Every DSNA Memeber please reviewed the BY-Laws prior to the May 8, 2013 Meeting/Conference.
Delaware Today is proud to announce its first Top Nurses feature. The top nurses will be chosen by their peers via a ballot prepared by the Delaware Nursing Association. The editors of Delaware Today have partnered with DNA in order to offer a substantive feature that honors dedicated nursing professionals. The Top Nurses feature will be published in the May 2013 issue, which coincides with National Nurses Week. The marketing and events departments at Delaware Today will host an elegant evening event to honor the top nurses and their colleagues.
To participate, you must be a member of DNA by January 17, 2013. Join us! http://www.denurses.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1479943
Sarah J. Carmody, MBA
Please note the change of address:
Delaware Nurses Association
4765 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, Delaware 19713
Phone: (302) 733-5880
The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 School Employee Wellness Awards Program (SEW). SEW recognizes schools and school districts that demonstrate commitment to the health of their employees by implementing quality school employee wellness programs.
Awardees will receive special recognition for their efforts that include grants to be reinvested in their employee wellness programs (Bronze $250, Silver $500, Gold $1000).
To apply for DHPE’s School Employee Wellness Awards Program or to learn more about school employee wellness programs, visit www.dhpe.org/schoolemployeewellness.
Applications must be submitted by February 4, 2013. No paper submissions will be accepted this year.
If you have questions, please contact Aryka Chapman at email@example.com program assistance, or Wendy Sahli at firstname.lastname@example.org for technical assistance.
We look forward to receiving your application and thank you for your submission.
Aryka Chapman, MS
Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE)
Have you been naughty or nice?
….Ask Santa for a mini retreat
WHEN: Friday March 8th – Saturday March 9th
WHAT: DSNA Annual Winter Conference.
Friday March 8th from 7:30-9:00
Social at Jake’s Seafood.
Conference Saturday March 9th @ Baywood
Hotel Accommodations available at the Comfort Inn at reduced conference rates
“I can do that… Programs by and for Delaware School Nurses”
More information to follow after the holidays…….
PowerPresentation by Susan Hoffmann
PowerPoint Presentation by W. Randy Martin, MD
PowerPoint Presentation by Linda Wolfe
PowerPoint Presentation by Nancy Nadel and Sharon-rose Gargula
PowerPoint Presenation by Elizabeth Thomas
Happy Ninetieth Birthday to Edith P. Vincent, RN, BS, MA
School Nurse, Pioneer, Advocate, Educator, Leader
EdithVincent celebrated her ninetieth birthday with friends recently. Edith began her nursing career in 1943 and went off to join the Red Cross in World War II. Upon her return, she began her life’s work in school nursing as the school nurse in the Delmar School District. Although there were many achievements along the way, the most significant and personally rewarding to Edith was to become the State of Delaware’s first State Supervisor of Health Education and School Nursing in 1968, a post she held for thirty years. Edith’s achievements include the following (with the support of her school nurses, families, legislators and countless others):
- First Delaware School Nurse handbook and many revisions
- A school nurse in every public school
- School Nursing certification requires a bachelor’s degree
- Annual summaries of school health services
- School nurses being allowed to dispense non-prescription drugs
- Medication on Field Trips Guidelines
- Immunization policies
- HIV/AIDS education and policies
- NO smoking policies in schools
- Tuberculosis Control Program for schools
- Keen Cat Wellness Workshops
- School based high school wellness clinics
- Medicaid Cost Recovery
- Advocacy for SNs and School Nursing
- AND MORE
Happy Birthday Edith—We Love you!
Edith is quick to credit those who came before her. According to the Delaware Archives, the first mention of school nurses in Delaware was in 1919.School Nurses Elizabeth MacLaughlin and Elizabeth Rogers may have been public health nurses who began school nursing in the Wilmington School District that year. Several years later, in 1931, Mary Miller Hill was the first Claymont School District Nurse. By the time Edith was hired in Delmar in 1947, she said that there were already school nurses in the Laurel and Georgetown schools and a strong program in Wilmington.
A collaborative effort is being made by several state agencies and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to safely dispose of unused, expired, and/or unwanted prescription drugs. The “Prescription Drug Take Back Day” offers an easy, safe way to make our homes and communities safer. Each day 2,000 teen use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that most of these abused drugs are obtained from family and friend’s medicine cabinets. In 2009, theDelawareHealthStatisticCenterreported 137 overdose deaths inDelaware. 80% of those drug overdoses inDelawarewere from prescription drugs. Please participate in theDelawaretake back day and talk to your children about the danger of prescription drugs.
Megan Fioravanti, RN and Becky King, RN, Red Clay Consolidated School District Nurses, will be participating in an interview on WDSD and WILM Tuesday Sept 25th at 7:30 am (the WDSD Interview with Morning Show Crew Sky Phillips and Christa Cooper) along with a representative from the DEA regarding the state wide prescription drug take back day this Saturday Sept. 29th. They are doing this in conjunction with The Red Clay nurses’ project from the Johnson & Johnson Fellowship program to help combat prescription drug abuse.