Nebraska School Health Conference

June 9-11, 2024, Kearney Holiday Inn

This 40th annual conference is hosted by Children's Hospital & Medical Center.

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NSNA or CNSNA

The Conference Planning Committee encourages you to join one or both of your state school nurses associations. Membership will be verified for this conference to receive the discounted member price. Membership must have been paid the previous year to receive the discounted price for this year's conference.

NSNA (Nebraska School Nurses Association): Annual dues are $125. Membership to NSNA also includes membership to NASN (National Association of School Nurses). Payment for NSNA membership is online only at www.NASN.org. (Click Renew at the top or Membership, then on Become a Member.)

CNSNA (Central Nebraska School Nurses Association): Annual dues are $25. New members should make their membership checks payable separately to the CNSNA, and they will be forwarded to the CNSNA treasurer. Current members will get their information on payment in an email from CNSNA.

Conference Information

Learning Outcome

The purpose of this activity is to transform knowledge and practice to meet the needs of school-age children.

Continuing Education Contact Hours

An application has been submitted to the Montana Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Montana Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. There will be no virtual option for attendance.

Breakouts are back!

Based on positive feedback we received, during Monday's conference, participants will have the opportunity to join breakout sessions in the morning and afternoon! Choose from five wonderful sessions to tailor your conference experience to your needs and interests.

Data Gathering Workshop

To strengthen our use of school health data across the State of Nebraska, the State Data Team is holding a workshop breakout session to guide school nurses through the foundation of data collection and analysis. School nurses will have the opportunity to create work products and outlines to take back to their districts for future use. To maximize your participation, laptops are highly encouraged.

Conference Fees

Credit card and electronic check (ACH) payments will receive a $10 discount.

Registration through May 19

NSNA/CNSNA members

  • Full two-day conference: $160
  • One-day conference (June 10 or June 11): $130

Non-members

  • Full twp-day conference: $210
  • One-day conference (June 10 or June 11): $155

Registration after May 19

NSNA/CNSNA members

  • Full two-day conference: $210
  • One-day conference (June 10 or June 11): $180

Non-members

  • Full two-day conference: $260
  • One-day conference (June 10 or June 11): $205

Registration includes breakfasts, lunches, breaks, handouts/printed material and contact hour units.

Disclosure

Evaluations are opened at the end of each Conference Day. Evaluations must be completed before Certificates for Continuing Education are issued. Certificates will be emailed to participants within 30 days. Participants are responsible for signing in for each session. If you have questions or have trouble accessing evaluations, please email sarastevensstehl@cccneb.edu.

The deadline to submit evaluations and obtain certificates is July 11, 2024. No conflict of interest has been disclosed by any presenters or members of the planning committee for this program.

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Dress Attire

Be comfortable but dress in layers as room temperatures can vary.

Meals/Special Food Requests

Small individual desserts, fruit and beverages will be available during the Sunday Social. A grab-and-go breakfast and lunch will be served Monday and Tuesday. All food is served in Loper South.

Special Food Requests/Needs: Email to schoolhealthconference@gmail.com.

Participant Directory

Names and addresses of pre-registered conference participants will be compiled in a directory to be included with conference materials to all participants. Any person registering for the conference not wishing to be included in the directory must mark the appropriate field on the conference registration form.

Audiometer Calibration Reminder

Bring your audiometers for calibration. The calibration station will be located in the vendor room, Loper North. The fee for calibration is $65 per audiometer.

Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Kearney Holiday Inn at the rate of $124.95 per night (not including taxes and/or fees) for single/double occupancy for June 9 and June 10. Reservations can be made by calling 308-237-5971. Mention the School Health Conference Group to receive the special rate. Reservations made after May 13, 2024, will only be accepted on a space and rate available basis.

Hotel check-in time is 3 p.m.

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellations sent to schoolhealthconference@gmail.com and received by May 31, 2024, will be refunded less $50 processing fee. All other cancellations received after May 31 are nonrefundable; however, a substitute participant will be accepted at the original cost.

Contact Information

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Planning Committee at schoolhealthconference@gmail.com.

The emergency phone number for the conference is 308-237-5971 (hotel).

Speakers

Martha Dewey Bergren, Keynote Speaker

Dr. Martha Dewey Bergren is a clinical professor emerita at the University of Illinois Chicago and the executive editor for the Journal of School Nursing. She is committed to demonstrating that healthy environments and a culture of health are the most cost-effective and prudent investments for children.

She will speak on Monday morning about ethics in school nursing.

MaryAnn T. Strawhacker

MaryAnn is self-employed as a professional development specialist and consultant. She worked for 30 years as a special education nurse consultant serving 11 counties in central Iowa. Job requirements included health evaulation, eligibility determination, program development, and reevaulation for special education. She conducts training regarding health as a related service and Section 504 Compliance. She has presented sessions at NASN national conferences and may state school nurse conferences. She published chapters in three editions of the IHP book for Sunrise River Press and authored many peer-reviewed nursing journal articles. She is a former Iowa director for NASN and current co-chair of the special needs school nurse SIG and is serving a term on the editorial panel for NASN School Nurse.

She will speak on Tuesday morning about the role of the school nurse in special education.

Wes Tjaden

Wes Tjaden has served the Grand Island Police Department for 18 years as a patrol officer and as a school resource officer. In 2022, he began his career as a safety officer for Grand Island Public Schools and continues to work part time for the Grand Island Police Department. He became a certified Drug Recognition Expert in 2007. He specializes in drug, alcohol and nicotine trainings for those working with juveniles. He has presented on drugs in society, drug identification and impairment with juvenlies, and drug and electronic nicotine device recognition.

He will speak on Tuesday afternoon about youth drug trends.

Schedule

Sunday, June 9, 2024 

3-5 p.m.: Conference Registration - Near Loper North

6-8 p.m.: Vendors Open - Loper North

6:15-8 p.m.: Vendor Presentations - Loper South

Join us during our Sunday Social to visit vendor tables and hear from select vendors as they share about their organizations. Topics include audiology, the Nebraska Children's Vision Foundation, Common Ground Nebraska and School Health Supply. Be sure to indicate your attendance on your registration.

Monday, June 10, 2024 

7-7:45 a.m.: Breakfast/Registration - Loper South/ Hallway Near Ballroom

7:45-8 a.m.: Welcome/Housekeeping - Ballroom

8-10 a.m.: Ethics in School Nursing, Navigating Moral Dilemmas: Martha Dewey Bergren, Clinical Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois Chicago and the Executive Editor for the Journal of School Nursing - Ballroom

10-10:30 a.m.: Break and Vendors - Loper North and South

10:30 a.m.-Noon: Breakout Sessions - Choose 1 to attend:

  • Common Teen Gynecological Conditions: Dr. Jesse Barondeau, Adolescent Medicine Subspecialist, Division Leader of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Nebraska & UNMC - Ballroom
  • Autism Awareness: Jennifer Burgard-Quaranta, Southeast Regional Coordinator (Nebraska ASD Network) - Stateroom D
  • Emergency Response: Wendy Wells, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing, West Nebraska Division, Nebraska Panhandle Area Health Education Center (NP-AHEC) Education Coordinator - Stateroom E
  • School Health Dental Screening: Dr. Charles F. Craft, Nebraska State Dental Health Director - Stateroom F
  • Data Gathering Workshop: Julie Frederick, NSNA State Data Coordinator, Health Services Coordinator at Lincoln Public Schools - Executive Room (2nd Floor)

Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch and Vendors - Loper North and South

1-2:30 p.m.: Breakout Sessions - Choose 1 to attend:

  • Common Teen Gynecological Conditions: Dr. Jesse Barondeau, Adolescent Medicine Subspecialist, Division Leader of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Nebraska and UNMC - Ballroom
  • Autism Awareness: Jennifer Burgard-Quaranta, Southeast Regional Coordinator (Nebraska ASD Network) - Stateroom D
  • Emergency Response: Wendy Wells, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing, West Nebraska Division, Nebraska Panhandle Area Health Education Center (NP-AHEC) Education Coordinator - Stateroom E
  • School Health Dental Screening: Dr. Charles F. Craft, Nebraska State Dental Health Director- Stateroom F
  • Data Gathering Workshop: Julie Frederick, NSNA State Data Coordinator, Health Services Coordinator at Lincoln Public Schools- Executive Room (2nd Floor)

2:30-3:30 p.m.: Break and Vendors - Loper North and South

3:30-4 p.m.: School Nurse Workforce: Andrea Riley, School Health Liaison for Children’s Nebraska and State School Nurse Consultant and Julie Frederick, NSNA State Data Coordinator, Health Services Coordinator at Lincoln Public Schools - Ballroom

4:15-5:15 p.m.: NSNA All Members Meeting - Stateroom C

5:30-6:30 p.m.: CNSNA All Members Meeting - Stateroom F

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

7-7:45 a.m.: Breakfast/Registration - Loper South/Hallway Near Ballroom

7:45-8 a.m.: Welcome/Housekeeping - Ballroom

8-10 a.m.: Role of the School Nurse in Special Education: MaryAnn Strawhacker, Owner/Consultant for Special Education Nurse LLC - Ballroom

10-10:30 a.m.: Break and Vendors - Loper North and South

10:30-11:45 a.m.: Tick- and Mosquito-borne Diseases in Nebraska: Sharon Sims, education consultant and Jody Green, PhD, Board Certified Entomologist - Ballroom

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch, Awards and Vendors - Loper North and South (This will be the last opportunity to visit most vendors.)

1-2:30 p.m.: Youth Drug Trends: Officer Wes Tjaden, School Safety Officer for Grand Island Public Schools, Grand Island Police Department - Ballroom

2:30-4 p.m.: Childhood Trauma & ACEs: Amanda Drier, ACEs Community Impact Officer, BraveBe - Ballroom

4 p.m.: Closing Comments and Evaluations