For a downloadable version of the schedule, click here: GASN 2019 Schedule



This activity is provided by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


SUNDAY: June 9, 2019

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Registration for Pre-Con Sessions




MONDAY: June 10, 2019

7:00 AM - 6:00 AM

ALL Registration Open



8:00 AM

Vendors Open



8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Innovations and Ideas to Address Childhood Obesity: What School Nurses Can Do

Debra L. Kibbe,

Senior Research Associate, MS

This session will feature four sections designed to empower school nurses to address childhood obesity in the school setting: 1) a brief review of the NASN position statement recommendations; 2) the use of a computer-based, interactive childhood obesity systems model that explores evidence-based strategies to address childhood obesity in Georgia; 3) an examination of free resources and tools available to help nurses address students’ calorie imbalance and educate students and staff about nutrition and physical activity; and 4) an interactive segment in which nurses share ideas, examples, and experiences in addressing nutrition and physical activity behaviors.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch on your Own/Vendor Time



8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


21st Century Nurse Leadership

Lynne P. Meadows, MS, BSN, RN- Coordinator, Student Health Services   
Melanie K. Bales, BSN, RN, CMS
Nursing Supervisor
Cobb County School District

The Leadership Academy will discuss leadership principles related to school nursing and health services by exploring school nursing practice (utilizing NASN’s Framework for 21st Century School Nurse Practice), staffing models, development of policies & procedures, data collection & budgeting, professional development, community collaboration & partnerships, professionalism and using your “Voice” as a School Nurse Leader.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Jennifer Ross, RN, BSN, MPH, NCSN

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to give adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance abuse problem and help connect them with appropriate care.  Participants will be able to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Special Health Procedures in a School Setting

Gail Smith, BSN, RN
Lisa Raman, RN, MScANP, M Ed-LOC

This educational offering contains basic pediatric health information, guidelines and recommendations for school nurses who provide care to children in need of special health procedures in the school setting. It emphasizes the role of school nurse in preventing disease and promoting wellness. To promote education, simulation and hands-on return demonstration will be available.  AM Skills Instruction; PM Skills demonstration: Trach, G-tube, Seizure Management, Straight Cath

Emerging Trends in Diabetes

Jessica Adkins, DP, CNS, RN, CRNP-PC
Kris Britt, BSN, RN, CDE, CPT

This is a “train the trainer” course educating school nurses on management of diabetes within the school. Upon completion of the course, attendees will be up to date on current diabetes care needed with their school day, to be able to return to their schools to train other diabetes managers. The course is a lecture and hands-on presentation giving information to assure that all attendees are able to meet the requirement of the Safe at School in Georgia diabetes management law.

Asthma Education for the School Nurse

Douglas Masini, Ed.D, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, FCCP, FAARC

Jon Ramsey, RN,BS, AE, ACE

School Nurses are the health care providers best prepared to act at the scene of a student asthma attack. This training day will refresh the Georgia School Nurse’s knowledge and hands on skills regarding medications, treatment devices, pulmonary function monitoring, as well as detection of asthma- provoking triggers in the ‘Asthma Friendly’ school.

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

School Nurse: Assessment skills

Teresa Howard, FNP

Review of assessment skills which are specific to school nurses: approach to child, head to toe assessment, and system-based norms and abnormalities. Discussion of when to call the EMT, parents, or go back to class.

TUESDAY: June 11, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast



8:00 AM - 9:00 AM



GASN Board presents updates including SNOTY announcement as well as conducting the business meeting.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Keynote: A Culture of Health: Do We Really Have One?

Dr. Janice Selekman

We talk about a culture of health, but we don’t define it or measure it. What does it mean to school nurses and to youth and their families? How do we tell the school community what it is and how do we operationalize it? This presentation will address some of these issues.

10:00 AM –

10:30 AM

Vendor time



10:30 AM –

11:30 AM

Juuling: It’s All A Smokescreen

Dr. Janice Selekman

The newest fad for youth is dangerous and addictive. While the prevalence of smoking tobacco by teens decreased significantly over the years, nicotine delivery has resurfaced in a new format. Whether referred to as vaping or juuling, the use of electronic cigarettes has implications for the school nurse as well as for the health of youth.

11:30 AM –

12:45 PM

Lunch on your Own/Vendor Time



12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Legal: Need to know and what applies to US

Dan Murphy

This presentation will review recent cases and Department of Education decisions relating to school nursing services and students covered by Section 504 plans, highlighting lessons learned from cases which were decided against the school and critical compliance points for school nurses to be aware of in their daily practice.

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM




2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

What’s New in Asthma Treatment in the Last 5 YEARS

Dr. Tracy Bridges

Presentation will highlight what has been newly approved in the last 5 years for the treatment of asthma.

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

What to Expect on Mondays

Harold King, MBA, LAT, ATC VP of Sports Medicine Source Atlanta

A description of what the most common injuries you can expect to see on Mondays during the school year.  From Concussions, severs disease, fractured collar bone, knee pain and many more common injuries from sports.

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

GASN Celebration Dinner



WEDNESDAY: June 12, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast



8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

SETT Sections 1-4

Deborah L. Strouse, MEd, MSN, CNP, NCSN, FNP-C


Upon completion of this presentation, school nurses will be able to:

1. Describe the importance of preventative training for disaster planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising and evaluating and taking corrective action prior to a school Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) event.

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM


Must attend ALL sessions in order to receive credits. GASN will not be responsible for getting your credits, SETT will distribute your credits to you!!

2. Lists skills and characteristics a school nurse would need to be an effective leader in mass casualty response in schools.

3. Apply knowledge to develop basic disaster prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery plans for health service providers in schools.

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

SETT Sections 5-8

 4. Identify issues unique to the school setting that can impact the sustainability and effectiveness of disaster preparedness measures.

5. Discuss regional considerations related to disaster preparedness training with local and national resources.

10:45 AM –

11:00 AM


 6. Demonstrate how to use the START/Jump START algorithms to perform mass casualty triage.

7. Identify and list the principles and methods used to perform triage and response to school-based MCI events.

11:00 AM –

12:15 PM

SETT Section 9 Part 1

 8. Identify strategies to engage school Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Team volunteers and administrative support.

9. Describe how the Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice ™ is applicable to Emergency/Disaster Preparedness.

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch on your own



1:15 PM - 2:50 PM

SETT Sections 9 part 2 & 10


 National Association of School Nurses is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

*Attendance at the entire program and completion of an evaluation is required for participants to receive CNE credit.

2:50 PM - 3:15 PM


 Jennifer Burkholder, Deputy Chief Nurse for Emerging Threats, Georgia DPH - Q&A.

 A discussion about a school nurse's role in disaster preparedness and response in our state.

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Closing/ Wrap