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Our Mission:  Elevate the quality of school nursing and provide leadership for the delivery of quality health programs for all Southwestern Ohio school children.

Welcome to the Southwest Ohio School Nurse Association (SWOSNA) Website!

SWOSNA now has its largest ever membership, with representation from seventeen southwestern Ohio counties: Adams, Auglaize, Brown, Butler, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, and Warren.

Message from our President:

SWOSNA Members,

Happy New Year SWOSNA members!

The Board and I hope that you and your families have enjoyed your holiday season and that you have been able to rest and rejuvenate during your time off.  With all of the challenges we’ve experienced already this school year, the new calendar year will require continued adaptation and resilience, so self-care is a must.

The Board had hoped to offer SET (School Emergency Triage) Training to the membership for our January meeting, but we’ve decided to push it until our April meeting with the hope that group meeting requirements will have eased with the vaccine making it into our communities and our buildings.  Our General meeting on January 26th will again be a virtual Zoom meeting starting with our meeting at 6pm followed with a presentation on the topic of Pediatric Cardiology given by Dr. Fay Lin.  I will be updating the website with the registration link next week. We hope you will join us.

On a sad note, one of our colleagues, Renee Besecker passed away at the end of November from Parkinson’s. Her family has had to postpone a Memorial for her until spring due to Covid, so as soon as we know details, we will pass those on to you.  I have included 2 tributes written by Norma Nikkola and Deb Strouse who knew her well. They can be found here and here. Having read them, I am reminded of how we as an organization are strong due to the incredible people who have chosen or are choosing school nursing as their passion and career.  We, individually and together, are making significant changes and advancements in school nursing as well as the positive influence for our students and their families.

As we look ahead to our new year, please reflect on how you and your passion can help SWOSNA be it’s best.  We will be looking to fill Board positions this spring and hope that you will consider joining us as we continue to be SWOSNA Strong.

Blessings for 2021!

Pam Buehler, BSN, RN, LSN

20-21 SWOSNA President


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