FGM Prevention and Referral Guidelines:

Massachusetts: Advice on preventing FGM 5-23-16

Guideline created by the Women’s Bar Associations Task Force on FGM to protect student against female genital mutilation in MA and helping victims of FGM.


Eating Disorders – NASN Publication: Beneath the Surface of Eating Disorders

This manual gives the school nurse a more thorough understanding of the complexities of eating disorders and proposes effective intervention strategies. A basic knowledge of the diagnostic criteria of eating disorders, a general overview of the epidemiology and etiology of eating disorders, and an understanding of the stereotypical images of eating disorders will increase the School Nurse’s ability to identify students struggling with eating disorders or disordered eating patterns. Buy yours today by visiting the NASN Bookstore:


Role of the School Nurse in Providing School Health Services

Published on-line on 5-23-2016. The revised Policy Statement Role of the School Nurse in Providing School Health Services recommends a minimum of one nurse per school and  a physician for every District.

American Academy of Pediatrics – Revised Policy 2016


Prescription Drug Abuse Resources Available

This two-part initiative answers the call made by NASN members for educational resources and practical tools to support strategies for preventing, identifying, and managing teenage prescription drug misuse and abuse. 1. Current State of Teenage Drug Abuse: Trend Toward Prescription Drugs includes a toolkit and a supplement to the June JOSN. Free CNE will be available. 2. Smart Move, Smart Choices responds to the growing rate of prescription drug abuse among middle and high school students nationwide. The program features free online resources for school nurses and teachers to educate teens about the serious risks of abusing prescription medicines. The program includes videos and lesson plans for middle and high school students.

To access these resources:


Ten Tips for a Healthy and Happy School Year

From getting plenty of rest to updating emergency contact information, these tips will help prepare families for the new school year.


Electronic Media and Youth Violence – CDC Tips for Parents and Educators

Technology is useful for developing social and communication skills, but can pose risks to adolescent health and safety. To help parents and educators better understand and address “electronic aggression,” the CDC is releasing new resources.


Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association (CVSA) Resources

The Resource Center from CVSA has information and downloads about this disorder.


Evidence Based Public Health Nursing

A new website about Evidence Based Public Health Nursing is now available online and sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago . At the recent NASN conference there was a strong movement towards Evidence Based Practice, which is already common in medicine and many other nursing specialties.

The site has a wonderful online Evidence Based public health nursing tutorial. The tutorial consists of six modules and upon completion you earn 3.6 contact hours. It is very easy, but extremely informative introduction to evidence based practice and how to find evidence. The site also has an Online resources for public health nursingthat lists databases and websites that you can use to find Evidence Based Nursing information. This is a free site, is easy to use and a great resource. You can even sign up for online seminars


September is Emergency Preparedness Month!

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff states “It is vital that Americans take steps to prepare for emergencies at home, work or school. Personal preparedness is paramount to effectively react to the effects of a disaster. By preparing yourself, your family, and your businesses, you allow first responders prioritize efforts and aid.” To often, this topic is put on the back burner due to more immediate concerns and this month is the time to focus attention on getting prepared for naturally-occurring or man-made disasters.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is sponsoring the fourth annual National Preparedness Month and it’s goal is to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies and encourage individuals/families to take action to do this task. This month is to provide Americans a variety of ways to learn more about emergency preparedness and encourage them to get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, be informed about different threats, and get involved in preparing their communities.

The American Red Cross states “Preparedness is an everyday task for everyday life”. Being prepared helps you and your family minimize the impact of a disaster such as a hurricane or an emergency such as a broken leg. Begin with the basics of making a plan and building a kit. Please make sure that your students, parents and staff know what to do if an emergency occurs at or on the way to school. This can be accomplished during school classes and PAC meetings. Below are websites that will assist you. The Department of Homeland Security has the website with wonderful handouts and games for school age children. Just click on Ready kids!


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Seasonal Influenza/flu Pandemic

School Health Services in Massachusetts

Adolescent Provider Toolkit

The San Francisco Adolescent Health Working Group has completed the fifth module of the Adolescent Provider Toolkit Series. This module, entitled Behavioral Health, is focused on adolescent mental health and substance use. It’s a great resource for clinical practice, training and education. This module, as well as the entire Toolkit, can be downloaded free at


Prevent Youth Bullying

“Bullying is something we cannot ignore,” Secretary Thompson said. “From the school rooms to the school yards, we must nurture a healthy environment for our children. By engaging the entire community in preventing bullying we can promote a more peaceful and safe place for children to grow.”

The campaign, “Take A Stand. Lend A Hand. Stop Bullying Now!”, is designed to stop bullying, including verbal or physical harassment that occurs repeatedly over time, that is intended to cause harm and that involves an imbalance of power between the child who bullies and the child who is bullied. Among boys, bullying typically involves pushing, shoving and other forms of physical intimidation. Girls tend to bully through gossiping, social exclusion and verbal teasing, but boys frequently engage in these forms of bullying as well.

The campaign was developed by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration in partnership with more than 70 health, safety, education and faith-based organizations. In addition, a Youth Expert Panel comprised of 18 children ages 9-13 years provided creative direction during the development of the campaign.”

The impact of bullying on children’s educational success and personal well-being is tremendous. According to the U.S. Department of Education, one in four children who act as bullies will have a criminal record by the age of 30. Studies have shown people who bully others often behave badly in school and are more likely to smoke, drink alcohol, and tend to receive lower grades.

The “Stop Bullying Now!” campaign includes a web-based, animated story featuring a cast of young people who deal with bullies in the classrooms, hallways, and grounds of a middle school. With help from teachers, parents, and other adults, the bullied characters get support from fellow students who step up to make it clear that bullying is “not cool.”

“We know we need to change the culture that allows bullying to occur, particularly in school settings,” Dr. Duke said. “This campaign tells educators and parents that bullying is a serious issue and provides resources that will help them put a stop to it.”

For more information on “Take A Stand. Lend A Hand. Stop Bullying Now!” go to, or call 1-888-ASK-HRSA.


Asthma Program for Schools

The Starbright Foundation is offering a free asthma program to schools. The program consists of the Starbright Asthma CD-ROM Game: Quest for the Code and corresponding Implementation Guide that offers tips for using the program as part of a coordinated school health program.

Quest for the Code is an educational CD-ROM program in English and Spanish that uses an engaging storyline, high-end gaming technology and the talent of eleven top celebrities to capture kids attention while helping them learn key asthma management concepts. An interdisciplinary team, led by Dr. Gary Rachelefsky, helped shape the program’s educational content. The program was developed for children and teens ages 7 to 15. Quest for the Code begins with an animated tour of the lungs that uses 3D graphics and animation to depict how asthma and asthma medications affect the lungs.

The program also includes information about:

  • Identifying and avoiding asthma triggers in different environments
  • Distinguishing between the early warning signs of asthma and asthma symptoms and what actions to take for each.
  • Understanding the difference between asthma myths and true statements about asthma
  • How to use different medications and devices
  • Managing asthma at home, school and at play
  • How to talk with others about asthma

For more information:


Physical Activity: Four Free Brochures Available from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to announce the availability of four free brochures to help parents, teachers, and principals increase physical activity among elementary and middle school-aged youth. These colorful brochures contain photos, motivating messages, and specific activity ideas for home, school, and community. The parents’ brochure is available in English and Spanish versions. To print or order copies, go to call toll-free 888-231-6405.


Heads Up! Free Tool Kit from CDC on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

More than 1.1 million people sustain mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBIs) each year. Physicians can play a key role in helping to prevent MTBI and in improving patient outcomes when it does occur. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), working with a number of partners, has developed a new tool kit to improve clinical diagnosis and management of MTBI. Heads Up: Brain Injury in Your Practice, is now available free of charge to you and your colleagues. The kit contains practical, easy-to-use clinical information, patient information in English and Spanish, scientific literature, and a CD-ROM.


MASSTART: Planning for Children with Complex Health Care Needs in the Educational Setting

MASSTART is a free consultation and technical support service for parents whose children have complex health conditions or students who are assisted by technology, school nurses and other school or health care personnel. Services provided by this program include staff training and consultation/information on health care technologies such as tube feedings, ventilators, oxygen, and also diagnosis-specific health management in the school. MASSTART also provides child-specific consultation regarding health care and emergency planning for students who are assisted by technology or have complex health conditions, with the family’s permission and involvement.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Family and Community Health, Division for Special Health Needs funds the MASSTART Program. Please contact the provider in your region or the Clinical Coordinator for more information, or to make a referral.



Testicular Self Examination

A free video highlighting testicular self examination/cancer is available from: TCF Awareness Education

Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Q and A: Questions and Answers on Individual Education Programs (IEP’s), Evaluation and Reevaluations

The United States Department of Education’s web site offers a free copy of “A Guide to the Individualized Education Program”. This useful 36 page booklet will assist educators, parents and state and local educational agencies in implementing Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act regarding IEP’s for children with disabilities. Please visit their web site at . Click on search and type in the letters “IEP”.


Teaching Tolerance 

Teaching Tolerance is a 65 page magazine which features articles and original artwork on respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. Published by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit legal and education foundation, a free subscription can be obtained by making a request on school letterhead to the following address:

Teaching Tolerance

Southern Poverty Law Center

P.O. Box 548

Montgomery, Alabama 36177-9621

or at Teaching Tolerance

Responding to Hate in School is published by Teaching Tolerance and is designed to prevent conflict and violence in schools. The guide gives realistic methods of early detection and intervention of bias problems. It also offers step by step procedures for dealing with racist graffiti, peer isolation, harassment, put-downs, and name calling. One copy free to educators who make a request by mail or fax on school letterhead to the following address:

Responding to Hate and Bias at School –  Guidelines for administrators and school staff (PDF)

Substance Abuse Education

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has developed a packet of slides that can be used as a tool to help community leaders, teachers and others present information on the neurobiology of addiction and the effects various drugs have on the brain. You may download the slides, along with talking points, at or call Join Together at (617) 437-1500 to request the packet.

This sites states that it has the latest news on substance abuse and addiction.

Courtesy of the Consortium for the Prevention of Substance Abuse


Marijuana: Facts Every Parent Should Know

This is a 30 page booklet which provides valuable scientific information on marijuana for parents. You may call the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at (888)644-6432 or go online at to request publication #PHD712.

Courtesy of the Consortium for the Prevention of Substance Abuse


Preventing Drug Use Among Children and Adolescents

This booklet provides research-based concepts and information to further efforts to develop and carry out effective drug abuse prevention programs. Call the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at (800) 729-6686 and ask for publication #PHD734.

National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2003). Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents: A research-based guide (2nd ed.)

Courtesy of the Consortium for the Prevention of Substance Abuse



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