New England School Nurse Conference: Charting The Course For Student Success

  • 02 May 2015
  • 7:30 AM
  • 03 May 2015
  • 1:00 PM
  • Sheraton Harborside Portsmouth NH


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • If you can't join us for two days, then please join us for one!
  • Saturday May 2nd, 2015
  • Saturday and Sunday, May 2nd and 3rd
  • Join us for two days. Breakfast provided both days, Lunch provided on Sat. May 2nd. Under Belly Tour is a separate charge.

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If you wish to send a check, Please register ONLINE, then make your check payable to:
NHSNA: New England Conference
Mail To:
Pam Murphy
Peterborough Elementary School
17 High St
Peterborough, NH 03458
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Charting the Course for Student Success

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New England School Nurse Conference

Hosted by the New Hampshire School Nurses’ Association

And Sponsored by ConvenientMD

For Conference questions please email us at

May will be here before you know   it and school nurses from all over   New England will be gathering for   the New England School Nurse       Conference in Portsmouth, NH.

  Up to 8.25 contact hours 

This activity has been submitted to Northeast Multi-State Division (NE-MSD) for approval to award contact hours. NE-MSD is accredited as an approval of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

LOCATION: Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel

250 Market Street · Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801

Discounted room rates may still be available by emailing Pam Murphy at:

May 1st:  For those arriving Friday night, Conference Registration is open  5:00 to 8:00 in our special "Hospitality Room"  Join us for informal networking, refreshments and information on all that Portsmouth has to offer.  The room number for this gathering will be emailed to you closer to the date.

Conference Extras!

The Portsmouth Underbelly Historic Walking Tour is all the history you want to know that is not included in the history books. It’s all true – it’s just a little naughty!  


Commemorative Pendant Keepsake: How often have you attended a conference and look for that special memento to bring home to proudly wear or give as a gift? This pendant is 1" in diameter and crafted of sterling silver. The theme of the 2015 New England School Nurse Conference "Charting the Course for Student Success" has been custom designed into the pendant

Cost of the Pendant is $30.00. It was designed for us by
 Lovell Designs.  

A complimentary chain will be included to the first 30 individuals to purchase the pendant.

It is a beautiful keepsake you will be proud to wear for years to come.

ADD your preorder to your registration OR send E-mail to

Conference AGENDA:

Saturday, May 2nd: 7:45 to 4:30

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the Agenda

7:45 to 8:45  Registration and Breakfast

Our Hospitality committee will be available to give you information on all that historic Portsmouth has to offer.  

8:45 to 9:15  Welcome Address9:15 to 10:30     

When Worry Shows Up: Strategies for Working with Anxious Kids

Lynn Lyons, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist who lives in Concord, New Hampshire and is in private practice there. 

Lynn specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and children, with a special interest in breaking the generational cycle of worry in families. She is the coauthor of two books on anxiety, Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children, and the companion book for kids, Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. 

School nurses are on the front lines of dealing with anxious children, teens, and parents. Anxious kids seek out the school nurse in order to deal with their somatic symptoms, and/or to simply avoid and escape anxiety triggers in school. In this workshop, participants will learn how to quickly identify the patterns of anxious students and parents, and to work with students, families, and other school staff to step away from the common pitfalls of accommodation, reassurance, and avoidance. The school nurse’s critical role in skill-based 504 accommodation plans will be discussed. 

10:30 to 11:00  Break / Exhibition Hall 11:00 to 12:15:  

BREAKOUTS  Please be sure to choose a first and second choice on your registration form

1.  Role of the School Nurse in Championing Evidence Based Suicide Prevention Programming 


  Meghan Diamon, MSW, LCSW   

     Youth Programs Manager,

2.  Emerging and Re-Emerging Diseases: The School Nurse Role  

Meghan May, PhD   

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences

University of New England

Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases are increasingly recognized as a threat to community health. School nurses are likely to be some of the first-line "diagnosticians" of clusters of unusual clinical presentations, and therefore play a key role in reporting and recognizing emerging disease outbreaks. This presentation will describe some of the factors that contribute to emerging and re-emerging diseases, and some of the "red flags" for new and reportable illnesses in school-age children.

3.  Using Google tools: Staying Organized and               Communicating Effectively

Ruth Behrsing, MS

Information Technology Specialist

Technology and its influence on the way we communicate has impacted how we interact with others. The amount of information that is available makes it more difficult to sift through all that we find. Keeping your mail organized so you can find things, using search techniques that focus on current and verified sources, distributing and gathering information from students and parents in an efficient and organized method, are all ways that you can use Google Drive/Apps to help you. This workshop will focus on

• Organizing Google’s gmail (using filters and mail rules)
• Creating google web sites for distributing information
• Setting up google forms and spreadsheets for gathering information
• Using google search filters
• Sharing and collaborating your work.

Bring your device and be ready to logon to your google/gmail account.

12:15 TO 1:30  LUNCH Provided

Presentation from ConvenientMD on their School Nurse Partnership Program

Presentation from Connecticut School Nurse Association on the  New England School Conference for May 2016.

1:30 to 2:30    Cultural Diversity  

Dottie Morris, Phd

Chief Officer of Diversity and Multiculturalism

Keene State College

For years, Dottie has worked with undergraduate and graduate students in the capacity of counselor, teacher, academic advisor, and advisor of student groups. She has demonstrated a consistent and persistent dedication and devotion to diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism and social justice over the past two decades.

2:30 to 3:00  Break / Exhibitions3:00 to 4:00 

BREAKOUTS  Please be sure to choose a first and second choice on your registration form

1.  "My Tummy Hurts":  Assessment of the                        Pediatric Abdomen

Dr. Jeffrey Collins, Medical Director ConvenientMD

Dr. Collins is nationally recognized for his work in establishing national ambulatory quality guidelines for the provision of urgent care and for his medical research in the urgent care field. Dr. Collins is Course Co-Director for the MGH Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics and Medicine/Pediatrics courses in “Urgent Care Medicine” and “Community-Oriented Primary Care.” He is an Instructor in Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and a Clinical Instructor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine.

2. Child Sexual and Emotional Abuse:  Suspicions and Community Response.


 Deborah Pullin, MPH, ARNP-PCP is the Acting Director for the Child Advocacy and Protection Program team at the Childrens Hospital at Dartmouth, working with multidisciplinary team and teaching in pediatric residency and medical school.. She serves on several CAC teams in both New Hampshire and Vermont, NH Attorney General Task Force of Child Abuse and Neglect,  and the NH Child Fatality Review Committee.

3.  Management of Headaches in Children and Adolescents


Evie M. Stacy, APRN, MS  

  Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester  

  Specialties:  Pediatric Neurology

4:00 to 4:30   NHSNA Annual Meeting

5:00 to 6:30  Underbelly Walking Tour of Portsmouth begins in front of the Rusty Hammer Restaurant.  This is a private tour just for school nurses at our conference! Cost: $10

More information on the Underbelly Tour!

Sunday, May 3rd:  8:00 AM to 1:00

8:00 to 8:45  Breakfast provided

8:45 to 10:15  

School Nurses Role in Integrative Health

Matthew M. Hand, DO
Pediatric Nephrology

Elliot Pediatric Integrative Medicine

Because traditional medicine isn’t always enough…

The goal of integrative care is to incorporate all healing modalities into patient care. Integrative medicine (IM) can be defined as an approach to the practice of medicine that makes use of the best available evidence taking into account the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. The primary concept is that all patients, regardless of disease, have more wellness than disease and our mission is to emphasize the wellness and augment the healing process.

10:15 to 10:30  Break10:30 to 11:45

Over the Counter, Under the Radar: Emerging Trends in Youth Substance Abuse

Laurie A. Warnock, MPH NH Education Coordinator

Northern New England Poison Center

11:45 to 12:45

Smart Phones and Parent Child Interaction: Friend or Foe?

Jenny Radesky, MD, clinical instructor in Developmental-
Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and a former fellow in pediatrics at Boston Medical Center.

12:45 to 1:00  Wrap Up and Closing Remarks

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