September 27, 2019; Vol 2, Issue 5

Thank you to those who came Sat Sept 21 to beautiful Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA, for our first MSNO conference of the new school year! Thank you to Retired NH Chief Justice John Borderick, Senator Jamie Eldridge, and School Nurses Jamy Gaynor, EdD, MS, BSN, RN, FCCS and Adria Pavletic, MN, MA, BS for your informative and stimulating presentations.
Jamy Gaynor
presenting on mindfulness
Retired NH Chief Justice John Broderick presenting about reducing mental health stigma
Adria Pavletic
presenting on supporting students with mentla health challenges
L to R: Past President Carilyn Rains, President Jenny Gormley, Sen Jamie Eldridge
Future, Current, and Past MSNO Presidents with other Board Members
Pictured left to right
1st row: Doreen Crowe, Marie DeSisto, Judi McAuliffe
2nd row: Marette Power, Kathy Hassey, Jenny Gormley, Carilyn Rains
Jenny Gormley and Jamy Gaynor with Fruitlands' view to New Hampshire
Jenny Gormley's letter to the editor of her local paper, The Harvard Press, to thank Fruitlands Museum and raise awareness of the efforts by school nurses to address youth mental health challenges.
We also held a brief MSNO meeting to vote for
MSNO Officers
starting July 1, 2020:

President: Doreen Crowe
President-elect: Cathryn Hampson
Secretary: Jamy Gaynor
Treasurer: Lee Waingortin
NASN Director: Carilyn Rains

Vice-President of Programs: no candidate yet

Immediate Past President (vote not required by bylaws): Jenny Gormley

Congratulations to these Leaders in School Nursing and we are grateful for your volunteer efforts to support all MA students & school nurses!

We are also voted to update our bylaws . Click here to read a comparison of our previous and new updated bylaws. In future newsletters, we will highlight some of the changes. Thank you to those who voted!

Joining MSNO and attending meetings offers members a chance to network and cultivate relationships with others in the School Nursing world over time. Check out Rose Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN's   article about the benefits of joining a professional association and the art of networking.
Last call: Every Student Counts! closes Oct 1.
Time is running out, make sure your district/school data is submitted by October 1st !! 
 See important information and links below; we want data submissions from as many public school districts and private/independent/parochial schools as possible!
NASN's    Every Student Counts!    data initiative is vital for advancing school nursing practice, and all data collected can and should be used at the school, district, and statewide levels.

Before submitting your data, please review NASN's   data point definitions .    You will be providing data in three areas:
  • health office staffing
  • chronic conditions (students with diagnosed asthma, Type 1 or 2 Diabetes, seizure disorder, life-threatening allergies)
  • health office visit dispositions

Familiarizing yourself with the specific definitions is important for high-quality data.

  MSNO will share out aggregate (not individual) data via our newsletter and website after the survey closes.
Any questions? Please contact  Betty Foster , our state data coordinator
Welcome to the new Department of Public Health School Health Unit Director,
Karen Jarvis-Vance MBA(c), MSN, RN, NCSN !
Prior to becoming the Director of the School Health Unit, Karen spent thirteen years as the Director of Health, Safety and Equity Programs for the Northampton Public Schools, and had also functioned as the Program Director for the Northampton Prevention Coalition, which is federally funded to reduce youth substance use in the City of Northampton. Karen currently serves her hometown as vice-chair of the East Longmeadow Board of Health. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Fitchburg State University, her Master's in Nursing Management from Elms College, and her MBA, with a concentration in Healthcare Leadership, also from Elms College. Karen is a Nationally Certified School Nurse, a member of MSNO, and an inactive member of Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Beta chapter.

MSNO looks forward to future communications & collaborations with the New Director of the MA DPH School Health Unit!
We hope that the start of the school year, while busy, went well.
We would like to encourage school nurses and others interested in the practice of school nursing to join MASNRN! All you need is an interest in learning about research; We’ll help you with the rest! Have a question or concern about data or practice? We can help you solve the mystery! There are no membership fees.

We meet on a monthly basis except during the summer. 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.

We are currently reviewing the data on our most recent study- reviewing HPV vaccine participation for seventh grade students. We continue to look for grant opportunities and are waiting for the results of our application to NASN-ANF; we should hear soon!

Our next meeting is October 9th . We will be meeting at the Newton Wellesley Hospital, 2014 Washington St, Newton, MA, Bowles conference room #2. Board meetings are held 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Please contact me if you need additional information (including the conference call number, zoom information or if you plan on attending.)
--Judy Aubin   
Are you a school nurse or school nurse administrator involved with the MA Action Coalition (MAAC) project?
MSNO, along with the MA Association of Public Health Nurses and the MA Health Council, are supporting the MAAC Culture of Health project, which has received partial funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Libraries of Medicine.
In order to promote student health literacy, MAAC is training nurse leaders from non school health specialties to volunteer their expertise and make connections to resources available to the School Wellness Committees in th ese towns:

New Bedford
Old Rochester
and Winthrop.

Please let MSNO know how this MAAC project is going in your town: contact Jenny Gormley at

If you have questions about MAAC or if you are interested in joining this effort in your local community, contact Pat Crombie, MSN, RN, at .
High School Nurses: Encourage Your Students to Join a Student Health Club!
The Massachusetts Health Council has been working for nearly 100 years to create a culture of health in the Commonwealth by engaging schools and communities in thoughtful conversation. The Massachusetts Student Health Club is a forum where high school students can join a student health club and receive materials plans, materials and resources to educate and initiate meaningful conversation. Topics include nutrition and fitness, vaping, substance abuse, healthy relationships, social determinants of health and more. Share this information booklet with your students, or show them this fun video!
SAVE THE DATE: April 4th, 2020

for MSNO's celebration of 50 years of promoting and advancing school health services and nurses in Massachusetts
2020 is the 50th anniversary
for MSNO!
Also, The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth!

MSNO was the 1st professional nursing organization in MA focusing on both the health needs of students and the school nurses who serve them. We are joined by a number of other types of organizations that we wish to recognize for our long-time MSNO members and for nurses new to school nursing in Massachusetts.
Fall Continuing Education
Click on the links below for fall Continuing Nursing Education specific to School Nurses offered by:

Massachusetts School Nurses in the News!
Have you or a colleague been featured in local media or published article? Please share with , and we will share here with the membership!
Job Opportunities
$100 fee waived if person requesting posting is a current MSNO member! Click here for jobs, and scroll down web page for listings.
NASN Resources
Professional Practice Documents approved at the June NASN Board Meeting are now available on the NASN website. Adopted position statements include the following: 

  • Nursing Delegation in the School Setting
  • Emergency Preparedness;
  • School-sponsored Before, After, and Extended School Year Programs - The Role of the School Nurse;
  • School-sponsored Trips - The Role of the School Nurse;
  • Service Animals in Schools.

The link below will take you to the page: 


Grant and Scholarship Opportunities from NASN
Educational Advancement Scholarships: Deadline October 15th
Research Grants: Deadline October 31st
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
Following our vote September 21st, we are pleased to announce that Doreen Crowe will be the new MSNO President starting July 1, 2020
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
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.