Nurses Week Event Features 100th Anniversary of School Nursing.
National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.
Minnesota's nurses this year will shine the spotlight on School Nursing, marking 100 years of accomplishments and advancements school nurses have contributed in the last century. Recognition ceremonies are scheduled for May 7 at 2:30 p.m. and will be held at St. Paul's Arlington High School. The program will feature a Scholarship presentation of at least $3,000 that has been coordinated by the School Nurses Association of Minnesota (SNOM). The event is a collaborative effort of SNOM, the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) and Education Minnesota. See attached Media Alert for details.
Nurse members of MNA's local Districts will also host individual evening celebrations throughout the week. See attached schedule for times and local contacts.
In 1902, Nurse Lina Rogers was placed in the New York City school district as an "experiment." Her efforts were demonstrated in the following year, documented by significantly fewer children being sent home due to illness.
Today, school nurses screen for illnesses, provide health education for students and faculty, assess mental health issues, administer immunizations and provide life-saving care during emergency situations.
In Minnesota, an estimated 600 Licensed School Nurses make a difference in the lives of the state's school children, faculty and families.
With more than 16,800 members, MNA is the leading organization for registered nurses in the Midwest and is among the oldest and largest representatives of RNs for collective bargaining in the nation. Established in 1905, MNA is a multi-purpose organization that fosters high standards for nursing education and practice, and works to advance the profession through legislative activity. MNA is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association and it's labor arm, the United American Nurses.
Nurses Week Celebration Honors School Nursing What: Nurses Week and School Nurses Day Celebration Date/Time: Wednesday, May 7, 2003; 2:30 pm Why: - Honor Registered Nurses and the birthday of Florence Nightingale - Honor the 100th Anniversary of School Nursing Location: Arlington Senior High School Cafetorium 1495 Rice Street, St. Paul (corner of Arlington and Rice Sts) For Directions call: 651-293-6900 Agenda: William Dunn, Principal Arlington Senior High School Cecilia DuPlessis Erickson, President of School Nurses of Minnesota Monica Vollmuth, RN MA, CNP, President, Minnesota Nurses Association Sandra Peterson, Vice President, Education Minnesota Cecelia DuPlessis Erickson - Brief History, Proclamation (tbd); Scholarship Presentation; Sponsorships/Partnerships Recognition Dr. Ken Dragseth, Superintendent of Edina Schools, President, Minnesota Association of School Administrators Carmen Teskey, School Nurse Administrator of the Year Mary Klehr, SNOM School Nurse of the Year Family of Zachary Mueller, asthma sufferer who benefits from School Nursing Ruthellen Luehr, Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning Jan Jernell, Division Director, Family Health, Minnesota Department of Health Representative from Minnesota Department of Human Services (tentative) Cecelia DuPlessis Erickson Special Features: Music provided by Arlington Senior High School Band Junior ROTC greeters Cake and punch after ceremony Media Availability: 2:30-3:00 p.m. (program); 3:00-4:00 p.m. (reception) Event Partners: Medical Technologies, Van Zandt Distributing, Health Start, St. Paul, Institute of Environment Assessment, Medtronic, Inc., Health Partners, Branson Electronics, LarerSharp, Inc, St. Paul Federation of Teachers, School Health, Inc, many members and friends of The School Nurse Organization of Minnesota Nurses Week Event Statewide Events Hosted by MNA Districts 2nd District Counties: Cook, Lake, Carlton, Pine, Aitkin Date/Time: May 5; 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. or 4:00-8:00 p.m. What: Workshop "Ethical Considerations in Accepting and Rejecting Assignments" Lucie Ferrell, Phd, RN Where: College of St. Scholastica; Contact: 651-646-4807, ext. 161 / cell 612-860-6658 3rd District Counties: Hennepin, Scott, Anoka and Carver Counties Date/Time: May 8; 6:00 p.m. What: Annual Banquet, Meeting, Awards and Talent Show Where: Vescio's Cucina, 4001 Highway 7, St. Louis Park. Contact: Therese Daniel or Sandra Johnson, 952-920-9860; email: firstname.lastname@example.org 4th District Counties: Washington, Ramsey, Dakota Date: May 6; 6:00 p.m. What: Annual meeting and Awards Banquet; Guest Speaker, Dr. Dale Anderson, author of "Never Act Your Age." Where: Digidios, 7th St. St. Paul Contact: Barb Miller, 651-222-7448 or email: email@example.com 5th District Counties: McCleod, Sibley, Nicollet, Brown, Blue Earth, Watonwan, Martin, Faribault, Freeborn Date/Time: May 8; 6:00 p.m. What: Annual Nurses Week Banquet Where: Gustavus Adolphus College Contact: Linda Rossow, firstname.lastname@example.org 7th District Counties: Clay, Becker, Wadena, Todd, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Wilkin, Traverse What: Annual Banquet Date/Time: May 8; 6:00 p.m. (preceded by Education session "Nursing Involvement in Emergency Preparedness" presented by the Staff of Otter Tail County Public Health) Where: VFW, 420 Washington Ave. E. Fergus Falls Contact: Jan Rabbers, 651-646-4807, ext. 161 / cell 612-860-6658
CONTACT: Jan Rabbers of Minnesota Nurses Association, +1-651-646-4807, +1-800-536-4662, ext. 161, or cell, +1-612-860-6658
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