I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. As September nears, we enter the school year much like we left - with uncertainty, apprehension,and little information. In the collective years we’ve been school nurses, none of us have experienced anything like the COVID-19 pandemic. We were caught off guard and ill prepared, but I'm so proud that, despite this daunting challenge, we provided effective remote care to our community.
We produced videos that provide COVID-19 information and promote healthy habits during quarantine. We delivered care packages to local hospitals. We supported the Somerset County Food Bank and delivered food from the Franklin Food Bank to families without their own transportation. We visited students of concern and made ourselves available by email and virtually for questions and counseling. Coronavirus came and our schools closed, but, essentially, nothing changed for us - we continued to be school nurses.
Globally, 2020 is a monumental year for our profession. It has been deemed the “International Year of the Nurse and Midwife” in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. This distinction, by the World Health Organization, draws attention to the lack of universal health care worldwide and the crucial role nurses must play in addressing the issue. Our predecessor and the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, reformed a system that was ineffective and unsafe. Now, more than any other time, we are called to follow her lead.
So much has changed since the start of school last September - our freedom and health compromised; our financial security threatened; and our anxiety, most certainly, heightened. Yet, our role in the lives of our students remains constant. They know they can always depend on us for medical care and emotional support. It would be easy to focus on the negatives, but, as school nurses, we are in the position to set a positive tone for our students and faculty. As Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
I look forward to a great year and am grateful that you are a member of the Somerset County School Nurse Association.
Alice Kurian-Hadley RN, MS, NJ-CSN
President of the Somerset County School Nurses Association 2020-2022
The SCSNA website is continually being updated. Please visit again for new features and to e-mail suggestions to the executive board members. Executive board members positions, how to contact, and names are listed on the contacts/ "Executive Board" page. Check out "More" page for some of SCSNA activities during the previous years and current year and to review the SCSNA Bylaws, Revised.
SCSNA Annual Professional Delopment Day When: 8/25-28/2020
How: PD Day will consist of six virtual sessions and will be available for review from 8/25 through 8/28/20. You will receive an invitation to review the sessions
You must complete the survey by 8/28/20 3:00pm in order to receive professional development credits.
Calendar of Events
Welcome to the SCSNA
The Somerset County School Nurses' Association was established in the 1960s as a forum for professional school nurses to:
Address school nursing topics
Foster evidence-based practices or research
Identify optimal health-care practices
Be informed about new legislative bills or laws
Find ways to educate students, parents, community members and educational staff on how to stay safe and maintain a healthy lifestyle and find success in school.
"You cannot educate a child who is not healthy and you cannot keep a child healthy who is not educated"- Former Attorney General Jocelyn Elders.
General Meeting 9/2/2020 3:00-4:00pmTopic: "Guidance for Reopening Schools - CoViD-19 & Working with Your Local BOH" - Part 1 (See calendar)Via: Zoom invitation
General Meeting 10/1/202 Time: 4:30 - 6:00pm
Topic: "Navigating the Road Back for Nurses Part 2"- CoViD-19 Q & A with Staff from Bernards Township Board of Health (See calendar)
Via: Zoom invitation, link to log on will be sent with your RSVP to Programscsna@gmail.com