A good nurse shares comfort, compassion & caring without a prescription – T. Guillemets
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:
2020 is certainly shaping up to be a challenge for all of us. A year ago, I don’t think any of us could picture our current work environments. As humans, adaptation is something that we do in order to manage or survive changes in our lives. This has never been a more crucial skill to master than in our current climate. SWOSNA is also looking at ways to adapt this year in order to continue meeting your needs.
We are planning to have our first general meeting on October 20th, from 6-8pm. Instead of a face-to face meeting, we are planning to live-stream our business meeting and ODH presentation on Immunization compliance to you. Shortly, you will be able to register for the meeting on the website. The cost will be $10 to cover the CE portion of the evening. Once registered, we will send out the link to the meeting for you to join us. All registrants will also be included in raffle prizes that evening.
Membership dues are also changing this year. We voted last spring to align ourselves financially with the upcoming NASN/OASN/SWOSNA membership dues. When this is put into place, we will pay our dues annually to NASN and it will include our OASN and SWOSNA memberships as well. As we wait for this to happen, we will be renewing our dues annually so as to keep us all current together. For those of us whose membership expires in 2020, we ask that you renew your $20 membership as soon as possible to keep you current. If your membership is good through 2021, you won’t need to worry about renewing at this time. This will be a huge benefit to our Membership chair and Treasurer moving forward.
Next, I want to ask for your help. SWOSNA wants to make sure that we are reaching all of our nurses working in all of our buildings throughout our 17 county region. Not everyone is a SWOSNA member, but we would love to invite them to consider joining. If you know the name and/or contact information for other nurses in your area/county who may not be members, would you please email me at Buehler_p@fairfieldcityschools.com to let me know. I’m hoping to create some Zoom meet and greets and want to include these colleagues as well.
Lastly, it was recently brought to my attention that some of our colleagues are currently laid off due to virtual learning in their district and that their work emails have been discontinued. Most of us have listed our work emails as primary contact information. If you are friends with these colleagues, will you please have them email me a current email address so that we can make sure they receive all our mailings.
Thanks for all you are doing in your districts to support your staff, kids and their families. Don’t forget to take care of yourself, be flexible, adapt and most of all allow yourself Grace for completing each day no matter what comes your way. I look forward to seeing you on October 20th.
Pam Buehler, BSN, RN, LSN
20-21 SWOSNA President