KSNO Announcements

  • NEW! School Nurse Emerging Leader Award Nominations Open

    KSNO is pleased to offer a call for nominations for a newly developed school nurse award this year. We call  it the 2024 KSNO School Nurse Emerging Leader Award.

    The purpose of the 2024 KSNO School Nurse Emerging Leader Award is to emphasize the contribution of Kansas school nurses with one (1) to five (5) years' experience practicing in Kansas. This award recognizes one school nurse who demonstrates leadership in their professional role within the school building, the school district, and/or the state of Kansas. Through this award emerging school nurse leaders will be recognized and membership in KSNO will grow.  

    Eligibility:

    • Registered professional nurse who has a minimum of one (1) but not greater than five (5) full school years of experience practicing as a school nurse.
    • Evidence is given in a nomination narrative that the nominee has demonstrated leadership in their professional role within the school building, the school district, and/or the state of Kansas.
    • Membership in KSNO/NASN is NOT a requirement to be eligible to be nominated or to receive the School Nurse Emerging Leader award. 

    Here is your chance to recognize and reward a school nurse, in their second through their fifth full years as a school nurse in Kansas, who has emerged as a leader in their building, district, or the state of Kansas. KSNO is offering this recognition regardless of membership in our organization! To nominate a colleague, just read the attached nomination procedure, complete the requested information, and submit a short narrative describing the way the school nurse has demonstrated leadership!  Scoring of nominations will award points for examples from the following areas where applicable to leadership: standards of practice, care coordination, leadership, quality improvement, and community/public health. 

    (Source: NASN's Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice)

    We want to hear from YOU and we want to shine a light on emerging leaders in our school nurse community. This recipient of this award will be recognized at the 2024 Summer School Nurse Conference in Wichita.

    Deadline for nominations is March 31, 2024.

  • 2024 KSNO School Nurse Administrator of the Year Award Nominations Open

    KSNO seeks to emphasize the contribution of Kansas school nurses by recognizing one school nurse and one school nurse administrator each year who demonstrate excellence and professionalism in school nursing practice. We are now accepting nominations for our 2024 School Nurse and School Nurse Administrator of the Year awards. The recipients of these awards will be recognized at the Summer Nurse Conference in July. DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS is March 31, 2024.

    Who is eligible for the School Nurse Administrator of the Year award?

    • Registered professional nurse who is a member of KSNO/NASN for the current and preceding five years.
    • Spends at least 50% of contract time in supervisory duties.
    • Must not be on the NASN Board of Directors or NASN officer at the time of nomination.

    What are the nomination criteria? Evidence of excellence and professionalism in school nursing based on the current edition of School Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (ANA and NASN). Evaluation of nominees will be scored using the following rubric: 

    • Provider of Client Care 10% 
    • Program Management 20% 
    • Health Education 20% 
    • Professional Development 10% 
    • Political/Legislative Involvement 20% 
    • Community Involvement 10% 
    • Involved in Research 10%

    I know an excellent and professional nurse! How can I nominate a school nurse?

    • Read the School Nurse Administrator of the Year Nomination Procedures attached. Gather the information requested about your nominee and yourself as the nominator. We invite you to include your nominee in the process so you have complete and accurate information.
    • Complete a narrative describing the nominee's contributions to school nursing. Include examples of excellence and professionalism. See the evaluation rubric above to include as many elements as possible in order to get the greatest score for your nominee!
    • Solicit for and include supporting letters. Supporting letters may be from anyone with examples of your nominee's contributions such as school administrators, teachers, parents, students, school nurse peers, and others. 
    • Submission deadline for nominations is March 31, 2024.

    Submit nominations using your choice of one of these three methods: 

    1. email to Katy Carter, KSNO Awards Chair, at kcarter@usd266.com   -OR-
    2. Use the School Nurse Administrator of the Year Online Nomination link:

      Google Forms: Sign-in

    3. Mail to Katy Carter RN, School Nurse

                     Maize South High School

                     3701 N. Tyler,

                     Wichita, KS  67205

    On behalf of the KSNO Board of Directors, we ask that our mailboxes and our inboxes overflow with nominations! There are excellent school nurses all over Kansas who would be honored to receive this award. Let us know who they are through your nominations!

    With respect and anticipation,

    Katy Carter, BSN RN NCSN, Awards Chair

    kcarter@usd266.com for questions!

  • 2024 Kansas School Nurse of the Year Nominations Open

    KSNO seeks to emphasize the contribution of Kansas school nurses by recognizing one school nurse and one school nurse administrator each year who demonstrate excellence and professionalism in school nursing practice. We are now accepting nominations for our 2024 School Nurse and School Nurse Administrator of the Year awards. The recipients of these awards will be recognized at the Summer Nurse Conference in July. DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS is March 31, 2024.

    Who is eligible for the School Nurse of the Year award?

    • Registered professional school nurse who is a member of KSNO/NASN for the current and preceding two years.
    • Minimum of five years' experience as a school nurse.
    • Spends at least 50% of contract time in direct care to students.
    • Must not be on the NASN Board of Directors or NASN officer at the time of nomination.

      What are the nomination criteria? Evidence of excellence and professionalism in school nursing based on the current edition of School Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (ANA and NASN). Evaluation of nominees will be scored using the following rubric: 

      • Provider of Client Care 10% 
      • Program Management 20% 
      • Health Education 20% 
      • Professional Development 10% 
      • Political/Legislative Involvement 20% 
      • Community Involvement 10% 
      • Involved in Research 10%

      I know an excellent and professional nurse! How can I nominate a school nurse?

      • Read the School Nurse of the Year Nomination Procedures attached. Gather the information requested about your nominee and yourself as the nominator. We invite you to include your nominee in the process so you have complete and accurate information.
      • Complete a narrative describing the nominee's contributions to school nursing. Include examples of excellence and professionalism. See the evaluation rubric above to include as many elements as possible in order to get the greatest score for your nominee!
      • Solicit for and include supporting letters. Supporting letters may be from anyone with examples of your nominee's contributions such as school administrators, teachers, parents, students, school nurse peers, and others. 
      • Submission deadline for nominations is March 31, 2024.

      Submit nominations using your choice of one of these three methods: 

      1. email to Katy Carter, KSNO Awards Chair, at kcarter@usd266.com   -OR-
      2. Use the School Nurse of the Year Online Nomination link:  

          Google Forms: Sign-in

      3.  Mail to Katy Carter RN, School Nurse

                       Maize South High School

                       3701 N. Tyler,

                       Wichita, KS  67205

      On behalf of the KSNO Board of Directors, we ask that our mailboxes and our inboxes overflow with nominations! There are excellent school nurses all over Kansas who would be honored to receive this award. Let us know who they are through your nominations!

      With respect and anticipation,

      Katy Carter, BSN RN NCSN, Awards Chair

      kcarter@usd266.com for questions!

    • KSNO School Administrator of the Year Nominations Open

      Purpose: Administrator of the Year Award

      KSNO wishes to publicly recognize one or more administrators (Superintendent or Principal) during the School Nurse Conference in July in Wichita.

      Criteria:

      1. An effective advocate for child/student wellbeing.
      2. An effective advocate for the delivery of school health services to students.
      3. The nominating person should be a current employee of the administrator whom they are nominating.

      Nomination Procedure:

      1. State nominee's name, current position, home/business address, and home/business phone numbers.
      2. State your name, title, home address, and home/business phone numbers.
      3. Provide a one to two-page narrative describing the nominee's role in advocating for child/student wellbeing and/or delivery of school health services to students.

      Application deadline is March 31, 2024.

      Submit application by

      1) email to Katy Carter, RN, School Nurse at kcarter@usd266.com or

      2) mail to Katy Carter, RN, School Nurse Maize South High School 3701 N. Tyler Wichita, Kansas 67205 36

    • Virtual School Nurse Forums

      Greenbush Education Service Center is offering a series of free, virtual forums for school nurses related to student mental health. Registration for each session is required. See linked flyer for details. 

    • New Nurse Virtual Mentoring Sessions

      Are you a new Kansas School Nurse? Join us for the monthly virtual meetings just for new nurses!

      Each session begins at 4:15 and ends at 5:15. The presentations will be posted to the KSNO website after each session for future reference and accessible by KSNO members under Resources-->For New Nurses.

      Here's the schedule:

      September 14th: Time Management, Over the Counter Medication Guidelines and Meal Modification.

      October 12th: Semester Checklist, Emergency Action Plans and Individual Health Plans Q&A and samples. 

      November 9th: Seizures

      December 14: Concussion identification and management plan

      January 11th: Diabetes and School Management Plan: School Nurse Role.

      February 8th: Vaccine Education and Scholarships and Furthering Education

      March 14th : Ortho Emergencies

      April 11th: Planning for the next school year

      May 9th: Celebrating Successes and De-brief from the school year.
      Mark your calendar, make your list of questions, and plan to attend for great info from experienced school
      nurses!
      Check back for the link to each month's meeting!

      This link will be used for the remainder of the 2023-2024 Sessions.

      Join Zoom Meeting
      https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88644765187?pwd=a6YocqjuZnDwyOOc3CTtLchJxaziKu.1
       
      Meeting ID: 886 4476 5187
      Passcode: 716929

    • 45th Annual School Health Conference at Children's Mercy Kansas City

      Friday, July 21, 2023 8 am - 3 pm.
      Continental breakfast and lunch included
      5 CNE awarded
      Free to attend

    • 34th Annual Statewide Summer Conference for Kansas School Nurses

      Strengthening the Essentials: Foundations for Student Health. Brochure, registration, and hotel information here.

    • Reject Changes to Kansas Vaccine Laws by Monday

      Immunize KS Coalition is asking pro vaccine organizations and individuals to sign on to their letter opposing changes to vaccine policy.  They need the letter signed by Monday, April 24th. Please consider signing on. 

      From the Immunize Kansas Coalition:

      Together, we can make a difference in protecting all Kansans from vaccine-preventable diseases. We invite you to join a sign-on letter to lawmakers, urging them to reject changes to vaccine policies. Signees have the ability to sign as an individual or as an organization. The letter will serve as a joint effort to make our voices heard; educating lawmakers about the importance of sustaining current vaccine requirements, existing vaccine exemptions, and maintaining the ability to respond quickly and effectively to future infectious disease outbreaks in our state.

    • 2023 Kansas School Nurse Conference

      Registration is now open. 
      Brochure with complete information is coming soon. 
      Click here to register.

    • 2023 Kansas School Nurse Conference--Information for Sponsors and Vendors