January 6, 2019; Vol 2, Issue 16
Happy New Year 2020 - MSNO is 50 years "old"!
Do you know a SCHOOL NURSE who has gone above and beyond for their school community?

Can you identify a SCHOOL NURSE ADMINISTRATOR who has excelled in their support of school nurses they lead?

Then, please nominate them for MSNO's 2020 School Nurse or School Nurse Administrator of the Year Awards! Award recipients will be recognized at the MSNO 50th Anniversary Celebration April 4th and at the award recipient's local school committee meeting. The award recipients will also receive a $1000 check. What a great way to acknowledge a colleague's value to the school community!
Deadline is Jan 20th, 2020!
Click here for nomination forms.
MA Department of Public Health Grant Opportunity
for Non-Public MA Schools

Comprehensive School Health Services—Non-Public Schools, Request for Response (RFR) # 201029

Bidder's Conference Jan. 7
Letter of Intent Jan. 9
Deadline for submission Jan. 24

Click here for more information.
50 Reasons Why
To celebrate MSNO's 50th anniversary, we are gathering the top 50 reasons for joining MSNO/NASN. We'd like to hear from you ! Click here to tell us your top 2-3 reasons for joining MSNO/NASN!

Wondering about the status of the Postural Screening and School Medicaid reimbursement bills? An update is coming soon!
The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) is sponsoring a media contest about data. Deadline for entry is Jan. 31, 2020.
Click here for more information!
Click here for the New England School Nurse Conference flyer. Registration coming soon!
National Board of Certification of School Nurses
Certification Examination

The exam will be available to three testing windows in 2020:

  1. Spring Testing Window: March 5 – 18, 2020. Registration: November 14, 2019 – February 5, 2020
  2. Summer Testing Window: July 9 – August 5, 2020. Registration: March 19 – June 9, 2020
  3. Fall Testing Window: November 5 – 18, 2020. Registration Window: August 6 – October 5, 2020

For further information, please see https://www.nbcsn.org/ncsn/examination/

Please remember as of January 1, 2020, Eligibility Requirements changed.
Eligible candidates must:
  1. Submit a copy of their license as a registered nurse (RN) in one of the United States.
  2. Submit an academic transcript or proof of current certification, demonstrating attainment of one of the following: *A bachelor’s degree or higher in nursing or the equivalent in other countries OR current certification by NBCSN as an NCSN.
  3. Meet the clinical practice requirements of a minimum of 1,000 hours that have been worked within the three years prior to taking the test. 1000 hours is roughly equivalent to the hours worked by a full-time school nurse who works at least 6 hours/day for a school year of 180 days documented by a note on letterhead from your supervisor or district official. See below for more information about clinical practice requirements.
  4. Complete the online application to take the certification examination for school nurses.
  5. Pay the required fee.

For further information, please see https://www.nbcsn.org/ncsn/eligibility/

A Six Week Online Study Group is offered through School Nurse Net.
Candidates for the online study group have to be MSNO members. To join the study group, sign into School Nurse Net through NASN website, use the drop down on upper right to go to Communities and find “National Certification Exam Candidates”. The next online study group will begin on Friday, January 31, 2020! Please pass the word on to your colleagues who are interested in sitting for the exam in the Spring of 2020.

Any questions contact
Pat Hoban, NBCSN MA. Liaison
Winter Continuing Education
Click on the links below for School Nurse Continuing Education with ANCC contact hours offered by:

Job Postings
MSNO will post jobs on our website at no cost to MSNO members. Non-member cost to post a job is $100. To learn how to post a job, please scroll down to "Post a Job Listing on our Website" on this web page: https://msno.org/resources/#jobs

Click here for job postings.
In any given classroom, at least two or three students are likely to have asthma. Clearing the Air: An Asthma Toolkit for Healthy Schools is a new toolkit containing sample policy language, best practices, and curated resources & tools to help schools create an asthma-friendly environment. This is a project of the MA Asthma Action Partnership, Health Resources in Action, and the MA DPH’s Asthma Prevention and Control Program. Join this webinar on Tuesday, January 21 st  at 3 p.m. to learn more.  https://hria.zoom.us/j/725703630. For questions, please contact Stacey Chacker at schacker@hria.org .
MSNO Board Members
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, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN
Co-Chair NESNC Liaison & Region 8
School Nurse
Medford Public Schools

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