Mission & Overview
- All Massachusetts school nurses will be equipped to practice and advocate so every student in our Commonwealth will be healthy, safe and ready to learn.
- Promote and advance quality school health services throughout the Commonwealth and promote the rights, interests and professional growth of our members.
- Members are encouraged to take an active stance in decisions directly impacting school nursing, especially in the legislative, economic and educational areas.
Definition of School Nursing
- School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success.
- School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential.
- Adopted by the NASN Board of Directors February 2017.
- Founded in 1970, the Massachusetts School Nurse Organization (MSNO) has been a strong voice for school nurses throughout the Commonwealth.
- MSNO is a growing non-profit organization with approximately 800 members, including school nurses, school administrators, public health nurses, practitioners, consultants, educators, and retired school nurses.
- MSNO is directed by an elected board of directors and a grassroots organizational structure.
- Membership across the Commonwealth is divided into ten regions.
- Martha Rich (1970- 1972)
- Anna Margaret Ray (1972 – 1974)
- Nancy Wolfe (1974 – 1976)
- Gladys Newhall (1976 – 1978)
- Jayne Cash (1978 – 1980)
- Susan Kelly (1980 – 1981)
- Jackie Mawhinney (1981 – 1984)
- Nancy Miller (1984 – 1986)
- Ann Lowry (1986 – 1988)
- Anne Kinsley (1988 – 1990)
- Judi McAuliffe (1990 – 1992)
- Linda Salmonsen (1992 – 1994)
- Katherine O’Neill (1994 – 1996)
- Marcia Buckminster (1996 – 2001)
- Mary Zamorski (2001 – 2003)
- Katherine O’Neill (2003 – 2005)
- Marie DeSisto (2005 – 2007)
- Kathy Hassey (2007 – 2009)
- Mimi Stamer (2009 – 2011)
- Pamela Rivers (2011 – 2013)
- Judy Styer (2013 – 2015)
- Carilyn Rains (2015 – 2017)
- Katie Vozeolas (2017 – 2018)
- Carilyn Rains (2018)
- Jenny Gormley (2018-2020)
2018-2020 Strategic Priorities:
- Increase Advocacy
- Improve Communication
- Strengthen Member Opportunities
- Strengthen Organization Infrastructure
Board & Leadership
Carilyn Rains, Past President
MEd, BSN, RN
June Kazes, Vice President/Programs Chairperson
MSN, RN, NSCN
Lee Waingortin, Treasurer
MSN, RN, CCM, NCSN
Jane Ferrara, Secretary
MA, BSN, RN
Betty Foster, Data Coordinator
Betty Foster BSN, RN, NCSN
Terry Grimm, Membership
BSN, RN, NCSN
Kathy Hassey, Scholarship & Awards
DNP, MEd, BA, BSN, RN
Scholarship & Awards
Barbara Hedstrom, MSNO/DOE Liaison
MSN, RN, NCSN
Patricia Hoban, NBCSN Liaison
MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN
Dorothy Keeney, Historian
MA, BSN, RN
Adria Pavletic, Private Schools
MSN, MA, RN, NCSN
Denise Schwerzler, Webmaster
MSN, RN, NCSN
Chris Sheils, Conference Vendor Chair
M.Ed, BSN, RN, NCSN, HN-BC
Conference Vendor Chair
- Newsletter Editor
- Educational Collaborative Schools
- Vocational Technical Schools
- The MSNO is organized by region across the Commonwealth.
- There are 10 regions, each with its own Chairperson.
Working Groups of the Board include:
- Organizational Development