It’s been a busy week here on my elementary campus. The District has been celebrating Peace and Love all week with the #paintthecommunitywithpeace initiative. We had fun decorating our door for the Health Services contest. (Note to self: Always have more than one person spellcheck the message on said door before taking a picture and tweeting it out to the Universe.)
There are only four days left to apply for the Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership program! I can’t say enough great things about this program. For School Nurses, who may not ever had had any sort of formal leadership training, this is a fantastic opportunity to really challenge yourself.
Is there an issue on your campus you really want to try and fix, and but feel overwhelmed or unsure how to proceed? Are you a part of important health related decisions on your campus? Do you want to be at the table for those important decisions, but just are not sure how to get there? Twist the arms of some of your fellow School Nurses, and download the application ASAP. This week long program will change the way you see yourself as a School Nurse. You will learn presentation skills, how to network with colleagues and other stakeholders, and connect with some wonderful mentors who really want you to succeed.
I never thought I would have the guts to present at a national conference, or present a poster on a topic important to me. But this program gave me the kick start I needed to accomplish both of those goals. I promise to anyone who attends this program you will come away changed for the better. IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES! Seriously though, if you are on the fence about applying, just go for it. You’re welcome.
I haven’t posted in quite some time, and I have been meaning to get back into the blog. This semester I have been so busy at school, but things are finally settling down. Over the weekend I attended the Texas School Nurses Organization conference, and lucky for me it was here in Houston! I really enjoy attending conferences. It’s always so interesting to me to hear from other people in my profession how they work, what challenges they have overcome, and what they like and/or don’t like about their careers. I always come away with new information, and new colleagues to keep in touch with. I presented a poster on School Nurses and Social Media while there, and helped coordinate the Twitter feed #TSNO2014. It was a great conference, and I am glad I got the opportunity to work with TSNO and run the Twitter feed during the conference. Now if I could just convince more School Nurses to Tweet!
Wow, the first month of school has been crazy busy. Between going back to work in my Elementary school clinic, my graduate school classes kicking back up, and my two kids in middle school, things have been hectic! I have not been blogging as much as I would like, but I will be back once things settle down in a few weeks.
In the meantime, check out a new blog from School Nurse BrennaQ. You can also follow Brenna here on Twitter.
And for my fellow Informatics Nurses out there, if you haven’t already, you should join the American Nursing Informatics Association, aka ANIA. They have some great resources on their website, including a vast online library where you can access CE offerings and archived webinars. They are also on social media, so check out their Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. Social Media is a great avenue to connect with fellow Nurse colleagues!
In a really neat twist, my two worlds of School Nursing and Informatics have something in common this week. My school district recently updated their website, which I love, and today they added an interactive dashboard:
So how does this relate to my Healthcare Informatics studies at SBMI? This semester I am taking a class on data visualization, and we are going to learn how to design dashboards and other interactive displays. So far the classes have been very interesting. It’s great that I have a real world example that is personal to me to refer back to. This dashboard got me to thinking about my school clinic data, and how I could develop an interactive dashboard with Tableau once I get more comfortable with the program. More projects to work on!