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Hazel Celebrates School Nurses at NASN’s 51st Annual Conference

We honored 10 school nurses with a complimentary conference registration.
3 min read
August 1, 2019
Hazel Team
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Raquel Antunez, Vice President of Education Markets

This summer, Hazel partnered with the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) to send ten school nurses from across the country to NASN’s 51st Annual Conference. The group met at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Denver, Colorado for four days packed with keynote speakers, workshops, demonstrations and, most importantly, a celebration of everything school nurses do to keep families happy and healthy.

In honor of School Nurse Day on May 8, 2019, we honored ten school nurses spanning from San Francisco to New Jersey with a complimentary conference registration to recognize all of the hard work they do in schools every day. With five core conference themes (standards of practice, care coordination, quality improvement, leadership, and community/public health), we heard from nurses, journalists, paramedics, and more to gain valuable insights into everything from mental health advocacy to bridging health and education policies.

In addition to exploring Denver’s invigorating metropolis, filled with historical landmarks, museums, restaurants, and more, we spent the evenings with fellow affiliate members at awards celebrations, rallies, and even a School Health/NASN Dance Party. It was an incredibly inspiring four days celebrating the true superheroes of our schools.

Now more than ever, we must prioritize school nurse advocacy and skill building as communities face increased barriers in access to affordable healthcare. The NASN identifies five instrumental contributions a school nurse makes to the community as: attendance, academics, time saving, staff wellness, and accountability. Here at Hazel, we hope to provide tools that work hand in hand with the amazing work school health professionals do to see the next generation succeed.

As a former school principal and educator myself, I saw first hand how student health plays a crucial role in academic success. That’s why we work with school nurses — to collaborate and help manage workflow in order to empower them by expanding the level of care they provide to students. By helping on the ground at a hyperlocal level, we hope to contribute to the high quality standard of care in order to elevate entire communities.

We look forward to seeing you at NASN 2020!

Here’s what some of our school nurse honorees had to say:

“Thank you so much for the wonderful sponsorship!  It was such an unexpected surprise to get the conference fee covered…I really appreciate it, especially since I came to present a poster and didn’t know how I would pay for it.”  

“I am very grateful and humbled by your generous donation.  I truly appreciate your kindness.”

“Thank you for sponsoring us to come to NASN.  It is an incredible conference and my work was only able to send me this year.  With your sponsorship, I was able to use my work reimbursement for next year and attend this year!”

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The Hazel provider recommended he get a COVID-19 test and shared resources to help find a testing center in their area. The father was eager to help his son feel better and appreciated being able to quickly get answers and advice.
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After the visit, the Hazel provider reached out to the school nurse to check on the student’s injury. The nurse shared that the student’s ankle was improving, and she appreciated the follow-up.
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The provider was able to send the refill to a local pharmacy within one day. The mother was happy that her son would have the medicine he needed. She was also amazed at how easy and fast the entire process was.
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After talking with the school nurse and the Hazel provider about her symptoms and medical history, the student was happy to find out it was likely allergies. She got some medicine and returned to class feeling better.
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The Hazel doctor listened as the mother shared her concerns and frustrations. Hazel reassured her that they would find the right services for her child. After the initial visit, the Hazel doctor partnered with the school counselor and the student’s mother to identify resources and counseling services that are a good fit.
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Hazel called home, and the student’s mother confirmed her diagnosis. They discussed how to help manage the child’s stress, and Hazel offered to connect the child with counseling resources through the school. The mother was very grateful for the guidance and was eager to get her child help during a stressful time.
Counselor Story
Hazel Health has been integral this year in getting our students the mental health services needed to help them live healthy lives.  The staff has been attentive, prompt, and resourceful. There is an evident sense of caring for the work they do and the students they serve. It has been a pleasure partnering with Hazel Health in providing mental wellness for our Garland ISD families.