April 4, 2020
Greetings Fellow School Nurses,
I hope this message finds you all safe and well. We are learning to navigate school nursing in challenging and unprecedented times. As I talk with school nurses, I am inspired by the many innovative and creative ideas that have been developed in these few short weeks to help meet the ever changing needs of our students, staff, communities and each other. I realize our email inboxes are constantly bombarded with messages, and that can be overwhelming. I have just a few messages that I wanted to share at this time.
Remember that you make a difference every day. Mr. Rogers said to look for the helpers. Go look in the mirror and look at that person looking back at you! You are a helper. You need to take care of yourself in order to take care of others. Make sure you are eating well, getting some exercise and using healthy coping skills. Reach out to another school nurse to talk about how you are handling things. You have at least one other school nurse email, mine! Think of just one thing every day of which you can be grateful. Change your attitude and it will help!
Our board has made the decision to cancel our May 6, 2020 Dinner Meeting event. We will work to celebrate School Nurses Day together online. Please be thinking of ways we might be able to do that!
I have received messages regarding an email some of you may have received regarding a State Survey from ODH for Potential Personnel. I have contacted OASN and am awaiting additional information. When I receive that, I will forward that on to all of you. At this point, please be sure to check with your school district’s HR and Union representatives regarding any additional employment opportunities.
We will have several vacancies on our Executive Board. We need your help! We need a President, President Elect, VP/Programs and Secretary. Please contact me! The future of our organization depends on additional people stepping up to help lead. Please contact me with questions. Stay safe and be well.
Sharon Schmitz, COASN President
The purpose of this association shall be to promote the health and educational objectives of the local school system and of the state and nation; to protect the welfare and advance the interests of its members; to foster professional attitudes; to promote continuing professional education; and establish and maintain helpful friendly relationships within the membership. The association shall cooperate with the purposes of the Ohio Association of School Nurses and the National Association of School Nurse.
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