Southwest Ohio School Nurses Association

Southwest Ohio School Nurse Association

Welcome to SWOSNA!

A good nurse shares comfort, compassion & caring without a prescription – T. Guillemets

Our Mission

Elevate the quality of school nursing and provide leadership for the delivery of quality health programs for all Southwestern Ohio school children.

SWOSNA has membership with representation from seventeen southwestern Ohio counties: Adams I Auglaize I Brown I Butler I Clark I Clermont I Clinton I Darke I Greene I Hamilton I Highland I Mercer I Miami I Montgomery I Preble I Shelby I Warren.

Message from our President

Hello SouthWest Ohio School Nurses,

As I write this we are well into the 21-22 school year.  I know at the end of last year we all took a collective sigh of relief as we had survived the challenge of navigating the issues related to Covid-19. Much to our chagrin, as we returned to school this year, Covid-19 is still a major part of our daily life. Whether we are contact tracing, answering questions for parents, writing position statements on masking, we have been and remain on the forefront of the Covid-19 crisis.  I know this continues to be stressful, and many of us are feeling burned out and under appreciated.  As we work through this unprecedented time, I encourage you to take a moment and realize the history we are making. It is time for us to help our districts and the public see the important work school nurses do. We are being asked for our opinions and helping create procedures and policies. We are doing great work, and if no one has told you - you are valued and appreciated for the work you continue to do that allows our students to stay safe and healthy in school. 

As we prepare for our January meeting, we realize there is still a need to hold it virtually. We sincerely hope to be able to offer an in person meeting for our winter and spring meetings. However, I am grateful that we have the ability to hold virtual meetings during this time. 

We have updated our contact list for the region. We plan to reach out and offer support and encourage school nurses in the 17 county SouthWest region to join us and participate with SWOSNA.  

I also would like to encourage you to get involved with your professional organizations. SWOSNA only works if we work to make it happen.. We are happy to be able to offer CEUs and a place for school nurses to network and share ideas. Becoming involved with SWOSNA has been a valuable opportunity for me to work with other nurses in the region and at the state level. We are still looking for people to fill openings on the board. If you are interested or have any questions, please reach out to one of us on the board. We would love to hear from you.

Heidi Sandlin, RN, LSN

Date:  Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022
Time:  6:00-8:00pm (Educational Program 6:30 - 7:30 PM)
Location:  Zoom link (to be received once registered)
Topic:  Common mental health disorders and psychotropic medications typically seen in the school-based setting
Presenter:  Andrea Westfall- Psychiatry APP

                  Dayton Children's Hospital

Outcomes:  Learners will be able to identify common mental health disorders seen in the school setting. Learners will be able to identify diagnostic criteria of depression, anxiety, ADHD, identify psychotropic medications used for these diagnoses as well as identify side effects, adverse effects and efficacy of medications

This continuing nursing education program is being provided by Dayton Children's Hospital

1.0 Contact Hours will be provided 

The Ohio Association of School Nurses is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91)

We are offering this CE for no cost.  Please click the link below to register.



Are you an RN with an active license and recent nursing experience who would like to work occasionally as a substitute in one of our Sycamore Community School district buildings?  If you have nursing experience and have an interest in filling in occasionally when needed, please contact the District Nurse Coordinator, Julie Ferron at  
Requirements are an active Ohio RN license, RN and preferably BSN, and current nursing experience preferably with pediatrics, diabetes, or special education, and current CPR certification.

****If you know of any nurses that would be willing to sub in the area in which they live, please have them reach out to their school district's Nurse in charge or Human Resource office to inquire.  Many of our districts are looking for qualified subs and would appreciate any help that you can send their way. ****

Board and Committees

Board Members

President - Heidi Sandlin (

President Elect - position open

Past President - Pam Buehler (

Secretary - position open

Treasurer - Lindsey McGlinch- position is open to be filled

OASN Representative Julie Ferron 

Committee Members

Membership- - Lisa Montgomery- position is open to be filled

Public Relations - position open

Webmaster – position open 

Historian Norma Nikkola 

Ways & Means - position open