SHIELD Updates

Building Strong Children By Erin D. Maughan The number of students with chronic and complex health conditions significantly affects a teacher’s ability to teach and meet the needs of the whole child—especially combined with the impact of societal issues such as poverty, violence, and the growing population of families who speak a language other than English at home. Education in America is free, but healthcare is not. This fact presents a unique divide among schools and even within classrooms, where some students have parents who have good healthcare coverage and seek medical attention regularly, while others come from families who are limited to emergency room visits for chronic illnesses or only see a healthcare professional in life-threatening situations. School nurses can help bridge this divide. Often, they are the only healthcare professional that students see regularly. So when a class includes Paul (who has missed multiple days of school, seems distracted when he does attend, and often has a deep, penetrating cough), Keisha (who stays... More

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5 Ways to Become an Outstanding Nurse Leader

Health Leaders By Jennifer Thew RN  |   May 03, 2019 It's Nurses Week—a time to pause and celebrate all that nurses do. And, as the healthcare industry shares its gratitude this week for nurses, it must not forget to include nurse leaders when giving thanks. Because it's not easy being a nurse leader. "As nurse leaders, we help create circles of care, safety, reliability, quality, and trust for the patients and communities. We are guardians at the gate of all of these things," Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, chief clinical officer at AMN Healthcare, Inc., said during the AONE 2019 Keynote introduction. "Leadership in healthcare is not an easy path and, in order to do it well, we have to take time to develop ourselves and those around us," Edmonson said. Get the latest on healthcare leadership in your inbox. While much has changed since the time of Florence Nightingale, the original nurse leader,  the qualities that make a nurse leader great have not. "We must be... More

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Articles: An alarming number of children in America can’t afford food

Experts say many people that are ‘food insecure’ work low-paid jobs, yet still don’t qualify as SNAP recipients By: Jeanette Settembre Published: May 2, 2019 4:53 p.m. ET Millions of Americans don’t have enough money to buy healthy food –– and kids are most at risk. A staggering 97% of counties in the U.S. are home to people who can’t afford or don’t have access to healthy food, according to a study released Wednesday by Feeding America, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that has a network of more than 200 food banks nationwide. Out of America’s 3,142 counties, the rates of food insecurity range from 3% in Steele County, N.D., to as much as 36% in Jefferson County, Miss., the report found. And children are suffering the most: One in six kids (or 12.5 million children) are considered to be food insecure, and an estimated 750,000 live in New York City and Los Angeles. These families are more likely to live in disadvantaged urban areas and also... More

Article: School Grades Trigger Family Violence

By Melissa Bright April 30, 2019 In elementary school, I was typically excited for report cards to come out. I knew my grades were good–which would earn me a reward from my parents–and any notes about my behavior would be neutral at worst. I didn’t realize that for some of my peers, bringing this piece of paper home would be a completely different experience. Fast-forward a few decades, and I’ve started to learn how my peers’ experiences may have differed. A colleague of mine, a pediatrician, explained to me that he and many of his peers, as well as many K-12 teachers, believe that for some children, report cards result in punishment so severe that it turns into physical abuse. It turns out that this idea has been around for some time. I doubted my colleague. But he was right. To test his theory, my colleague and I, along with the rest of our research team, conducted a study of all calls to a... More

Leadership Program: Summer Leadership Institute for School and Public Health Nurses

      Boston University School of Public Health’s Population Health Exchange (PHX) and the School Health Institute for Education and Leadership Development (SHIELD) are collaborating to offer our second annual Leadership Program for School and Public Health Nurses beginning in June, continuing through the year*, and culminating with an advanced leadership  program the following summer. Course topics are tailored to learners and may include: Developing Your Leadership Strengths Communicating for Impact Using the Power of Data to Tell a Story (Story Mapping) Community Assessments w/ an Emphasis on Equity *The team will meet for four additional workshops and a culminating event over the course of the year In addition to providing deep learning opportunities in leadership, this program provides the skills needed to assess for, and effectively communicate about, a community health disparity to initiate change. Audience: School and Public Health Nurses Fee: $1,000 for summer workshop;$2500 for full year **NEW! Due to a generous private scholarship donation, we are able to offer a 40% discount... More

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Event: Exploring Our Role in Creating a More Just World for Youth

Professionals, volunteers, activists, and community members that work or interact with youth are invited to come together to explore and grow their role in creating a just world for youth. This conference will offer various workshops that use positive youth development approaches to improve health. This conference is intentionally being held for an adult audience.

Event: ‘Nurses Are with You at Every Step of Life’

Posted: March 28th, 2019 Link: As the largest group within the healthcare profession, nurses operate as the primary link between the healthcare system and the patients and communities they serve. From traditional RNs to advanced practice registered nurses, the role of nurses has expanded due to an aging population and an evolving healthcare system, both in the United States and abroad. They are involved in every aspect of patient care as they work to preserve and promote health across all patient populations. On Tuesday, April 2, the School of Public Health will hold the Dean’s Symposium, “Nursing and the Health of Populations,” to examine the current state of nursing science and practice, and explore how nurses can continue to impact global population health. The event will feature a keynote speech by Barbara Stillwell, executive director of Nursing Now and a veteran leader in international health workforce issues and health worker migration. Stillwell is heralded for introducing the nurse practitioner role in general practice... More

Webinar: Trauma Informed Care

We are very excited to invite you to our two part series on Trauma-Informed Care to Support Health and Well-Being for Community Health Workers. Part 1 of the webinar series will be held on Tuesday, April 16, from 12:00-1:00pm ET.  It answers the question: How common are trauma experiences and how do they effect the lives of those they touch?  At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:   Describe the “dose effect” findings of the ACES study.  Identify 3 neurobiological effects of toxic stress and trauma can affect the lives of children and adults.  Identify 3 of the long-term consequences of unaddressed trauma. Part 2 of the webinar series will be held on Tuesday, April 23, from 12:00-1:00pm ET. It answers the question: What can you do to help adult survivors avoid the long term consequences of trauma? At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:   Describe the ways in which trauma manifests in adult as adaptations for survival. ... More

Event: Empower~Innovate~Cultivate~Change

Join us for nurses week! Indulge yourself mind, body and spirit.  Let us pamper you with breakfast and lunch, motivational speakers, experiential Yoga sets to reset your nervous system. Raffles and shopping too.  Top it off with contact hours to complete the day.  Let us fill your cup. Only $99 for the general public. New This Year! T-shirts - order your BMC Integrative Nursing t-shirt. They are blue, shortsleeve and cost $20.  You can pre-order on the website and pick it up at the conference. Poster Session Submit a poster on your institution's latest integrative nursing techniques.  For more information, click here Presented by: Boston Medical Center Integrative Nursing Council Sponsored by: Sponsored by the Anna Ross Committee of the Massachusetts Memorial Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae, Inc. and the Boston Medical Center Nursing Department. Julianne Benvie, RN, BSN View Full Bio Erin Taylor, DNP, MSN, RN, CNOR View Full Bio Vicky Dennis, MBA, MSN, RN, CPNP(c) View Full Bio Rebecca Love, RN, BS, MSN View Full Bio Jeff Jones View Full Bio Margaret “Peg” Baim, MS, ANP-BC View Full Bio Leslie Salmon Jones View Full Bio View... More

Research: US Teens Anxiety and Depression

For boys and girls, day-to-day experiences and future aspirations vary in key ways BY JULIANA MENASCE HOROWITZ AND NIKKI GRAF Link: Date: February 20th, 2019 (Getty Images) Anxiety and depression are on the riseamong America’s youth and, whether they personally suffer from these conditions or not, seven-in-ten teens today see them as major problems among their peers. Concern about mental health cuts across gender, racial and socio-economic lines, with roughly equal shares of teens across demographic groups saying it is a significant issue in their community. Fewer teens, though still substantial shares, voice concern over bullying, drug addiction and alcohol consumption. More than four-in-ten say these are major problems affecting people their age in the area where they live, according to a Pew Research Center survey of U.S. teens ages 13 to 17. When it comes to the pressures teens face, academics tops the list: 61% of teens say they feel a lot of pressure to get good grades. By comparison, about three-in-ten say they feel a lot of pressure to... More

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