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TO: Superintendents of Schools

FROM: Susan Gendron, Commissioner, Maine Department of Education


DATE: July 19, 2004


SUBJECT: School Nurse Summer Institute and New School Nurse Orientation


The Maine School Nurse Summer Institute will be held at Thomas College in Waterville on August 9 11, 2004. The Institute will provide an educational opportunity for school nurses to stay current with changes in medical care and school health practice.


The Institute will also offer the first day of a three day Orientation for New School Nurses on August 11, 2004. We encourage you to send new school nurses to the Institute, including the Orientation. The Orientation will provide basic information on the role and responsibilities of a school nurse. It will also provide an opportunity to learn and practice skills needed for school nursing and the chance to meet with experienced school nurses. As the transition from hospital or other nursing practice to school nursing is significant, the Orientation will provide for a smoother adjustment to the school setting. The two follow-up Orientation days will be held during the school year. Continuing education credits will be offered.


For information about registration to the School Nurse Summer Institute and New School Nurse Orientation, contact DeEtte Hall, School Nurse Consultant, Department of Education (624-6688 or