Consultants in Action



Renae Sisk, State School Nurse Consultant from North Dakota, was part of the first ever North Dakota team to participate in the Johnson and Johnson School Health Leadership Program.  The Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Program is a fellowship program designed by Rutgers, Center of Alcohol Studies in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson. This nationally recognized fellowship program includes curriculum and opportunities designed to empower school nurses and their community/administrative partners to become leaders within their community’s educational and health services teams to improve student health practices. All education offered through the program is in partnership with the National Association for School Nurses (NASN).  Team North Dakota conducted a needs assessment in their community prior to attending the program.  Based on this needs assessment, the team was able to develop and implement an enduring change plan.  Each team who attended had unique needs in their community; therefore, each enduring change plan was different.  Renae stated, “it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to attend this prestigious program.  The leadership skills that we learned from the curriculum and staff were excellent.  This program not only helped us pin point what our community needs truly were, but it also helped us build partnerships and collaborate with various people and entities.  I am so thankful we were accepted and able to participate in this great program”. 

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The 33rd Annual North Carolina School Nurse Conference was held on October 12-14 with over 550 school nurses in attendance. Our own Linda Wolfe (DE) presented the keynote on Changing Lives – Using Data to Make a Difference. State Consultant, Ann Nichols (NC), is the Conference Chair and CE Nurse Planner for the popular event each year that constitutes a significant portion of the contact hours that North Carolina nurses obtain each year. The conference has a long tradition that is highly regarded in the state.