LDA Staffs Info Table for RI School Nurses Conference
The Rhode Island Chapter of the Lyme Disease Association recently provided Lyme disease educational information to school nurses. The Rhode Island Certified School Nurse Teachers Association presented a conference on 3.21.23 in Warwick RI entitled “What Rhode Island School Nurses Should Know about Vector-borne Diseases.” Speakers included Sandi Delak, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN-E, FNASN and Thomas Mather, PhD, Professor of Entomology at URI and Director of the TickEncounter Resource Center.
Lyme Disease Association Inc.(LDA) RI Chapter Chair Julie Merolla, MSW, LICSW and LDA LymeAid 4 Kids Coordinator Maggie Schaefer, RN, BSN, staffed an informational resource table to answer questions and provide written materials. Sixty+ school nurses from throughout Rhode Island attended the conference. Furthermore, many of the nurses picked up resources from the table−including LDA brochures LymeR Primer and The ABC’s of Lyme Disease and Tick Identification cards. Not realizing how tiny ticks can be, participants appeared particularly interested in viewing vials of ticks at the table. Also, after viewing the LDA’s Cardiac Manifestations of Tick-Borne Diseases poster, a school nurse shared that she knew a patient who required a heart-lung transplant due to Lyme disease.
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