The Delaware School Nurse Association celebrated its’ 12th Annual Winter Conference on Saturday, March 10th at the Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. This year’s theme “School Nursing: Nurturing Your Practice, Leadership and Health” was well attended by school nurses and community partners.
Several local professionals presented a variety of topics during the all-day conference. Joseph Zingaro PhD, Clinical Director of People’s Place, Inc. addressed the group in the morning; his presentation “Keeping It Between the Lines –
Boundaries and the School Nurse”. Dr. Mark Borer, President, Psychiatric Access presented collaborating with physicians for effective psychotropic medication administration and use.
Breakout sessions followed and the participants had three topics from which to choose. They were: “Allergic Crisis Part II, The Reality of Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Management,” led by Aleasa M. Word, Managing Director Allergy Words Consulting, LLC; “What they can’t see, CAN hurt them: Vision Screening For Delaware School Nurses”, led by Beth Mattey, MSN, RN, NCSN, School Nurse Brandywine School District, Mt. Pleasant High School, Wilmington, DE, and Mary Pat Cardoni, RN, BSN, MSN, Clinical Adjunct Faculty Community College of Baltimore County and “Standards Define Your Practice EVERY Day”, led by Libby Thomas RN, MEd, NCSN, FNASN School Health Consulting.
Afternoon lectures included “Violence In Our Schools-What School Nurses Can Do” presented by Janice Selekman, DNSc, RN, NCSN, Professor, University of Delaware, Newark, DE and Daniel Selekman, Sergeant, Wilmington Police Department. The
last topic of the day was presented by Linda Wolfe RN, MEd, Health Services & Director School Support Services, Delaware Department of Education. She focused on “Nurturing the Leader in You.”
At various times during the day, attendees had the opportunity to browse vendors’ tables, participate in basket raffles (baskets of goodies prepared and donated by the school nurses of each school district) and a 50/50 drawing. Proceeds of the raffle and 50/50 drawings were shared by a local charity sponsored the Governor’s Council for Exceptional Citizens (Project Hug) and the NASN Endowment.
Participants earned 6.75 contact hours of continuing education credits for attending the conference.