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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools, High School Principals, Headmasters of Select Private Schools, School Board Chairs


FROM:              J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner  


DATE:              May 30, 2001


RE:                  Summer Institute for School Nurses and New School Nurse Orientation




The Summer Institute for School Nurse’s brochure and registration form has been sent to school nurses.  The Institute, held August 13 – 15, 2001, at the University of New England will include an orientation for new school nurses.  If you are hiring a new school nurse for the fall, please be sure they receive information about this conference.  The orientation will also be helpful for school nurse hired within the last year or two.


The Region III Children’s Cabinet is offering registration scholarships for two new school nurses (can be new to school nursing within the last two years) to attend the three day Summer Institute.  The school nurse must be from Region III (Aroostook, Washington, Hancock, Piscataquis or Penobscot Counties).  Please send the name of the school nurse, the school administrative unit, the number of years of services, and a very short statement of the need for a scholarship to DeEtte Hall, Department of Education, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333 or e-mail to  Applications will be received until June 1, 2001.


The School Nurse Summer Institute will provide an opportunity for school nurses to receive current information in the practice of school nursing and update their skills to assure their ongoing quality of care.  Also as part of the Institute, training on Administration of Medication will be offered.  Legislation passed last session requires that all public and approved private schools have policies that include the training of unlicensed personnel who administer medication before they are authorized to administer medication.  This training will provide school nurses assistance in conducting that training for non-licensed personnel in the schools.


For additional information, contact DeEtte Hall, School Nurse Consultant at 624-6688.