Prince William County School Board approves Reclassification of School Nurses

June 7th, 2017 - The Prince William County School Board approved the Reclassification of School Nurses, with a Bachelor's degree or above, to be moved to the teacher pay scale commensurate as teaching faculty are placed on that scale. The required funds, in the amount of $840,160, were approved to be drawn from the general reserve for the 2017–18 academic year. Kudos to Ms. Teresa A. Polk, MSA, BSN, RN, Supervisor of School Health Services and the Prince William County School Nurses for their efforts to have the School Nurses recognized and compensated commensurate to their education as nursing professionals and experience - and for all of the ongoing health services they provide to the students of PWCS!  Also a huge THANK YOU to PWCS Superintendent, Dr. Steven L. Walts, Ed.D. and the majority of the Prince William County School Board for stepping up and serving as a model of best practice in School Health Services for all of Virginia's School Divisions. Dr. Walts and the PWCS Board are a shining example in their willingness to learn about what school nurses really do and taking the appropriate actions to recognize School Nurses as the highly educated licensed nursing professional school staff that they are!

View the PWCS Board actions in the Reclassification of School Nurses at the June 7, 2017 school board meeting, business on the issue starts at the 3:33:43 mark.

2017 Governor's Proclamation of School Nurse Day

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VASN SOQ Position Statement

This is a very exciting time to be a school nurse in Virginia! I am grateful for those of you who have been passionate advocates for school nursing services in the Commonwealth. Your voices have been heard, and the BOE is currently considering a proposal to add School Nursing Services into the Standards of Quality at a ratio of one nurse to every 550 students for the first time. It would be a historic step forward in providing professional school nursing care for our students and families. Our goal ultimately is to have at least one school nurse in every building, every day, based on the needs of each individual school community. That is an admittedly ambitious goal which we can and should continue to advocate for most effectively at the local level. The VASN Legislative Committee met on several occasions via phone conference to draft an official statement in response to this initiative. Members of the VASN Executive Board helped to create the final document that is attached. It has been voted on and approved by the VASN Executive Board and submitted to Melissa Duchau, Director for Board Relations at the Virginia Department of Education. Please review the attached position statement and send your own comments of support to by Wednesday, October 26th for inclusion in the BOE's discussion prior to their vote on the proposal next Wednesday. Thank you for all you do to promote school nursing services in Virginia and provide superior professional care to our students.

Best Regards,
Michelle Prescott
Michelle Prescott, BSN, RN, NCSN, AE-C
Rena B. Wright Primary School Health Advisor
600 Park Avenue
Chesapeake, VA 23324
President, Virginia Association of School Nurses

VASN SOQ Position Statement

Recommendations to Revise SOQ

proposed by the VBOE Committee on Standards of Quality Dated September 22, 2016

Virginia Association of School Nurses (VASN) is pleased to announce its new and updated online social media platforms.

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Governor's Proclamation of School Nurse Day

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Do you know a VASN Member that is an exemplary School Nurse Administrator, School Nurse or PPSN?

If so, consider nominating them for one of the 2016 Excellence Awards. Deadline is October 5th


Keep your Member Profile information, including your e-mail, up to date by going to the NASN Member Center and click on *View or Edit Your Profile* . The e-mail you list on your Members Profile is how NASN, VASN, and the School Nurse Net connect with you.

Michelle Prescott, BSN, RN, NCSN, AE-C 2013 VASN School Nurse of the Year

Congratulations to Michelle Prescott, 2013 VASN School Nurse of the Year. For more information see Michelle’s nomination on the Excellence Page or click here.

Robin Wallin, MSN, RN, CPNP, NCSN 2013 VASN School Nurse Administrator of the Year

Congratulations to Robin Wallin, 2013 VASN School Nurse Administrator of the Year. For more information see Robin’s nomination on the Excellence Page or click here. Additional accolades go to Robin Wallin on her acceptance into the AACN/CDC Public Health Fellowship sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Robin will relocate to Atlanta for her fellowship at the CDC which begins in January. Congratulations, Robin!

VASN Distinguished Service Awards recognize those who have gone above and beyond as leaders in nursing. VASN presented this award to selected nurses in recognition for their dedicated servant leadership. Their exceptional professional school nursing practice and leadership have significantly benefitted school nurse colleagues, students, the community and our profession. 2013 recipients included Dianne Meek, Diane Allen, Sandy Thompson, Nancy Markley, Norma Bergey, and Barbara Yow.

Janet Wright, VASN’s NASN Director, has been recognized as the Virginia Chapter of March of Dimes 2013 Community Health/Public Health/School Nurse. Congratulations, Janet! For details on her service and accomplishments leading to this award click the link:

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