ACCESS-ABILITY Volume3_Issue1 - Page 15

SPREADING THE WO R D RITA CASPER At t h e en d of Ju ly, I t r avelled t o St ock h olm , Sw eden , t o at t en d t h e In t er n at ion al Sch ool Nu r se Con f er en ce. Th e w eek -lon g con f er en ce w as design ed t o edu cat e sch ool n u r ses abou t t h e in it iat ives an d r esear ch st u dies t ak in g place in t er n at ion ally an d t o h igh ligh t t h e r ole of t h e sch ool n u r se in en su r in g st u den t su ccess. Over 170 sch ool n u r ses w er e in at t en dan ce, w it h 42 cou n t r ies r epr esen t ed. On ou r f ir st even in g w e w er e gr eet ed by n u r ses in t r adit ion al Sw edish at t ir e, alon g w it h m u sic celebr at in g ?M idsom m er ,? as w e in t r odu ced ou r selves an d m in gled w it h ot h er at t en dees. I t r avelled w it h t h r ee ot h er n u r ses f r om n or t h east M assach u set t s becau se w e h ad been in vit ed t o co-pr esen t on t h e t opic ?Spot ligh t in g t h e Role of t h e Sch ool Nu r se in Su bst an ce Use Pr even t ion .? Ou r pr esen t at ion ou t lin ed h ow each of u s w as in st r u m en t al in su ppor t in g a st at ew ide in it iat ive t o decr ease su bst an ce u se. We all r epr esen t ed sch ool dist r ict s t h at h ad im plem en t ed t h e su bst an ce u se scr een in g pr ogr am (SBIRT) pr ior t o t h e STEP Act . In 2016, t h e M assach u set t s Legislat u r e elect ed t o adopt t h e STEP Act r elat ive t o su bst an ce u se, edu cat ion an d pr even t ion . Th e Act ou t lin es t h e r ole sch ools m u st play in con du ct in g a con f iden t ial su bst an ce u se scr een in g t o assess r isk an d in pr ovidin g edu cat ion t o