Community Announcements

  • BC/BS KS Foundation Opportunity

    For Schools in Kansas NOT in Wyandotte or Johnson counties.

    BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF KANSAS FOUNDATION TO HELP MAKE SCHOOLS HEALTHIER THROUGH GRANT
    School personnel have until Oct. 21 to apply for a share of $200,000

    Contact:
    Rebecca Witte
    Public Relations Specialist (785) 291-6559 rebecca.witte@bcbsks.com

    Topeka, Kansas (Sep. 14, 2022) – School nurses, teachers and administrators can now apply for a Healthy Habits for Life grant at bcbsks.com/hhfl. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation is offering up to $200,000 in grants to assist schools in implementing programs that promote healthy lifestyle choices to their K-12 students. These school-based programs must address at least one of four criteria: reduce cardiovascular risk, increase physical activity, learn healthy eating habits, and reinforce positive mental health among students. The deadline to submit an application is Oct. 21.

    Since its creation in 2006, the Healthy Habits for Life grant program has awarded nearly $1.8 million through more than 1,840 grants. School personnel have used past grant dollars to educate students on healthy portion sizes, begin a daily walking program for students before or after school, invest in equipment for physical education classes, and much more.

    "We really encourage school personnel to collaborate and get creative when thinking of a potential program for their school," said Marlou Wegener, chief operating officer of the BCBSKS Foundation. "The more engaged and invested the students are in the program, the more likely they are to continue the healthy habit outside of school and incorporate it into their daily life."

    School nurses, physical education, health and family and consumer science teachers, athletics directors, principals and other school administrators are encouraged to visit bcbsks.com/hhfl for a program overview, application and tip sheet.

    “Poor health in students can lead to serious medical issues and effect the long-term physical and mental health as students become adults. The BCBSKS Foundation is pleased to be able to financially support schools in their efforts to reinforce the need for healthy habits that will serve children now and well into the future,” Wegener said.

    Healthy Habits for Life grants are available in the service area of the BCBSKS Foundation, which includes all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte. The maximum grant amount is $2,000 and grants are limited to one per school but multiple schools within a district can apply.

    Applications must be received no later than Oct. 21, with the funds distributed in late December. Grant recipients may use the funds for programs offered during the 2023 calendar year. A grant application and additional information is available at bcbsks.com/hhfl.

    About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation

    The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation promotes the good health of Kansans who live in the Foundation’s 103-county service area. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, the largest health insurer in the state, incorporated the Foundation in 2005 as a way to further deepen its commitment to helping all Kansans lead healthier lives, an effort which both entities believe is an essential factor in keeping health care affordable. Through its giving, the Foundation focuses on key health issues that can impact the lives of many Kansans. It funds programs and activities that are, at their core, health- related; specifically, ones that promote health improvement, community health access and/or education, healthy behaviors, prevention initiatives and direct health services to the uninsured. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas are independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Both entities serve all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte. For more information on the Foundation, visit bcbsks.com/foundation.

  • AAP/AHA: Training School Health Personnel in Identifying Youth Tobacco Use and Supporting Cessation

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), with funding from the American Heart Association (AHA), is providing trainings for school health personnel on identifying youth tobacco use and supporting cessation. The trainings adapt the AAP “Ask – Counsel – Treat” cessation counseling model into an educational curriculum for school nurses and other school health personnel. Five 3-hour trainings will be held throughout the 2022-2023 school year. Each training will be led by a faculty panel of pediatricians, school nurses, and other school health personnel and will provide educational content on screening, counseling, and treatment for youth tobacco use and overcoming common barriers to addressing youth cessation in school-based health settings, uncertainty about how to manage a positive screen, or lack of resources/referral sources to provide ongoing support to youth.

     

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education. The AAP designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

     

    We are currently recruiting for 2 fall trainings, on the dates below.  School health personnel are encouraged to register:

    • Wednesday, October 5, 2022, from 5-8pm central – Register here
    • Monday, December 5, 2022, from 10am-1pm central – Register here

     

    If these training times do not work for you and you would like to be added to the list to receive communication about the spring 2023 trainings, please complete this online form.  If you have questions about the training, please reach out to Carolyn McCarty at cmccarty@aap.org.

     

  • Kansas School Nurse Conference 2022

    The WHOVA web portal will be available until October 21st.
    The WHOVA app portal will be available for three months after that so about January 21st.
    Be sure to check out some of the breakouts that you didn't get to see.
  • Rectal Diazapam Shortage announced June 16th

    More students may come to school this fall with a nasal Diazapam
  • August is National Immunization Awareness Month

    August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). Throughout this month encourage those in your community to catch up on routine vaccinations, ultimately sharing the importance of following recommended immunization schedules throughout the lifetime. Below, find resources to share on your social networks.

    Suggested hashtags include: #NIAM #NIAM2022 #ivax2protect #ImmunityCommunity.
  • KSNO is now on Twitter!

    Follow KSNO on Twitter:  @KS_School_Nurse​
  • KSNO is an Amazon Smile Charity

    Do you shop on Amazon? Do you use Amazon Smile to donate 0.5% of your purchase to charity? You can now help the KSNO scholarship fund by selecting KSNO to be your Amazon Smile charity of choice. 
    Can I change my charity?
    Yes, you can change your charity at any time. Simply visit smile.amazon.com/change, or tap "AmazonSmile" within the Settings menu in the Amazon Shopping app on your phone and select "Change your charity". Your AmazonSmile purchases made after changing your charity will count towards your newly selected charity.

    Select KSNO or Kansas School Nurses Association. If you have any problems, please contact KSNO here.
  • Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

    On June 12, a bipartisan group of twenty U.S. Senators announced a proposal to look at the gun crises in America. This proposal is aimed at keeping children and schools safe while reducing the overall threat of violence across our country. This proposal includes mental health resources, school safety resources, and gun violence prevention components.
    If you support this bill, please reach out to your Senators. Let them know that you support this common sense, bipartisan legislation to stop senseless gun violence and prevent more loss of life.
  • KSNO Summer Conference--It's not too late to register!

    Earn CNE, see other Kansas school nurses IN PERSON(!!!) or virtually, and get great info for your school nursing practice. All this at the annual KSNO Summer Conference 2022 in Wichita.  Early bird registration is available through June 17 and NASN/KSNO members receive a discounted rate on registration. See the brochure for details.
  • Senate Bill 62 passes

    The bill provides children with free basic vision screenings. Frequency of Vision Screenings:

    • Annually for children with disabilities aged three through five years who are participating in IDEA part B programs;
    • At least once each school year for students enrolled in kindergarten and each of the grades one through three, five, seven, and ten in a school district or an
      accredited nonpublic school; and
    • Within the first year of admission for any student enrolled in a school district or an accredited nonpublic school.
  • School Nurse Toolkit

    Kansas Department of Health and Environment: Adolescent Health School Nurse Toolkit (scroll down the page to see the toolkit)
  • 2022 - 2023 Immunization Table Tool for School Nurses

    Kansas Immunization Requirement School Nurse Tool – 2022-23 School Year

  • School Nurse Day Coming Up May 11

    School nurses are critical to all aspects of students’ health! National School Nurse Day May 11.
    Bridging Healthcare and Education.
    #SND2022 @schoolnurses
    www.schoolnurseday.org.
  • Adolescent Health Conference

  • Seizure Safe School Communities

    Seizure Safe School Communities - School Nurses Improving Epilepsy Education, Systems of Care, and Health Outcomes

     NASN is looking for a total of 6 school districts in at least 2 states interested in advancing the equitable care for students with seizures.  This work is part of a five-year CDC funded project focused on the pivotal role the school nurse plays in coordinating a support system for students with epilepsy. 

    Six state school nurse "navigators" will be compensated for their work collaborating with NASN and connecting practicing school nurses with professional development and resources to create a seizure safe culture in their schools, and helping students self-manage and transition from pediatric to adult care.  

    For those states that recently passed Seizure Safe School legislation, or have this legislation on the horizon, this partnership can help prepare to implement the required school training components of the legislation. 

    NASN is well aware of the constraints COVID continues to place on school nurses.  Full participation in this project would not begin until late spring 2022, with flexibility to extend beyond that time.  Indicating a strong interest does not fully commit you to this partnership with NASN but will help move project planning along. 

    School nurses know the health, social, and academic struggles of students with seizures.  NASN wants to support both the school nurse and these students they serve.

    Please direct questions and/or indicate your interest by email to Nichole Bobo, NASN Director of Nursing Education (nbobo@nasn), by December 3, 2021.