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Volume 15 Issue 2

From the AZSNC Board

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School Nurses Make the Difference

Academic Bridge to Community Health


Fall 2014

The 27th Annual School Health Nursing Seminar, “Bringing School Health Trends into Focus”, will again be held at the Chaparral Suites Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. The dates are July 14 th, 15th, and 16th. The brochure should have already reached your school, if you did not receive one, go to our website to find it. This seminar is designed for experienced school nurses, nurses new to the specialty of school nursing, LPNs and UAP’s (unlicensed assistive personnel), both new and experienced. As in previous years, we have utilized the evaluations from last year and current health issues to ensure that we have a dynamic program for this year’s seminar. Plan on joining us. Registration fees will remain the same as last year and attending for three Continued on Page 4

National Nurses Week May 5th - 12th, 2014 National School Nurses Day Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Interested in AZSNC Meetings? No scheduled meeting at this time Meetings are held at: Arizona Nurses Association 1850 E. Southern Avenue Tempe, AZ Meeting subject to change, confirm date and time at:

Inside this issue: HPV Vaccination


Seminar Contact Information


Barrow Neurological Institute


ADHS - SunWise Program


Seminar Registration Helpful Hints


Educational Opportunities/Resources


School Nurse Recognition Form


School Administrator Recognition Form


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“You Are the Key” to Cancer Prevention - HPV Vaccination: Arizona School Health Offices Making a Difference” Gail Peterson Hock, MS, RN, PHCNS The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI), Program Manager - Community Partnerships School nurses have been at the forefront of protecting their populations from disease since the time of Lina Rogers and the Henry Street Settlement. It took just one short month, in 1902, for the New York City Board of Health to realize the value of Lina Rogers and her illness prevention protocols brought to overcrowded schools. Recognizing nursing’s value in preventing communicable disease, and reducing absenteeism, the New York City Board of Health hired a dozen more school nurses and promoted Ms. Rogers to the position of Superintendent of School Nurses as their leader.1 Arizona school nurses, and the health assistants they supervise, continue to be on the frontline of preventing communicable diseases ensuring review of immunization records and referral to health care providers for the vaccines children need now and for their futures. Through rigorous adherence to vaccine requirements for school entrance, our sixth grade and tenth grade students’ 2012-2013 coverage levels for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) and one dose of meningococcal conjugate (MV/MCV) vaccine exceed the Healthy People 2020 objective of 80% coverage.2 Arizona coverage of Tdap and MV/MCV exceeded Healthy People 2020 with levels of greater than 90% for sixth and tenth grades!3 The Advisory Council on Immunization Practice (ACIP) recommended Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for girls in 2007 and for boys in 2011.4 Although HPV vaccine is safe and routinely recommended at the same age, 11-12 years, as Tdap and the first dose of MV/MCV5 only 53% of Arizona’s teen girls have received one or more doses of HPV vaccine.6 Nearly all people are exposed to HPV in their lifetimes and transmission is possible with any type of intimate contact. In the United States HPV causes nearly 17,000 cancers in women and 9,000 cancers in men annually.7 Health care providers know that HPV infections may lead to cervical cancer and can assume that HPV causes cancers of the base of the tongue, the tonsils, soft palate and throat.8 The incidence of HPV positive oral cancers has increased by 225%. If this upward trend continues the number of HPV related cancers of the mouth and throat is expected to exceed the yearly number of cervical cancers by 2020.9 TAPI understands the competing priorities each school health office faces and that HPV is not a required immunization for school entrance. The voices of school health personnel are powerful; parents, teachers and school administrators trust you. HPV vaccine is safe and prevents cancer in our children’s futures. Please join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Arizona Department of Health Services and TAPI in educating parents that; 1) HPV vaccine is safe and recommended at ages 11-12 (for both boys and girls) and is given at the same time as Tdap and MC/MCV, 2) HPV vaccine can prevent cancer in their child’s future and 3) we give all vaccines before a child may be exposed to that disease to protect them (including the annual flu vaccine!). TAPI thanks all Arizona School Health Office personnel for the work you do to keep Arizona’s young people healthy now and prepared for a healthy, productive adulthood. For more evidence based information on vaccines visit TAPI’s website Click on for HPV vaccine related resources. Please remember, as the CDC says, “You Are the Key” to preventing cancer in your students’ futures by educating parents about HPV vaccine. School nurses, and the health office personnel they supervise, play a valuable role in protecting children before they go to college, become adults and are out on their own. We appreciate your efforts in sharing evidence based health information with parents, teachers, and school administrators on the importance of HPV vaccination and cancer prevention for Arizona’s children. Footnotes 1Vessey, J. & McGowan, K. (2006). A successful public health experiment; School nursing. 32 (3). 255-256. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9


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27th Annual School Health Nursing Seminar Important Information The contact information for the Seminar Registrar was left out of the Seminar Brochure. Contact information for Denise Allen is:

Telephone ~ 480.276.6025 Fax ~ 480.659.8154 Email ~ [email protected] FREE Community Educational Conference: Recent Advances in Pediatric Epilepsy Presented by: Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix’s Children’s Hospital & The Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona

When: Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Where: Phoenix Children’s Hospital Melvin L. Cohen Conference Center 1920 E. Cambridge Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85006 To Register: Space is limited, please register online at:

Arizona Department of Health Services’ SunWise Program offers free activities & incentives to help educators meet state SunWise mandate Free Mandated Curriculum (all k-8 public & charter schools are mandated to teach SunWise activities every year). Get mandated SunWise curriculum via email! Simply contact Sharon McKenna at Sharon. [email protected] or 602-364-3143. Visit the SunWise website at to download other free activities & skin cancer fact sheets. All k-8 public & charter schools are required to teach 3-5 SunWise activities within the school year as part of the SunWise mandate passed by the state legislature in 2005. SunWise activities average 20 minutes. Participating in the poster contest counts as an activity! You can also incorporate SunWise activities into your existing events like Field Days or Science Day. We can provide free events at your school & ideas throughout the year. Did you know Arizona ranks No. 2 in the world in skin cancer, the most preventable of all cancers! Free School Assemblies (year-round) We offer free hour-long assemblies, faculty workshops & presentations to schools & organizations. To schedule, simply email available dates & times & we’ll check the schedule. We can book a year in advance. Dates go quickly so please email asap. “Be SunWise and Play Sun Smart” Poster-Drawing Contest (February 1 - April 29, 2014) Mail us your best Sun-Wise picture today & you could win! Every entrant & teacher receives a personalized Certificate of Recognition. Winner, winner’s teacher & families receive VIP tickets, tour & parking to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ “Be SunWise & Play SunSmart” celebratory baseball game on Sunday, June 8. Winner & teacher receive an on-field awards, Jumbotron and press coverage, & artwork is reproduced into a professional poster for use by the SunWise Program. There are 50 semifinalists, at least two from every grade (pre-k through 12th grade) eligible to win. Winner and semifinalists are chosen by the Dbacks. Visit the SunWise homepage:

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From the AZSNC Board - continued from Front Page days gives you a break in the cost of the seminar. Once again we will offer scholarships to attend the seminar. If you submit a application for a scholarship, please make sure that you will be able to use it. If you receive the scholarship and then cancel, it takes away from an individual who could have used it. Scholarships are available for room nights and for registration fees. Information on applying for a scholarship is available on our website - Our Recognition Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, July 16th . On pages 6 and 7, you will find forms for nominating Outstanding School Nurses and/or Administrators. The process is simple, consider recognizing a deserving school nurse or administrator.

From the Seminar Registrar If you plan to attend the 27th Annual School Health Nursing Seminar, the following tips will help process your registration form in a timely manner: • Please write or print legibly. • Your summer contact information is most important. Confirmations are sent via email, so make sure it is an address that you will be checking in June & July. Make sure it will not go to your spam folder. • Give a summer address, summer email address & summer phone number. • Be sure to mark your sessions clearly for each day that an alternate is offered. • If you are staying at the Chaparral Suites, please be sure to ask for the conference rate when making the reservation. • If someone else will be registering for you, make sure they have all the requested information on the registration form. • Be sure to mark if you are an RN, LPN, or OHOP. This helps us get you into the correct sessions during the seminar. • Recertification requires proof of prior certification. Those without proof are required to attend the initial training. Certification proof must not have expired greater than one month from taking the recertification course. If you have questions about registration, be sure to contact the registrar via email or phone. There is no problem with multiple questions or clarifications. Apply for a Seminar Scholarship. It’s easy. Ask your PTA/PTO for a sponsorship. Ask your local pediatrician or family care practitioner to sponsor you. Ask your administrator to be creative and find funds for you to attend. Note: The conference center is kept cool due to the amount of individuals in the rooms and the constant opening & closing of outside doors, please bring a sweater or jacket.


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9th Annual Barrow Traumatic Brain Injury Symposium March 31st, 2014 Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ ~ On-line registration at: 21st Annual Arizona Immunization Conference April 23rd and 24th, 2014 Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ More details available soon at Arizona Immunization Program Office: Questions? Contact [email protected] ~ (602) 364-3635 Camp Not-A-Wheeze - May 31st - June 6th, 2014 in Prescott, AZ Contact: 602-258-7505 ~ National Association of School Nurses (NASN) ~ 46th Annual Conference ~ San Antonio, TX June 28th - July 1st, 2014 ~ “Inaugural Health & Nutrition Services Conference” September 25-27th, 2014 ~ Loews Ventana Canyon Resort ~ Tucson Look for more info from ADE at a later date ****************************************************************************

Arizona Asthma Coalition ~ Meeting dates 6/24/2014; 9/24/2014; 12/10/2014 ~ check out the website for Agenda & Speakers Location ~ 2929 N. Central Avenue, Suite 1550, Phx ~ 3:00 pm Arizona Collaborative for Adolescent Health - - Offer Learning Opportunities to Improve Adolescent Health & Valuable Resource Information Arizona Department of Health Services ~ New discussion guide provides information about how to treat school-age children with anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis and Schools: Developing Policies for Treating Students with Severe Allergic Reactions, which was produced by the National Association of State Boards of Education, identifies state, district, & individual school policy solutions; highlights solutions that are already addressing the issue; & provides a framework for discussion that can lead to the development of new policies & other state-level actions. Topics include an introduction to the issue, elements of a comprehensive policy, & state actions. Discussion questions and worksheets are included. Arizona Funeral, Cemetery & Cremation Association’s Foundation for Children ~ Contact info: J. Peter Armada, CEO. Email: [email protected] ~ Phone: 480-649-1144 ~ Fax: 480-649-0362 ~ School Nurse Coordinator, Mary Freeland 653-694-8558. (A.F.C.C.A. is former A.F.D.A. Arizona Funeral Director’s Association) Health and Nutrition Services - Nerisssa Emers RN, BA, CSN, School Health and Nutrition Services, Division of Academic Achievement, Arizona Department of Education, Program Specialist/School Nursing Coordinator/Local Wellness Policy Coordinator ~ [email protected] 1535 W Jefferson Street Bin #7 ~ Phx, AZ 85007 ~ 602.542.4220 Direct Line ~ 602.542.1531 Fax TAPI - The Arizona Partnership for Immunization Provides numerous education resources to the community ~


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School Nurse Recognition The honorees will be recognized at the Annual School Health Nursing Seminar during lunch on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Honorees who are not registered at the seminar will be a guest at the luncheon. For additional guests, there will be a lunch fee. Complete the information below carefully so that the school nurse can be contacted in a timely manner regarding her/his recognition nomination. The recognition form is Due by June 13, 2014. **(Please note - if you are recognizing someone then you must be in attendance the day of the Recognition Luncheon). School Nurse: ADN, Diploma, BSN, MSN, etc: Name: __________________________________ Summer Phone #: _______________________________

*Summer Email: __________________________________________________________________________ School and District: ________________________________________________________________________ Nominated by: _________________

Working relationship to nominee: _________________________

Phone (include area codes): (Cell) ____________________ (Home) _______________________________ *Personnel Email: ________________________________________________________________________ Special Achievement/Program This Year: This must be something that is above and beyond the minimum expectations to meet job requirements, use additional paper if needed. Please be specific.

__________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________

Retiring School Nurses: (With 5 or more years of school nursing experience, including service both within and outside of Arizona. Please attach sheets for additional space). 1.

Name: _______________________________ Address: _______________________________ Phone: _______________________________ Years of Service: _______________________________

School District: City/Zip: Email:

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Name: _______________________________ Address: _______________________________ Phone: _______________________________ Years of Service: _______________________________

School District: City/Zip: Email:

____________________________________ ____________________________________ ____________________________________

Return completed form to:

Diana Walsh Arizona School Nurse Consortium PO Box 23688 Tempe, AZ 85285-3688 Telephone - 602.276.3046 Email - [email protected]

* Recognition notification will be done via email, please give summer contact information


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School Administrator Recognition This is your opportunity to recognize your school principal, superintendent, or any other school administrator who has demonstrated outstanding support for school nurses, and/or school health services. The honorees will be recognized at the Annual School Health Nursing Seminar during lunch on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Each honoree will be a guest at the luncheon. For additional guests, there will be a lunch fee. Please complete the following information and return this form by June 13, 2014 . **(Please note - if you are recognizing someone then you must be in attendance the day of the Recognition Luncheon). Complete the information below carefully so that the administrator can be contacted in a timely manner regarding his/her recognition nomination. Name: ____________________________________________

Position: ____________________________

School District: _____________________________________

School ______________________________

Phone (include area codes): (H) _______________________

(W) ________________________________

*Email: __________________________________________________________________________________ Nominated by: _______________________________

Position: __________________________________

Phone (include area codes): (H) _____________________________

(W) __________________________

*Email: _________________________________________________________________________________

Special Support This Year: Please be specific, attach additional sheets if needed. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Return completed form to:

Diana Walsh, Awards Chairperson Arizona School Nurse Consortium PO Box 23688 Tempe, AZ 85285-3688 Telephone - 602.276.3046 Email - [email protected]

* Recognition notification will be done via email, please give summer contact information.


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Mission Statement: To provide leadership to Arizona school nurses and support for comprehensive Toschool providehealth leadership to Arizona school nursespartnerships, and support and for comprehensive programs through education, coalition building. school health programs through education, partnerships, and coalition building. Contact us: us: Contact Acting President Diana Walsh 602-276-3046 [email protected] President Diana Walsh [email protected] 602-276-3046 Vice Vice - President Lynette Cook [email protected] - President Lynette Wiltgen [email protected] Secretary Mary Hallett 480-945-5787 [email protected] 480-945-5787 Secretary Mary Hallett [email protected] Treasurer Denise Allen 480-276-6025 [email protected] Treasurer Denise Allen [email protected] 480-276-6025 ASHAR Karen Reuter 602-449-3003 [email protected] ASHAR Karen Reuter [email protected] 602-449-3003 CHIP-AZ Software Mary Hallett 480-945-5787 [email protected] CHIP-AZ Software Mary Hallett [email protected] 480-945-5787 Education/Seminar Denise Allen 480-276-6025 [email protected] Education/Seminar Denise Allen [email protected] 480-276-6025 Lynette Cook [email protected] Lynette Wiltgen [email protected] Eileen Dolmage Eileen Dolmage [email protected] [email protected] Stephanie Klever [email protected] Stephanie Klever [email protected] Diana Walsh 602-276-3046 [email protected] Diana Walsh [email protected] 602-276-3046 Guidelines Diana Walsh 602-276-3046 [email protected] 602-276-3046 Health Manual Street Newsletter Diana Walsh [email protected] Health Street Newsletter Diana Walsh 602-276-3046 [email protected] Legislative Mary Hallett [email protected] 480-945-5787 Legislative Mary Hallett 480-945-5787 [email protected] Website Allie Ernst [email protected] [email protected] Website AllieKruger Ernst Members Laurel [email protected] Members Laurel Kruger [email protected] Diana Walker [email protected] Sara McWhorter [email protected] Diana Walker [email protected] VOLUME 15 ISSUE 2

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