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Take the ANA Leadership courses with me!

A few weeks ago I signed up for the ANA webinar “Values Based Leadership: Creating a Culture of Ownership”. Turns out this is one of many webinar offerings from ANA’s Leadership Institute.

The first webinar is on January 29th, but there are a few readings to do ahead of time. Once you sign up, you will receive a link to log in to your dashboard, which you can then personalize with your picture and other info about yourself. (Am I the only one who loves to set up their profile? It’s fun to customize and make it your own.)

The best part is this webinar is FREE if you are an ANA member, and you also will get CE’s and access to several free e-books, one of which is “The Florence Prescription”:

Florence Challenge

I am going to diligently work through all of the course offerings, as some of them as self-paced and some are available via webinar. Can’t wait to get to the Informatics one:

informatics course

I’d love to hear feedback from other Nurses who are going through the courses as well. Right now I am going to do the readings for this first webinar, and then I will post an update after the January 29th webinar. Who’s with me?!

Presenting at #NASN2014

Twit pic right before Yvonne and I gave our presentation on EHR's at the NASN 2014 conference.

Twit pic right before Yvonne and I gave our presentation on EHR’s at the NASN 2014 conference.

I was SO NERVOUS when we took this picture. We were about to start our presentation titled “Making Effective Use of Electronic Student Health Data”, and as our School Nurse colleagues filed in to take a seat, we took this selfie and posted it to the #NASN Twitter feed. It helped to settle my butterflies somewhat.

My mind went from “What if no one shows up?” to “Oh thank goodness, some people have arrived” to “OMG there are a LOT of people in here now” in the 10 minutes before the presentation started. Once my colleague Yvonne started talking I scanned the audience for familiar faces, and was comforted to see several. By the time it was my turn to speak, I was much calmer and focused, and I actually surprised myself by being able to talk “about” the slides, as opposed to just reading from my notes. All in all I’m happy with the presentation, and I am glad we decided to speak on this topic. Sometimes people glaze over when I start talking to them about EHR’s and data, but the Nurses who attended the presentation were interested in the topic and asked great questions. Yeah for data geeks like me!

I saw a lot of great presentations at this conference. Among my favorites were:

National School Nurse Standardized Dataset: What Do I Collect and How Do I Use It? NASN is going to start capturing data points on staffing, student disposition, and chronic conditions. The wheels in my head started turning during the presentation as to how we can capture this info in our District. Some of the data points we are already collecting, which is even better!

How to Turn Your Project into a Manuscript: Really You Can! This presentation was so informative, and the speakers were honest yet encouraging. I was really impressed by their willingness to share their knowledge and encourage everyone in the room to consider submitting a publication to the NASN School Nurse journal or the Journal of School Nursing. (Also an FYI, the JOSN does podcasts!)

Ordinary School Nurses are Extraordinary Leaders. Two past NASN Presidents spoke during this session, and I really enjoyed the contrast between their presentation styles. They talked about different leadership styles, and how “all School Nurses are leaders”. Inspiring stuff.

#NASN2014 Countdown has begun

I’m almost packed and ready to go! The caravan is hitting the road soon for San Antonio. It has been fun seeing everyone’s tweets from #NASN2014 so far. Tomorrow I am excited to attend the Pre-Con workshop for J&J Fellows. Can’t wait to see some of the Nurses we met last summer. (Hey New Jersey Nurses!)

I was very fortunate to be able to attend the J&J School Nurse Leadership Institute last summer with five other fantastic Klein ISD Nurses: Beth Pali, Yvonne Clarke, Brittany Llloyd, Linda Rosemeyer and Laurie Combe. I highly recommend this program to any School Nurse who wants to grow her leadership and presentation skills, and meet some wonderful mentors. Check out the link below to learn more about their program. Then assemble your team of School Nurses and apply!

J&J