May 29, 2019; Vol 1, Issue 33
Welcome back from Memorial Day Weekend!
Thinking about summer?
The Dec. 2018 member survey results showed that 31% of members want more info about continuing nursing education (CNE) opportunities. Scroll down to check out summer 2019 CNE for school nurses.
Announcing. . .
Candidate for MSNO President-Elect:
AnnMarie Schroeder, BSN, RN, NCSN
School Nurse Educator, Plymouth North High School
AnnMarie has been a registered nurse for 27 years working, including the last 12 years in school health, in pre-school, elementary, and now high school for the past 5 years. She is currently a Regional Co-Chair for MSNO, and is enrolled in Cambridge College's MEd program for school nurses, graduating May 2020.

AnnMarie's Health Services' Director/MSNO Immediate Past-President, and her Superintendent are fully supporting her candidacy. She would be the first school nurse - as future MSNO President - providing full-time direct service to students in more than 10 years.

MSNO will be holding an election for this position according to our bylaws. Stay tuned for more details to come!
Job Opportunities
$100 fee waived if person requesting posting is a current MSNO member!
Click here for School Nurse, School Nurse Administrator, & Camp jobs, and scroll down web page for listings.

MA Department of Public Health School Health Services Director position is posted, click here.
Thank you to all those who came out to the MSNO School Nurse Gathering May 16th at Plimoth Plantation!
Speakers shared info on marijuana, youth & schools:
School nurses & MSNO Board Members Patty Wright, Pat Hoban, Adria Pavletic, and June Kazes networked at the MSNO School Nurse Gathering.
Jennifer L. Flanagan, MA Cannibis Control Commissioner shared info on the impact of legalization on youth.
Left to right: Mike Morris (Tremont Strategies/MSNO lobbyist), Carilyn Rains (Immediate Past President, MSNO; Plymouth PS Dir Nurses), June Kazes (MSNO Vice President Programs), Jenny Gormley (MSNO President), & Kathy LaNatra (State Rep).
Plymouth Community Leaders: Nate Horowitz-Willis, Dir. Public Health & Police Chief Michael Botteiri
MSNO Candidate for President-Elect, Annmarie Schroeder
State Rep Matt Muratore with Carilyn Rains, Cheryl Bartlett (former MDPH Commissioner) & Luanne Nemes (Plymouth Public Schools Nurse, participating in the NASN/CDC chronic absenteeism project)
Gary Meastas, Superintendent, Plymouth Public Schools spoke about role of school nurses in helping prevent marijuana use among youth.
MSNO's Annual Awards presented at Quincy and North Andover School Committee meetings!
School Nurse of the Year 2018-2019
Kristin Houlihan, BA, RN, NCSN
North Quincy High School Nurse
presented May 15, 2019
Quincy Public School Nurses
Kristin Houlihan receives award from Jenny Gormley, President (left) & Kathy Hassey, MSNO Awards & Scholarship Chair (right)
School Nurse Administrator of the Year 2018-2019
Cheryl Barczak, MSN, RN
Director of Health Services, North Andover Public Schools
presented May 23, 2019
Cheryl Barczak with Superintendent Dr. Gregg Gilligan
North Andover Public School Nurses with School Physician: a supportive community!
Opportunities for learning - Summer 2019 in MA


Livestreaming the National Association of School Nurses annual conference, Climbing Toward our Peak , June 28-July 1

MAHPERD, Dance for Joy conference, June 24-25, & School Health Educators conference, Aug 7-8. For more info & reduced pricing, contact Exec Dir , Maria Melchionda.

If you know of other summer MA CNE that you would like MSNO to review for sharing out with membership, click here .
School-Based Medicaid Training by Mass Gov

On Thursday May 23, more than 290 MA Nurse Leaders & Managers participated in the state School-based Medicaid Program training (90 in person, 200 live-streaming) that was specific for reimbursement of skilled nursing services. Click here for the FAQ's & guides.
National School Nurse Certification
The next online study group begins Friday, May 31st and will run for 6 weeks before the Summer testing window opens on July 11th! Questions? Contact our NCBSN liaison, Pat Hoban.

2019 Summer Testing Window July 11 - August 7

Registration opened March 21, 2019, and closes June 11, 2019 at 4:00 PM ET.

Who in MA is nationally certified as a school nurse?

Check out the database of Current NCSNs
and this link to current Emeritus NCSN-E!

The National Board for Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN) offers a 6 week online study group on School Nurse Net and it is free to MSNO members through the National Association of School Nurses.

Beginning January 1, 2020, a BSN will be required to sit for the exam.

For more information on NBCSN Certification see
We are pleased to share that MSNO gave permission to MASNRN to use, for a secondary analysis, the Step Up and Be Counted de-identified data collected by MA school nurses and entered into MSNO's survey for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years!

MASNRN meets on a monthly basis except during the summer, and there is no membership fee to join this group. Recognizing your busy schedules we offer you the opportunity to participate by phone (conference call), Zoom (similar to Facebook) or in person. You can choose to participate in studies that interest you. 
Please click here to let Judy Aubin, our MSNO Board Member liaison to MASNRN if you would like to find out more about MASNRN.
MSNO Bills - what's happening now???
MSNO thanks these organizations for the endorsement of our Medicaid and/or Postural Screening bills:

  • Athletic Trainers of MA
  • MA Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
  • MA Nurses Association
  • MA Parent Teachers Association
On Monday June 3, the Joint Committee on Education will be hearing testimony for bills related to Health, Sex Education, and Nutrition. MSNO will be providing testimony for our bill, An act relative to MassHealth provider reimbursement. If you would like to provide testimony or just attend the meeting in support, please contact Jenny Gormley or Carilyn Rains. Thank you!
To learn more:
  1. Read these MSNO e-newsletters,
  2. Follow us on twitter @MSNOmass and facebook,
  3. Attend a MSNO Board meeting - email us to RSVP,
  4. Check out MSNO website - updated regularly!
MSNO Strategic Priorities
  • Increase Advocacy
  • Improve Communication
  • Strengthen Member Opportunities
  • Strengthen Organization Structure
We welcome new & seasoned school nurses on our board: Check us out!
Fostering a culture of collaboration and
advocacy for students!
Jenny M. Gormley, MSNO President
News from NASN
Update from our NASN Director, Doreen Crowe
Registration is still open for the 2019 National Association of School Nurses 51st Annual Conference

Climbing Toward Our Peak

Gaylord Rockies, Denver, CO

June 28-July 1 (precon June 27)

Click here for more information.
If you can't make the conference in person, there is also the opportunity to live-stream it! Click here for more information on the live-stream.
How does MSNO support Massachusetts students and school nurses?
Find out More!

T he MSNO Board meets monthly, either in person in Marlboro, MA, or virtually with video conference calls.
Click here for more info.
MSNO Board Members
President - Elect:
Candidate AnnMarie Schroeder
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
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
Mission of MSNO
What we do
MSNO promotes and advances quality school health services throughout the Commonwealth and promotes the rights, interests and professional growth of our members.