News

BRAINTREE HEALTH, SCHOOL NURSES NAMED MLK CITIZENS OF THE YEAR

BRAINTREE HEALTH, SCHOOL NURSES NAMED MLK CITIZENS OF THE YEAR

Town officials celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by honoring the town's school nurses and public health nurses for their work trying to keep residents safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to the remembrance of King, Mayor Charles Kokoros honored school nurses and public health with the MLK Citizen of the Year Award.

You can read more about how the school nurses and Braintree Public Health have gone above and beyond, here.

TANTASQUA REGIONAL SCHOOL NURSES ADMINISTER COVID-19 VACCINE

Tantasqua Regional School Nurses administer COVID-19 vaccine in Southbridge

Last week the nurses worked at the Harrington Hospital Vaccine Clinic in Southbridge. School Nurse, Tara Furey, was also able to also receive her first vaccine while there.

Kathy Charette, RN, Tara Furey, RN, Lisa Meunier, RN. - Tantasqua/Union 61 Vaccinators
Tara Furey, RN after receiving her vaccine with Nurse Leader, Lisa Meunier, RN (Burgess Elementary School)
Kathy Charette, RN- Tantasqua Junior High
Not Today Rona!

PENTUCKET NURSES SHARE COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

PENTUCKET NURSES SHARE COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Even though the holiday season has passed, this incredible message released by the school nurses of Pentucket is still applicable. The School District's nurses have come together to create a video sharing health and safety guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 this holiday season.

You can watch the video here. As well as read the full story here.

2/04/2021 MDPH School Health Unit Update

Greetings from the School Health Unit!

 

I am a big fan of author Glennon Doyle and follow her on social media.  This week she posted the following, which made me smile and nod in agreement:

 

“A journalist once asked me, ‘with the onslaught of bad news and endless needs-how do you not quit?’  I said: ‘Oh I do quit!  Quitting is my favorite.  Every day I quit.  Every single day.’

I wake up and I care the most amount.  And then- at some point- I put it all away and melt into my people and my couch and food and nothingness.  And I care not at all.  I forget it all.  Then I go to sleep and wake up and begin again.  Begin and quit every day!  Only way to survive.”

 

I don’t know about you, but I can totally handle caring the most (and then quitting) ONE DAY AT A TIME : )

 

With great admiration for all you are doing every day,

Karen

****************************************************************************************************

 

Speaking of quitting, next week you will not receive a weekly email from me (unless there is some kind of hot off the press news), because we will be debuting a new newsletter in partnership with the School Nurse Regional Consultants and BU SHIELD!  A wonderful BU grad student, Hannah Burgess, has helped us to develop a format that is easy on the eyes, but also easier to compile and manage than our previous newsletter.  Here is a greeting and introduction from Hannah herself:

 

“Hi! My name is Hannah Burgess. I am from Toronto, Ontario and I moved to Boston this past August to pursue my MPH at Boston University. I consider myself to be incredibly altruistic. While studying for my undergraduate degree, my desire to help others lead me towards a career in Public Health. My passion lies within helping our youth. I have an 11-year-old sister, watching her learn and grow inspired me towards wanting to introduce the extraordinary field of Public Health to the younger population. As, ultimately, our future is in their hands. I joined SHIELD’s team because of how well our values and goals align. School Nurses are the key to keeping our youth healthy and in school, learning. I am excited to help School Nurses excel at their jobs and continue to have a positive impact on youth and their families in Massachusetts! I hope to progress through the field by creating educational programs that increase awareness of Public Health and the importance of learning.”

 

Welcome and thank you Hannah!

 

COVID-19 Vaccine updates

 

If you will be participating in a vaccination clinic, please take the time to review the following MDPH trainings:

 

https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-vaccine-administration-training/download

https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-vaccine-training-the-moderna-supplement/download

 

Additionally, Q & A sessions are being offered by the MDPH Immunization Division; register for an upcoming session here.

 

BU SHIELD updates

 

Registration for the February CSHS State Nurse Leader meeting (required for all grantees but open to all), At the Intersection of Health and Education: Recognizing Bias for Better Outcomes, Thursday, February 25, 2021, is now open here!

 

We continue to offer BinaxNOW training sessions weekly; finds dates and register here.

 

Resources

NASN has released interim guidance regarding the role of school nursing in school COVID-19 testing programs.

 

During the pandemic, schools and districts are finding new ways to build and maintain relationships between teachers, staff, and students. Adult to Student Relationship Mapping is the systematic identification of student-adult trusted relationships in the school community. This approach allows educators to identify students who may be at risk of not having such a trusted connection and match them with appropriate supports for navigating academic and personal challenges throughout the school year. Please click here for more information from DESE on how to implement a mapping project.

 

Self-Care Corner

 

Did you know?  If you have a mammogram scheduled in the near future, and you have also recently been vaccinated against COVID-19, you should probably call ahead and let your provider know.  Axillary adenopathy has been reported after COVID-19 vaccination and the Society for Breast Imaging has published the following recommendation for timing of mammography around vaccination:

https://www.sbi-online.org/Portals/0/Position%20Statements/2021/SBI-recommendations-for-managing-axillary-adenopathy-post-COVID-vaccination.pdf

School Nurses in the News!

 

PROUD OF THE CHELSEA PUBLIC SCHOOLS NURSING TEAM!!!

 

“I want to personally give a WELL DESERVED THANK YOU to Juliann Boesch, Justine Hall, Kathy Harris, Kim Rosario, and Kim Sammons for devoting their time and effort in assisting and participating in creating history by administering the COVID-19 vaccine to first responders.  This historical event took place at the Rumney Marsh Academy in Revere last week and continues this week.

It is with tremendous GRATITUDE that I thank each and every Chelsea School Nurse who unselfishly give of themselves every day!”

 

Denise Ferrari DiResta RN MSN

School Health Manager

Kathy Harris, Kelly Elementary School Nurse for Chelsea Public Schools receiving her vaccine from Chelsea’s Public Health Nurse, Paula Mchatton.

 

 

Karen Robitaille, MBA, MSN, RN, NCSN

<she, her, hers>

Director of School Health Services

Division of Child/Adolescent Health and Reproductive Health

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

250 Washington St. 5th floor, Boston, MA 02108

karen.robitaille3@mass.gov

cell 781-675-0463

Personal Webex room: https://statema.webex.com/meet/Karen.Robitaille3

 

Tagged: ,

1/27/2021 MDPH School Health Unit Update

Greetings from the School Health Unit!

 

School Health Unit staff and Regional Consultants have received many questions from school health staff and athletic directors/trainers around athletics and return to play after a COVID-19 infection.  As you may be aware, infection may have adverse effects on the cardiovascular system, and thus the MA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends athletes should be cleared by their provider before return to play.  The MCAAP has recently updated it's guidance on this topic and it can be found here.

 

I hope you find this helpful,

Karen

 

Karen Robitaille, MBA, MSN, RN, NCSN
<she, her, hers>
Director of School Health Services
Division of Child/Adolescent Health and Reproductive Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington St. 5th floor, Boston, MA 02108
karen.robitaille3@mass.gov
cell 781-675-0463
Personal Webex room: https://statema.webex.com/meet/Karen.Robitaille3

Tagged:

New Article: Help for Anxious Times

By Hannah BurgessJanuary 26th, 2021in SHIELD Updates

HELP FOR ANXIOUS TIMES

Wheelock faculty offer advice for supporting children’s mental health in a year marked by a pandemic and continued police brutality.

Wheelock faculty members Jennifer Greif Green (left) and Amie Grills both advocate for states to make mental health training a prerequisite for new teachers.

Check out the full incredibly helpful article here.

Tagged: ,

1/21/21 MDPH School Health Unit Updates

By Andree EntezariJanuary 22nd, 2021in SHIELD Updates

Greetings from the School Health Unit!

I have just a couple of updates for you, since I think last week you heard from me quite enough!  And I am going to let former School Health Services Director Anne Sheetz give you your weekly dose of inspiration; she sent me the attached letter to get out to all of you.  I SO look forward to “seeing” many of you at the upcoming regional meetings and I have also enjoyed getting to “see” and “meet” so many of you through the BinaxNOW trainings.  School nurses are my favorite : )

Take good care,

Karen

Vaccine Updates

I have heard from many of you questions and concerns around COVID-19 vaccine side effects that may mimic the symptoms of COVID-19, and how to handle that in the school setting.

Below is a memo from MDPH on this topic as it applies to healthcare workers that I hope will help:

https://www.mass.gov/doc/considerations-for-health-care-personnel-after-covid-19-vaccination/download

BU SHIELD Updates

Additional BinaxNOW training dates continue to be added, so please keep checking the site here if you are need of a training.

Regional School Nurse Leader meetings are coming up fast! Select the link under your region to register for the (ZOOM) meeting. After you register, a confirmation e-mail will come from Public Health Training Centers containing a meeting link and access code.

Northeast
January 22, 2021 | 1:00PM -3:00PM
Boston/Metro West
January 26, 2021 | 10:00AM -12:00PM
Western
January 27, 2021 | 10:00AM -12:00PM
Southeast
January 28, 2021 | 10:00AM -12:00PM
Central
January 29, 2021 | 1:00PM -3:00PM

School Nurses in the News!

Worcester School Nurses in the news for volunteering to swab at the COVID tent in the Stop the Spread campaign:
“'Rock stars’ swabbing at Worcester COVID-19 testing site”
https://www.telegram.com/story/news/2020/12/30/rock-stars-swabbing-worcester-covid-19-testing-site/4072806001/

*Please note in the "Rock Stars" article, school nurse Denise Khalili was mistakenly noted as working at South High School. She is the nurse at the Gerald Creamer Center.  Lee Parent is the nurse at Chandler Elementary School, and Jan Etre is the nurse at Burncoat Middle School.

WPS School Nurse Supervisor Nicole Kazarian, School Nurse Jan Etre, and Chief Public Health Nurse for the City of Worcester, Pat Bruchmann preparing to vaccinate at the Worcester Senior Center for first responders this past week:

https://www.telegram.com/story/news/2021/01/12/gov-baker-visit-vaccine-operation-worcester-senior-center/6636491002/

https://www.telegram.com/story/news/healthcare/2021/01/04/free-covid-19-testing-worcester-week/4124367001/

Framingham Public Schools nursing staff working their local immunization clinic!

Including some familiar faces; Regional School Nurse Consultants Jill Connolly and Janet Guertin-Moruzzi and Assistant Director of School Health Services Caitlin Pettengill!

Weston Public Schools nursing staff (including regional School Nurse Consultant Janet Guertin-Moruzzi)!

 

Karen Robitaille, MBA, MSN, RN, NCSN
<she, her, hers>
Director of School Health Services
Division of Child/Adolescent Health and Reproductive Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington St. 5th floor, Boston, MA 02108
karen.robitaille3@mass.gov
cell 781-675-0463
Personal Webex room: https://statema.webex.com/meet/Karen.Robitaille3

 

1/15/21 MDPH School Health Unit Update: Influenza Vaccine

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR SCHOOL NURSES RE INFLUENZA VACCINE REQUIREMENT

Greetings from the School Health Unit;

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare/preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education.  Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing due to COVID-19.   Given the intensive Commonwealth-wide efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccination, DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing our COVID -19 vaccination efforts.

DPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone age six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year.

The updated schedule can be found here.

Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of the young people and families of our Commonwealth,

Karen

Karen Robitaille, MBA, MSN, RN, NCSN

<she, her, hers>

Director of School Health Services

Division of Child/Adolescent Health and Reproductive Health

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

250 Washington St. 5th floor, Boston, MA 02108

karen.robitaille2@state.ma.us

cell 781-675-0463

Personal Webex room: https://statema.webex.com/meet/Karen.Robitaille3

Tagged: , ,

1/15/21 MDPH School Health Unit Update

Good morning;

The MDPH website COVID-19 vaccine locations for individuals currently eligible to be vaccinated has been updated this afternoon with information on open vaccination sites, as well as credentials needed to access vaccination at these sites.  If you are a school nurse conducting testing or assisting in vaccination clinics, you may be vaccinated as a COVID-facing healthcare worker at either a local clinic or a statewide or regional vaccination site with the following credentials:

COVID facing health care workers

Please bring one of the following forms of ID:

  • For licensed health care professionals, current Massachusetts professional license
  • Employer-issued photo ID card that includes your name and title
  • Letter from employer stating you are a current employee AND state photo identification or license
  • Recent pay stub AND a state photo identification or license

Respectfully,

Karen

Karen Robitaille, MBA, MSN, RN, NCSN

<she, her, hers>

Director of School Health Services

Division of Child/Adolescent Health and Reproductive Health

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

250 Washington St. 5th floor, Boston, MA 02108

karen.robitaille2@state.ma.us

cell 781-675-0463

Personal Webex room: https://statema.webex.com/meet/Karen.Robitaille3

Tagged: ,