Mission

 

 

Our organization’s mission is to promote and advance quality school health services throughout the Commonwealth and promote the rights, interests and professional growth of our members.

Members are encouraged to take an active stance in decisions directly impacting school nursing, especially in the legislative, economic, and educational arenas.

 

Pay Equity Survey   (< click to view)

 

Advocacy Toolkit

Legislator_Visit_Days_January_2015_

Superintendent_Approval_Letter-2015

Legislator Invitation 2015

Legislator_Thank_You 2015

Press-Release-2015 

Nurses in the Educational Setting  (Hassey)

 

Find Your Legislator

(http://www.malegislature.gov/People/Search)

 

Sample FY17 Budget Support Letter

Date 2016

The Honorable Representative ____ or /Senator _____

State House, Room _____

Boston, Massachusetts 02133

Dear Representative or Senator ______:

I am writing to request your support of level funding in the School-Based Health Programs (4590-0250) line item of the Governor’s FY 16 budget proposal. 4590-0250 funds School Health Services and School-Based Health Center programs.

  • School Health Services programs allow critical health services to be available at the place where children spend most of their day: at school.
  • School Health Programs are a vital point of access to health care for many school-aged children as these programs provide their only contact with the health care system.
  • School Health Services programs collect student health data in each district/region and many private schools which is crucial to the strategic planning necessary to mitigate health barriers to education.
  • School Health Services programs align with the Governor’s FY 16 priorities: Renewed investment in Education to create opportunity and to keep the economy growing. It is worth noting that school nurses are actively working to support these important initiatives. The medical issues of the Commonwealth’s 1.2 million school children are increasing dramatically: 24% of all students have a medical or mental health diagnosis … 1 out of every 4 students!

Continued support of School Health Services programs will place the health, safety, and academic progress of the Commonwealth’s children/youth at the forefront of our future investment and growth.

I am requesting your commitment to School-Based Health Programs (4590-0250) and continued level funding!

Thank you for your time and attention! I greatly appreciate your support and advocacy for school nursing/school health services facilitate students’ overall health and academic achievements.

Sincerely,

Name ___________________________

Address_________________________

Phone #__________________________

 

Massachusetts Committees of the General Court

You can access who is on what legislative committee by visiting Massachusetts Committees of the General Court. You can also use this site to follow bills and to identify your local Representative and Senator.

For reference:

Main number for the State House Senator Lobby: 1-617-722-2000

House of Representatives: 1-617-722-2800

You may ask to speak to your Senator or Representative by name or by noting the community where you live. You may also find who your senator and/or representative is by visiting www.state.ma.us.

 

Mass School Nurse Organization

Keep communicating with your local legislators.

Sample Letter for Communicating with Legislators

The following sample letter is intended to serve as a guide for nurses to keep politically active. Please feel free to keep it on your desk or by your telephone for quick reference when needed.

 

HOW TO WRITE A SAMPLE LETTER

Address the letter with proper titles:

  • The Governor: “His Excellency Charlie Baker.”
  • The Lieutenant Governor: “The Honorable Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito”.
  • Your state senator, state representative, U.S. Senator or U.S. Congressman: “The Honorable.”

Salutations: “Dear Governor, Senator or Representative…” Address: State House Boston, Massachusetts 02133

Helpful Hints

  1. Always identify yourself as a nurse and a constituent.
  2. Make reference to the bill or act you want them to support.
  3. Include brief reasons.
  4. If possible give examples.
  5. Ask for a response.
  6. When signing, include your complete name, title, organizational membership, address and telephone number. Remember that it can take just a few contacts from constituents to influence a vote in the legislature.

SAMPLE

The Honorable Representative/Senator: (Name)

Room (Room #) State House

Boston, Massachusetts 02133

 

Dear Representative or Senator: (Name)

 

I am one of over 2,100 school nurses in Massachusetts who is concerned with the safety and health care of the children in Massachusetts. Children attending schools today are faced not only with the usual common infectious diseases; they face the threat of other major health problems not always well understood by teachers, parents, and the communities. Special needs children integrating into the classrooms of every town have significant health and nursing needs. The administration of medication and monitoring their effects, coupled with the needs of children from dysfunctional families, further complicate the picture of school health.

Please watch for upcoming legislation for expansion of Chapter 71, Section 3, M.G.L. or bill #. We urge you to support an act/or Bill # of providing a minimum of one school nurse for every public and non- public school building in the Commonwealth.

 

Thank you for your attention to this important issue.

Sincerely,

 

Your name, RN (other credentials)

Address and telephone number

 

TELEPHONE PROTOCOL

Senator Lobby: 1-617-722-2000
House of Representatives: 1-617-722-2800
  • Hello, my name is:phone
  • I live in (town):
  • May I speak to the legislative staff person?
  • I am a school nurse in (school town):
  • I am urging Senator/Representative to vote for (Bill # or Act#)

 

HOW TO WRITE FOR TESTIMONY

  1. Name the title of Bill or Act.
  2. Introduce yourself.
  3. Use personal experience. Your expertise is valued.
  4. “I am a registered nurse. I have….years experience in….”
  5. State your purpose. Know your argument. Are you for or against?
  6. Support arguments with facts. Every fact should be related to the argument. Don’t go off on tangents or try to make too many separate arguments. Keep it simple. Have one central idea in mind.
  7. Give examples.
  8. Avoid quotes from someone else. They are just quotes. It does not really help to support your argument.
  9. Use short sentences. Avoid overly technical or “fancy” words.
  10. You should acknowledge the other side. Let the reader know you are aware of arguments on the other side. If you can rebut them, do so.

 

TESTIFYING AT THE STATE HOUSE

(similar to written testimony and you can leave your speech)

You will have only THREE minutes to speak….be concise, make eye contact and speak slowly!

  • Introduce yourself.
  • Name the title of Bill or Act.
  • Use personal experience. Your expertise is valued.
  • “I am a registered nurse. I have….years experience in….”
  • State your purpose. Know your argument. Are you for or against?
  • Support arguments with facts. Every fact should be related to the argument. Don’t go off on tangents or try to make too many separate arguments. Keep it simple. Have one central idea in mind.
  • Give examples.   Use short sentences. Avoid overly technical or “fancy” words.
  • If they ask a question, tell them you appreciate the question, if you definitely know the answer you can reply. If you don’t know, tell them you will find out and get back to them…then get back to them!
  • You should acknowledge the other side. Let the committee members know you are aware of arguments on the other side. If you can rebut them, do so.
  • Thank them for their attention and for keeping the students in Massachusetts safe in school.

 

 

 

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