Today on National School Nurse Day, Moriches Elementary School Nurse Teresa Ergul, RN, will be installed as President of the Suffolk County Association of School Nurses (SCASN), an organization that advances the practice of professional school nursing. The SCASN president is an elected position and is chosen by members from across the county. Presidents are chosen one year in advance as president-elect, giving them a full year to serve on the executive board and become acquainted with the position.
Ergul has more than 30 years of experience as a nurse, including the past seven serving the students of the William Floyd School District – for a brief time at William Floyd High School then at Moriches Elementary. William Floyd High School Nurse Claire McCarthy is currently the president-elect and will take over the position next year. William Floyd also has two other nurses who have served as president of the association, Lead Nurse Jacki O’Donnell and William Floyd High School nurse, Mary Alvar.
SCASN provides educational and networking opportunities to the more than 400 school nurses in Suffolk County. The organization also studies and discusses standards related to the profession and exists to support school nurses in providing the physical, social and emotional well-being of the students in their schools.
National School Nurse Day is celebrated each year on the first Wednesday of May and is a time to recognize the specialty practice of school nursing. This celebration, sponsored by the National Association of School Nurses, applauds the contributions that school nurses make every day to improve the safety, health and academic success of all students.