January - 2021

February - 2021

March - 2021

April - 2021

May - 2021

Monthly MCSNA Meeting: 

When: 01/08/21 4:00PM

Where: Virtual Meeting

January Program: Guts & Glory

When: 01/21/21 | 4:30PM - 5:30PM

Where: Zoom

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February Program: TBD

When:  02/18/21 | 4:30PM - 5:30PM

Where: Zoom

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Monthly MCSNA Meeting: 

When: 02/04/21 4:00PM

Where: Virtual Meeting

Monthly MCSNA Meeting: 

When: 03/04/21 4:00PM

When: 03/31/21 4:00PM

Where: Virtual Meeting

NJSNA 

When: TBD

Where: TBD

 

Zoom Meeting

When: 05/06/20 4:00PM

Where: Zoom Meeting

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June - 2021

Monthly MCSNA Meeting: 

When: 06/03/21 4:00PM

Where: Virtual Meeting

MCSNA


 

MCSNA is a professional organization that is committed to the support of Certified School Nurses who are specialists in health promotion and health education.

The MCSNA provides assistance to school nurses in Morris County through collaboration and professional development programs for the maintenance of high quality healthcare in the school setting.

President's Message 09/11/20

Dear Membership,
Welcome back to a 2020-2021 school year. As we imagined, the school year is starting off with uncertainty. No two districts’ entry plans look the same state wide, and not even county wide. This makes for a very confusing and unnerving start to what should otherwise be a time that sets the standard for the rest of the school year. A few districts opened up with modifications, many chose hybrid versions of virtual learning, while still others are remaining completely virtual until circumstances are more predictable.

Just yesterday, new districts in NJ announced they were going completely virtual and Dr. Fauci of the NIH, stated we are in for a bumpy uncertain future this fall as soon as flu season hits. What does all this mean? I have no idea. Given that most of us do not, MCSNA has made the decision to remain completely virtual for the time being. We will reassess monthly as new information becomes available to us and the world in general. What does this mean for all of you? It means, to begin with, we will have to have a large general membership meeting in October. We have some very important items to address. We must approve this year’s budget, we need to vote on updated changes to the by-laws, and we intend on finally virtually honoring the retirees from last May. Please understand that we need at least 45 people in general membership in order to vote on those very important items. We have a 100-person maximum on our zoom/meeting account so as soon as we send out the invitation please be sure to sign up. You will still earn PD time and you will be able to thank some of our colleagues for their dedicated service to our profession. That meeting will be held the same day and approximate time we had formally planned to have our Annual October Dinner. If you had intended to honor a colleague in May that was retiring, and you would like to do it now, please let Anne Albicocco our corresponding secretary know. You can present live or pre-record something, but please limit your presentation to 5 minutes. We are limited in time and we have a number of special ladies that deserve the accolades.

As far as our programs are concerned. We will still have those wonderful programs, and you will still have the chance to earn PD, it will just be virtual for now. We will have sign ups and then invite you to those programs. Again 100 persons maximum so be sure to sign up when they open up. Once we have secured our presenters they will be posted on our web page as usual. Please be patient and flexible as everything changes as you are painfully aware. We will let you know
immediately if anything changes or surfaces that will affect this association in any way. Have an easy new year and stay safe.

Thank You,

Julie Richman

March 23 ,2020

Dear MCSNA Members:

   It is with sincere regret that I must inform you all that our Annual May dinner will be canceled this school year, due to the ongoing concerns regarding all issues related to the COVID-19 virus, and the uncertainty at this time of continued need for social distancing. We look forward to resuming our wonderful programming in the fall.

I hope you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy.

Julie Richman


 


December - 2020

Monthly MCSNA Meeting

When: 12/03/20 4:00PM

Where: Virtual Meeting


November - 2020

Monthly MCSNA Meeting: 

When: 11/12/20 4:00PM

Where: Virtual Meeting

 

November Program:  Zoom Meeting

Stress and Anxiety In Children. Support for COVID-19 and beyond...

When: 11/19/20 4:30PM

Where: Zoom Meeting

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September - 2020

Monthly MCSNA Meeting: 

When: 09/10/20 4:00PM

Where: Virtual Meeting

 

 


October - 2020

General Membership Meeting & Recognizing Our Retirees

Program: 

When: 10/15/20 4:30PM

Where: Get your certificate!

Monthly MCSNA Meeting: 

When: 04/15/21 4:00PM

Where: Virtual Meeting

Presidents Message 03/10/21

Dear MCSNA Membership,

With the end of the school year quickly approaching it is a time for self- reflection as well as a time for looking forward. This year, which felt like a continuation of last school year, we nurses were all faced with learning to streamline our nursing practice to accommodate an uncertain, ever-changing, and unique set of circumstances, while always striving to institute best practice and excellence to the utmost of our ability.

Across our profession in general, nurses could be counted on, whatever that looked like for each individual at any given moment. We have come so far, yet still have so far to go. Based on my own experiences, my practice will never go back to what I thought was normal before, but rather I hope to establish a new normal that will incorporate many of the hard earned lessons that this Pandemic has forced me to  face as I’m sure most of you have also experienced.

 Just as this has been a unique school year, similarly it has been a unique year for MCSNA. We have remained virtual and continue to do so as I write this missive to you all.  At the upcoming May event, Wendy Madonia will be installed as your new Morris County School Nurses Association President. Please join me in wishing her all the best as she assumes the helm in a most difficult time. At that event we will also install all our officers and any new board members, and they will begin their work immediately following being sworn in.

 As many of you may or may not know, I took a new position in Sparta (Sussex County) so I have also joined the Sussex County Nurses Association.   I will of course remain a member and be available to all board members for any advice or consultation. I will attend the monthly meetings and actively participate as far as my schedule will allow. I have been a member of the board for the last 17 years, give or take, so it feels bittersweet to be writing this, but as we all know, nothing stays the same.

This is why I am writing to you now. We have now, two positions, on our board that as of May, will be open until we find someone willing to fill them. The first is the President elect position, who is largely in charge of programming for the year and will eventually become president and replace Wendy when she completes her two year term. The other is VP who is responsible for coordinating our May dinner event.  Many of us old timers on the board have served in all these positions and are great resources for anyone willing to take it on. If you are willing, you will not be alone. We will all support you in learning to navigate your position.

Wendy cannot serve in all three of these positions. It takes a village and in this case a vibrant organization to keep it going. I have said many times that MCSNA is well respected and admired by many other counties in NJ. We have often served as the standard for newer, fledgling organizations looking to provide many of the services to their nurses that Morris County has for years. This does not all happen in a vacuum. We need people to step up . It’s time for an ambitious young   group to take the gavel. Many of the nurses that mentored me, have since retired and it is through their support and guidance, that I was able to do the same as I am now asking of you. Please, please, please do not take it for granted that this organization will always be there working for you.

Without a core group of people, nurturing and caring for it, it could possibly cease to exist as we currently know it.  Behind the scenes, membership, our accounts, our programming, our website, other events, our dinners, our refreshments, our resources,   all types of communication to you regarding our organization and school nursing community events, and so much more are all managed by school nurse colleagues willing to give of their time. It is March, only two months until the May event, which takes place within the first week of May. I am imploring you to consider stepping up and helping out. If you’re even entertaining the possibility of taking a position, and want to know more about it, we are all willing to answer any questions you may have.

 Once again it has been an honor to be your President. May the end of this school year be a good one for you all with lots of learning and limited illness. I hope to see you all at the May event. We will make final decisions as to what that will look like at our April Executive board meeting so be sure to look for sign up after 4/2/21.

Best,

Julie Richman, RN, MSN, CSN


 

Dear Colleagues,

 

COVID-19 continues to make its presence in Morris County and after much discussion the MCSNA Executive Committee has voted to cancel our in-person Spring Annual Dinner and have a Zoom meeting on Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

We will elect our board for the 2021-22 school year, at the meeting. We are in desperate need to fill the positions for President-elect and Bylaws Committee. If you would be interested in either of these positions or to join our group of dynamic school nurses as we promote School Nursing in Morris County, feel free to reach out to me, or any of the officers and committee chairpersons.

The nominee’s for the upcoming school year are:

  • President – Wendy Madonia, Rockaway
  • President-elect
  • Vice President – Julia Ioannou, Morris County Vo-Tec
  • Recording Secretary- Lorraine LaTempa
  • Corresponding Secretary- Anne Albicocco, Morris Hills Regional
  • Treasurer– Carol Pace, Chatham
  • Parliamentarian – Kate Zenna, Roxbury

 

Additionally, we will recognize our retiree’s and would appreciate it if you would let us know as soon as possible if you or your colleague will be retiring this year.  We will allow a colleague of the retiree to speak a few words on their behalf. Just let us know when sharing the news with us of the person’s retirement if you wish to do so.

Our program speaker will be Dr. Cecilia Di Pentima, MD, MPH, FAAP. Dr. Di Pentima will address COVID-19: Where we were, where we are, and where we are going: Consideration for school nurses moving forward. If you have any questions for the doctor, send them to Julia Ioannou at ioannouj@mcvts.org.

Registration for this dinner will be available on the MCSNA.net website. Registration closes on May 4th.

Any questions or concerns, please email Julie Ioannou at ioannouj@mcvts.org or Wendy Madonia at madonialoveslucy@aol.com

Sincerely,

Wendy Madonia

President-Elect

 
 

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