November 4, 2019; Vol 2, Issue 11


Since Thursday Oct. 17, the following 74 Nurses
have contacted their Senators and Representatives to ask them to call the Chairs of Joint Committee on Public Health to request that the postural screening bill be moved out of their committee and/or provided written testimony:

Maureen Archambault
Judy Aubin
Rita Bailey
Joanne Balduf
Maureen Battcock
Janice Brown
Kellie Butts
Elizabeth Canavan
Jennifer Capece
Rita Casper
Deborah Cerone
Kathleen Charette
Diane Coletti
Mayrellen Concannon
Patricia Cooney
Doreen Crowe
Donna Deane
Susan DeBenedictis
Jordan DeLucca
Denise DiGiuseppe
Cathy Draghetti
Jill Driscoll
Mollie Ehrlich
Jane Ferrara
Alex Flett
Christine Flynn
Betty Foster
Helen Fuller
Kathi Garvin
Diana Gerbick
Jo-Anne Gibson
Jenny Gormley
Kathy Harris
Kathy Hassey
Mary Homan
Kristin Houlihan
Andrea Huwar
Corinee Jackman
Meredith Johnson
Beth Jordan
Trish Kenney
Joyce Kozol
Susan Lofquist
Victoria MacDonald
Georgie Marks
Patty McCaffrey
Debra McGovern
Paula Melchin
Denise Moore
Lindsay Moyes
Jessica Murphy
Diana Newnan
Jen Puhalski
Jeri Quirck-Carr
Cathy Riccio
Martina Ryan
Donna Rush
Christine Serejczyk
Chris Shiels
Jennifer Silva
Lisa Slattery
Maureen Spillane
Georgie Sullivan
Laura Sullivan
Terri Sweeney
Nancy Thorsen
Nancy Tierney
Kathleen Torraco
Justine Uhlenbrock
Margaret VanCleve-Rocchio
Lee Waingortin
Marie Washington
Toni Wray
Carol Zichella

Thank you for your advocacy efforts!

We need more school nurses to make calls to their legislators about this opportunity to update an antiquated law!

If your Physical Education Teachers assist you with postural screening and are in favor of reducing the mandated frequency, please ask them to call their legislators. You may forward this email to them.

You'll find more specifics on what to say when contacting your Senator and Representative
Poll #1
Does your Physical Education Teacher assist you with postural screening?
Poll #2 = linked survey, closing Nov. 11
As of Nov 2nd, 77 people have taken the poll! We will share out results soon, but are looking for more of you to respond before we do.

If you haven't already done so, please take a few minutes today to answer this confidential MSNO survey about your experience with postural screening. Survey closes Mon Nov. 11th.

Your data will help us advocate for reduced frequency of mandated postural screening.
Oct 22nd Public Health Joint Committee Public Hearing, included oral and written testimony for the Postural Screening bill.
MSNO President Jenny Gormley provided testimony with Rep Kay Khan to the Public Health Joint Committee
Your calls are still needed to help the postural screening bill move along in the legislative process, which can take many months! School Nurses are a persistent and patient group; we need to continue to inform our legislators about doing what's best for our students.

Once you call your legislators, please email MSNO President Jenny Gormley, , to let her know who you contacted and the response. Thank you!

You will need to continue to do postural screening per the law until we can get the law changed. Legislators need to hear from you that this change in the law is important to students and to you!

Specifically, please ask your Senator and Representative to call the Chairs of the Joint Committee on Public Health ( Senator Joanne Comerford and Representative John Mahone y) to ask them to move the postural screening bill ( House Bill 1946 , Senate Bill 1233 ) out of the Joint Committee.

To find your legislators and the telephone #s, click on Find My Legislator , and enter your home street address.
About the postural screening bill:
You may recall that MSNO asked Sen. Cyr to file a bill in the Senate and Rep. Khan to file a bill in the House on MSNO's behalf to reduce the frequency of postural screening from 5 grades to 1 grade.

MSNO supports this legislation to reduce postural screening frequency in schools because:

  • Routine postural screening is not recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, *
  • Critical time on learning is lost over 5 grades,
  • Many parents/guardians opt-out each year,
  • Most Primary Care Pediatric Providers oversee postural screening as part of the physical exam,
  • School Nurse time is better used for other screenings, such as the universal SBIRT substance use screening in two grades as required by the 2016 STEP Act.

Jakubowski T, Alexy A (2014). Does School Scoliosis Screening Make the Grade? NASN School Nurse, 29(5), 258- 265.

Jinn J (2018). Screening for Scoliosis in Adolescents. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 319(2), 202.

Magee J, Kenney D, Mullin E (2012). Efficacy of and Advocacy for Postural Screening in Public Schools. Orthopaedic Nursing, 31 (4), 232-235.

Our December 2018 survey showed that 93% of members were in favor of the proposed legislation to reduce the frequency of postural screening from 5 grades to 1 grade for all students.
MSNO Board Members
Introducing New Board Member:
Jamy Gaynor, EdD, MS, RN, NCSN

Jamy works at the Marlborough Public Schools High School. She was voted in as Secretary beginning July 1, 2020. Welcome, Jamy, we appreciate you volunteering to support MSNO's mission!
Jenny Gormley, DNP, RN, NCSN
Director, Northeastern University School Health Academy
Carilyn Rains, MEd, RN
Director of School Health Services
Plymouth Public Schools
Doreen Crowe, MEd, BSN, RN
NASN Director
Director of Nursing Services Wilmington Public Schools
Jane Ferrara, MA, BSN, RN
School Nurse
Wilmington Public Schools
June Kazes, MSN, RN, NCSN
School Nurse Leader
Beverly Public Schools
Lee Waingortin, MSN, RN, NCSN
Health Services Coordinator
Hudson Public Schools
Roselaine Charlucien-Koech  MEd, BSN, RN
School Nurse
Boston Public Schools
Terry Grimm, BSN, RN, NCSN
School Nurse
Belmont Public Schools
Adria Pavletic. MSN, MS, RN, NCSN
Director of Health Services
St. Mark's Schoo l
Barbara Hedstrom, MSN, RN, NCSN
DESE Liaison & Region 2 Chair
School Nurse
No. Andover Public Schools
Kathy Hassey, DNP, MEd, BSN, RN
Director, Northeastern University
School Health Academy
Dorothy Keeney, MA, BSN, RN
Retired School Nurse
Boston Public Schools
Denise Schwerzler, MSN, RN, NCSN
School Nurse, Weston Public Schools
Patty Wright, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN
Retired School Nurse & Administrator, Weston Public Schools
Karen Rufo, MSN, RN
Region 7 Co-Chair
School Nurse Administrator
Natick Public Schools
Cathryn Hampson,BSN,RN,NCSN
Regional 6 Chair
School Nurse & Nurse Co-Coordinator
Spaulding Memorial School
No Middlesex Regional School District
Marette Power, BSN, RN, NCSN
Region 5 Chair
Lead Nurse
Cape Cod Collaborate School
Cathy Riccio, MSN, BSN, RN
Safe & Supportive Schools DESE Liaison
Supervisor Health Services & Safety
Newburyport Public Schools
AnneMarie Schroeder, BSN, RN, NCSN
Region 1 Co-Chair
School Nurse Educator
Plymouth Public Schools
Karen Roberto, BSN, RN
NESNC Liaison
School Nurse
Medford Public Schools

Judi McAuliffe, RN, NCSN
Region 1 Co-Chair & NESNC Liaison
School Nurse, retired
Pembroke Public Schools
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