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12th Annual Conference 2014 Texas School Nurses Organization

Registration for attendees will open this fall. Registration for vendors now available.

Download the conference brochure for more information on registration and sessions.
  • Nov 14-16, 2014 at the Westin Galleria in Houston, Texas.
  • More details coming soon.
Exhibitors & Vendors
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  2. Download the conference floor plan to determine booth location preferences.
  3. Register Online Vendor Registration »

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TSNO Officer Nominees and Voting instructions

Its time to vote for your new TSNO Officers. Nominee bios are below, actual voting will run from Sept 8th - Sept 21st, 2014. Members must login to the TSNO website in order to continue viewing nominee bios and to vote. If you are not already logged in, click on the "Login" link at the top of your screen, then return to this article to access the links.

TSNO Officer Ballot:
President Elect: Lisa Sicilio, RN, BSN, NCSN
Treasurer: Joan Reinert Cary, BSN, RN, NCSN
Nominations Coordinator: Katie Morton, BSN, RN, NCSN

Click here to read the nominees bios.
Click here to be redirected to a secure voting site.

Make your voices heard!

Your TSNO Elections

2014 TSNO Conference

Mark your calendars for the 12th Annual TSNO conference, Nov. 14-16, 2014, at the Westin Galleria Houston. This year's theme is "School Nurses Cultivating a Community of School Health Advocates". The conference fee early-bird rate is $250 for members and $350 for non-members, and the hotel rate will be $109 + taxes. Click here for the Conference Brochure outlining the sessions and schedule, registration is scheduled to open Sept 1, 2014.

Do you have an idea or a tip that you would like to share with your fellow school nurses? Well, enter it in the TSNO Excellence in School Nursing Poster Contest, which will be held at conference again this year. Deadline for entries is October 15! Click on the following links for more information:
What is the Excellence in School Nursing Poster Contest (Powerpoint show)
General Excellence in School Nursing Poster Contest info
Excellence in School Nursing Poster Contest Guidelines and Application

Also at conference this year, we are excited to be offering our first Book Study Breakout Session. Kathy Powell, RN, BSN, MSCHA, NCSN and Joan Cary, RN, BSN, NCSN will present the book "Twelve Patients" by Eric Manheimer, MD and how you can apply it to your professional school nursing practice. "Through the medium of stories Dr. Manheimer achieves a book that is more than about Bellevue:  It is about people, families, caregivers, culture, communities, desperation, despair, resilience and hope....  This book is tough medicine."  by Huffington Post. You can purchase this book on-line through Amazon and at most book stores. Approx 350 pages in length. Be prepared for this session to engage in thought provoking discussions. Start early and begin reading it this summer and enjoy!

Keep checking this website for more conference information as it becomes available.

Nursing degree program educational assistance

If you need information regarding nursing degree programs and assitance, check out  www.bestnursingdegree.com. Their primary purpose is to help connect interested students with the degree level program in their area that best match their budget, lifestyle, and career goals. Also, take a look at the RN-BSN information page, http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/programs/rn-to-bsn/
In addition, a $2,500 scholarship is open to anyone interested in pursuing this route, and it can be accessed from the above page. For more information contact Micah Pratt at micah@bestnursingdegree.com


2014 School Nurse Day

Your Texas School Nurses Organization celebrates and acknowledges the many accomplishments of School Nurses in Texas, their efforts in meeting the needs of today’s students by improving the delivery of health care in private and public schools, and their vital contributions to our local communities by helping all students remain healthy, ready to learn, in our schools. Governor Rick Perry has therefore proclaimed Wednesday, May 7, 2014, as “School Nurse Day” in Texas, and commends its observance to all citizens.

Click here to view the official proclamation from Governor Perry.



Free webinars from American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities

Click this link to view all the free webinars available from the American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities.


Free online training for Middle and High School Staff

Texas Middle School and High School Nurses:
Mental Health America of Texas, with support from the Texas Department of State Health Services, is sponsoring an important student wellness program whereby your school qualifies for free online training educators and school staff. Thousands of teachers and staff in hundreds of schools in Texas have already trained. Click here for more information on the training as well as outreach materials.

Voices of Meningitis

Help Texas boost Meningitis vaccination rates among preteens and teens! Download these items from the  "Voices of Meningitis" toolkit for Texas:
Texas Fact Sheet - Regional information.
How to Guide - Suggested activities for schools/communities.
Template Newsletter Blurb - Customizable template for newsletters, etc.
Campaign Brochure (English) - Spanish available at link below.
Campaign Poster (English) - Spanish available at link below.

Click here to link to NASN's VOM information, for even more educational materials.

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