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  • 16 Feb 2021 7:34 PM | Catherine Sharbaugh (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    Join us on March 4 at 730pm for educational presentation on Zofluza


  • 23 Jan 2021 1:57 AM | Catherine Sharbaugh (Administrator)

  • 04 Jan 2021 12:02 AM | Catherine Sharbaugh (Administrator)

  • 23 Dec 2020 12:03 AM | Catherine Sharbaugh (Administrator)


    Dear SPCHNA Members,

    As we approach the New Year of 2021, we hope and pray that the Covid 19 virus is getting more and more behind us. College Health Nurses start to see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, the new Covid 19 vaccine(s) is being released, distributed and administered.

    A “BIG THANK YOU” goes out to our members who have given their all to help with this Pandemic. Your endless efforts to educate, test, screen, triage, and care for ill students has been heroic.  Nurses spent countless hours with plans to keep our campuses healthy and prevent Covid outbreaks. College Health providers were affected by this pandemic like no other- keeping our nations campuses open for learning (live, virtual or hybrid).  You are commendable!

    In this crisis, many of us not only worked in College Health but in hospitals, nursing facilities, Urgent Care Centers, doctor’s offices, public health departments, etc. We have seen how this pandemic has affected healthcare provider’s use of technology to help us see patients, treat patients, and communicate with our patients.

    Since Covid 19, Telehealth has become the new norm for screening patients and evaluation of the need for in- person assessments. Many new policy changes occurred because of the pandemic; barriers decreased to help promote the use of Telehealth. The opportunity to measure its success has increased exponentially. Telehealth seems to be the way of the future, especially, in the way of infection control. The way we diagnose, treat and manage disease is changing, thanks to the evolution of new technology.

    We are hopeful that the membership will be able to meet in 2021.  Haverford has been working to provide us with a May 2021 Conference. ACHA will announce their Annual Conference Live and/or Virtual in January 2021.  Good news - ACHA has made it possible for Nurses that work for a paid ACHA membership school to become free members. Take the opportunity to join and be a part of the Nationally recognized ACHA organization. ACHA is at the forefront of College Health.

    Happy Holidays and Thanks for all the hard work you are doing and continue to do during this trying time. This world is a better place because of all of you! College Health Nurses are true Heroes!

    Lenore Joyce, RN

    SPCHNA President


  • 14 Dec 2020 10:01 PM | Catherine Sharbaugh (Administrator)

    Greetings All,

    Its been a surreal semester with winter break fast approaching.  The board wishes to take the pulse of campuses during this pandemic.  We hope you will be able to take a well deserved holiday break.

    Please fill out this brief 10 question survey.  It will be shared with all.

    Happy Holidays. Wishing You All Good Health in the New Year!

  • 21 Nov 2020 11:38 PM | Catherine Sharbaugh (Administrator)

    XOFLUZA: The Only Single-Dose Oral Antiviral for the Flu

    December 3, 2020
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

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  • 01 Oct 2020 4:24 PM | Catherine Sharbaugh (Administrator)

    Save the Dates!  New Orleans, LA.  June 1-5, 2021

    Virtual- Live- Hybrid?

    ACHA will announce final decision on how the conference will roll out sometime in January 2021.

  • 01 Oct 2020 4:20 PM | Catherine Sharbaugh (Administrator)

  • 01 Oct 2020 3:37 PM | Catherine Sharbaugh (Administrator)
  • 02 Sep 2020 8:12 PM | Catherine Sharbaugh (Administrator)

    Fall 2020 President Letter

    Dear SPCHNA Members,

    SPCHNA, as well as other College Health Associations, has always been about education, and keeping up to date with changes in the health care system and its delivery in regards to College Health and its access to students. As members, we have enjoyed the many conferences over the years and it gave us time to catch up with other members and friends, visit other schools of higher education and learn about new opportunities. Socializing and sitting with other members, listening to the many educators, collecting those CEUs and always “eating way too much” has always been anticipated every spring and fall. But unfortunately we have had to change all that.

    When I took the position of President of SPCHNA, I never thought that a pandemic would hit and that we would not be able to meet, as a group, for an undetermined amount of time. And if we could meet, how many persons, how far apart do we sit? Will the University allow us to use the space as a group? If we plan, will we have to cancel? Since March, the dynamics have changed, almost daily.

    As President, I was supposed to send out a newsletter in June. However, the reason I held off was that I wanted to see what Universities would be doing at the start of the new semester. My University, West Chester University, had initially planned to open but that changed in July and now almost all of the learning is Virtual. As I watch the news of Universities opening, inviting their students back, the cases of COVID started increasing and the students were sent home, only to go back to virtual learning. I am happy that WCU did not do in person education this fall.

    Many Student Health Centers on campus have had to totally change the way they deliver health care. Telemedicine is now the new norm. Although it does not offer hands on treatment, it is the best we can do during this time. To see a student, we need to screen them for COVID and if the screening is negative, then we will see them. We have had the student with sore throat, cough and laceration at the same time and we have had to change the way we treat them, challenging us every step of the way. Again, how we see a student, test a student while protecting ourselves has been challenging.

    Many Universities are testing for COVID and are doing contact tracing which brings new challenges to each university. How do we handle all the positive cases, how do we house them, feed them, care for them. Each University has had to do its own planning. I applaud each University and College Health Center for doing the best they can for the students.

    SPCHNA had plans for the May 2020 and Jan 2021 conferences and we were so excited. But because of the pandemic, those plans are cancelled.

    The Board will be meeting to discuss Educational Opportunities for its members. We still need to stay up to date with the changes in College Health. We still need the CEUs for our licenses. If any of you have any great ideas/educational opportunities that we can pass onto the members, please reach out to the board. We will let you know what opportunities will be available, as we want SPCHNA to continue its educational mission.

    All the best to you  -    Lenore Joyce, RN, BSN  

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