We’ve crossed another Labor Day Weekend off the calendar and the 2013-14 school year is beginning. It’s a new year and a new opportunity for students and staff. I am excited to share the year with you. As president of DSNA I was fortunate enough to attend the NASN Leadership Academy in Orlando prior to the annual conference. The theme was: “Advocacy – the deliberate process of influencing those who make policy decisions”. So I will ask you – Who are the decision makers in your school? Do these decision makers influence, shape or impact your practice? I believe that unless we teach them, these decision makers (administrators, teachers, parents) do not know what school nurses do. This year I challenge you to accept your role as an independent practitioner in the school setting. Embrace that leadership position, get out of your office and become a visible presence in the school. You have something unique to contribute to the school community. Become a relentless advocate for yourself and your school nursing practice. DPAS II component 5 was designed to help you identify what you do that has the biggest impact in your school. We can all agree that last year that system was quite a challenge. This year let’s reframe it and look at it as an opportunity to let your administration see what you do best – and that will be different for each of you.
The accomplishments of Delaware school nurses that have been in the news lately are reflective of the level of excellence among all school nurses. Take every opportunity to share your story with others. What would your school be like if you weren’t there? What can you do to put the focus on school nursing? We have many important stories to tell.
DSNA is working hard to support the specialty practice of school nursing. The organization is only as strong as its members. We are taking steps to make this a more inclusive organization. To this end we have changed the SNOY process to give all nurses a chance to showcase their practice. We are restructuring the conference schedule to provide 2 all-day Saturday conferences with the fall conference focusing on practice issues and the spring conference a celebration on school nursing in Delaware. We invite you to attend the Executive Board meetings (see the website for the schedule) and are currently looking for members of a “social committee” in each county to provide nurses with the opportunity to network in a non-educational setting. If you like to have fun, we want to hear from you. Look for new monthly postings on the website- NOTES FROM THE CONFERENCE AND SPOTLIGHT ON NURSES.
Let’s have a great year together!
—-Live your life so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you. —
from “Life’s Little Instruction Book “ by Jackson Brown Jr.