I want to thank you for all that you do each and every day for the children and adolescents within our NH schools. Remember, you must first care for yourself in order to care for others. Take time each day to refresh, recharge and restart.
Have a wonderful year! Come join us when you can!!
Harriet Davenort, RN, BS
President, New Hampshire School Nurses' Association