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,

Can you believe we are getting ready to close out this school year already?!  I know this has been another challenging year for school nurses as we continued to navigate issues around the pandemic.  As the guidelines continue to evolve, we have seen the end of contact tracing in Ohio schools. I know this has been a huge relief as we can again turn our focus to caring for the students and families in our districts.

I was able to go to the OASN conference in person this year, and it was energizing to be together in person with school nurses from all over the state. SWOSNA’s own Dawn Abbott was celebrated as School Nurse of the Year - congratulations Dawn! And our own Pam Buehler was elected President Elect of OASN - Congratulations Pam!. NASN is offering an in-person conference this June in Atlanta, Georgia as well as a virtual option in July.  I hope that you will take advantage of either of these options.  Next year, OASN’s Kate King will be inducted as President of NASN at the conference in Orlando in 2023.  Great things are happening for school nurses in Ohio, and it’s exciting to be a part of that energy.

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 for committees and 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

SPRING GENERAL MEETING - Deadline Wednesday 4/20 at Noon
Date:  Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Time:  6:00-8:00pm (Educational Program 6:30 - 7:30 PM)
Location:  NCR Country Club
                 4435 Dogwood Trail, Kettering OH 45429
Cost:  Includes sit down dinner and facility fees
          $25 SWOSNA members
          $30 Non-members
Topic:  Engaging Technology Tools to Enhance your Nursing Practice
Presenter:  Rebecca Dwenger M.A., ISTE Certified

                   Technology Consultant for Hamilton County ESC

1.  Identify technology tools to enhance their Nursing Practice
2.  Create a resource using one of the technology tools introduced.
3.  Understand how to design information for consumption in today's digital world.
***We encourage you to bring your device(laptop, IPad) with you that evening***

This continuing nursing education program is being provided by OASN
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)

Please click here to register

We are having continued issues w/Paypal and are asking that you pay for your registration at the door that evening.  You can pay by cash or check(made payable to SWOSNA).  Should you register and are unable to make the meeting that evening, we will need to reach out to you for payment after the event.  Thank you for your understanding. 

If you have any problems, please feel free to contact Pam Buehler at


****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. 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. ****

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