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Welcome to SNOA
The School Nurses Organization of Arizona (SNOA) is a professional organization which represents the interests of school nurses and promotes student wellness and learning. Through our affiliation with the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), SNOA members are represented on a national level.
Please check out our Newsletter for current additions. SNOA hopes that you will find this web page helpful. It is our goal to assist school nurses throughout the state of Arizona.
This site will be updated regularly on what is happening in the state and around the nation, so please check back often.
NASN Recommended RN To Student Ratio
It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that schools should employ professionally prepared Registered Nurses, to conduct and supervise school health programs which address the variety of health problems experienced by school children. NASN recommends a formula-based approach with minimum ratios of nurses-to-students of 1:750 for students in the general population. Although the state of Arizona does not currently mandate school nursing services in public schools, SNOA supports and advocates the NASN position statement.
Meet a Member
Penny (Cuffe) Tylor
Penny (Cuffe) Tylor is the newest SNOA board member. She serves as President-Elect. She has been a Registered Nurse for almost 27 years and is currently the Coordinated School Health Officer for the Diocese of Tucson Catholic Schools. In 2010, she was honored as one of Tucson's "Fabulous Fifty Nurses". Penny started her career as a staff nurse at El Dorado Hospital in Tucson, AZ. She discovered her passion for school nursing while working as a school nurse at St. Joseph Catholic School 15 years ago. She quickly realized that many of the diseases she treated in the hospital were preventable, and schools were the perfect place to implement this prevention. Penny fully supports the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model of school health; a model that encourages collaboration between health and education to improve the individual child's cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. ' She understands the critical need to advocate for school nurses in every school. Penny is a Child Care Health Consultant for the Diocese of Tucson Preschools. She believes that disease prevention and health promotion starts with the youngest of our children. She is excited to serve on the SNOA board and will continue her efforts to improve school health and wellness in the State of Arizona.
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