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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools  

FROM:            Susan Gendron, Commissioner, Maine Department of Education  

DATE:             August 29, 2005  

SUBJECT:      New School Nurse Orientation

            There will be a three-day orientation for new school nurses.   The dates for the orientation are:

            September 23, 2005

            November 18, 2005

            February 10, 2006

            The first day of orientation will include: information regarding DOE certification requirements; overview of the role of the school nurse; the immunization rule; resources; and information regarding screenings for vision, hearing, height and weight. Subsequent training days will include information on: common communicable diseases and rashes; reporting child abuse and neglect; record keeping and documentation; and more.

             All three days of orientation will be held at the Burton Cross State Office Building in Augusta.   There will be no cost for registration; lunch will not be provided but there is a café in the building.

            I encourage you to send new school nurses to these trainings.   These sessions will provide an opportunity to learn and practice skills needed for school nursing, and the chance to meet with experienced school nurses.    The transition from hospital or other nursing settings can be difficult.   The orientation sessions will help to ensure a smoother adjustment to the school setting.

            For additional information, contact DeEtte Hall, School Nurse Consultant, Department of Education (624-6688 or