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Missouri Association of School Nurses


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Annual Spring Conference 2023

School Nurses Planting a Lifetime of Healthy Habits

March 25 & 26, 2023

Holiday Inn Executive Center

Columbia, MO 65201


Hosted by MASN Northeast School Nurse Association

This activity has been submitted to the Midwest Multistate Division for approval to award nursing contact hours. The Midwest

   Multistate Division is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's

   Commission on Accreditation. To receive contact hours participants must attend both days and submit an evaluation.

   For more information regarding contact hours, please contact Ardith Harmon at


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Conference Goal and Purpose

The goal of the conference is to increase the knowledge base of the school nurse by expanding professional networks and presenting a variety of pertinent topics. The purpose of the presentations is to foster and support learning, dialogue and collaborations that will improve the performance of school health professionals working to impact the health, safety and well-being of children.


Keynote and General Session speakers

Dr. W. Chris Winter, MD  .    Dr. Winter

Dr. Christopher Winter has practiced sleep medicine and neurology in Charlottesville, Virginia since 2004, but has been involved with sleep medicine and sleep research since 1993. Currently he is the owner of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine clinic and CNSM Consulting. He is the author of The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How To Fix It as well as The Rested Child: Why Your Tired, Wired or Irritable Child May Have A Sleep Disorder--And How To Help. In addition to working with numerous professional sports organizations to help their athletes optimize sleep, he is the host of the podcast Sleep Unplugged with Dr. Chris Winter which has consistently ranked as one of the most popular medical podcasts in the country. He is also the host of the series Sleeping Around with Dr. Chris Winter.


Kelli Hopkins, JD, M.Ed.  –    Kelli Hopkins 2023  

Kelli Hopkins is employed by the MO School Board Association and oversees the legal, policy and labor relations departments and works as an attorney and trainer. Kelli received a Bachelor of Science in Speech Theatre Education from Missouri Southern State University, Master of Science in Educational Administration from Missouri State University and Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School. She has served MSBA since 2001. Kelli has been a frequent speaker for MASN and has been honored as a Friend of School Nursing.


Kristin Sohl, MD --     

Dr. Kristin Sohl, MD, FAAP is a  practicing pediatrician, specializing in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, in Columbia, MO. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine where she also completed her Pediatric Residency in 2008. Currently, Dr. Sohl serves as both a primary care physician for children of all ages and as a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri. She is also the Immediate Past president of the Missouri Chapter of the AAP and serves as a Scientific Program Advisory to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the NIH. Dr. Sohl is the Executive Director and founder of ECHO Autism and is the author of numerous publications on the topic of autism. 

Natalie Botkin, BSN RN NCSN and Amberlee Miller, BSN RN –                  Natalie Botkin is the Health Services Coordinator for Republic RIII School District and is the current President-Elect of the Missouri Association of School Nursing. Natalie graduated from St. John’s School of Nursing, Springfield, MO in 1993 and obtained a Bachelor’s in Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO in 2004. Natalie has spent 29 years of nursing practice in two specialties: cardiac and school nursing.

Amberlee Miller is the lead nurse for Carl Junction R1 in southwest Missouri. In May 2023, she will graduate from Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Amberlee has been a registered nurse for 19 years with 2 years of cardiac, 15 years of urgent care, and 17 years of school nurse experience.




Conference Schedule


Friday, March 24, 2023

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Missouri Association of School Nurses Board of Directors meeting

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm –

Early Conference Registration/check in

Networking in Hospitality area  



Saturday March 25. 2023

7:00 am -- 8:00 am            Registration, Breakfast

7:00 am – 8:00 am             Exhibits

8:00 am – 8:15 am             Welcome/Introductions – Teri Hansen, MASN President

8:15 am -- 9:45 am            The Hidden Epidemic of Sleep Disorders in Children, Dr. Chris Winter

9:45 am to 10:15 am        Break/Exhibits

10:15 am – 11:15 am        Legal Issues for School Nurses– Kelli Hopkins, JD

11:15 am – 12:00 pm        Visit exhibits in Windsor I & II. Lunch served at 11:45 am

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm          Awards. MASN Annual Meeting


1:15 pm – 2:15 pm            Concurrent Session I (Choose one)

  1. Behavior Risk Assessment and the School Nurse Role, Glen Moore This session will provide attendees with an overview about the key findings of school violence and the importance of recognizing concerning behaviors and circumstances.  The participants will learn how the multidisciplinary team assesses reports of students concerning behaviors and resources for supporting victims and perpetrators. 
  2. Hidden in Plain Sight, Edward Mears, BA, MAPS, IC&RC and Kylie Linberger, MS MPS --  Is it a can of deodorant, flash drive or something more? This session will help educate individuals on the dangers of what may be hiding in seemingly “normal” items. Substances can be put in multiple items so that teachers, caregivers, or other adults in youth’s lives may never know the youth is using substances.
  3. Sleep and Athletic Performance: How Sleep Can Help your Students Perform Better, W. Chris Winter, MD -- It can be difficult to make sleep interesting to a group of students. It can be difficult to make it interesting for adults! One way I have found it easier to capture the attention of kids is to frame the discussion around sports and other performance-related activities. When Tom Brady, Lebron James, and other notables talk about the importance of sleep and performance, it can create a fabulous framework for a school nurse’s discussion.
  4. MO Nurse Practice Act 2023, Deb Funk, RN Overview of the MO Nurse Practice Act (NPA), functions of the Board of Nursing, delegation and the impact of the NPA on school nursing. Important factual information every school nurse needs to know.


2:15 pm – 2:25 pm            Break


2:25 pm – 3:25 pm            Concurrent Session II (choose one)

  1. Crisis Care Coordination – The School Nurse Role, Lindsay Ball, BSN RN NCSNThis session will include an open discussion about the collaborative approach in supporting students and staff experiencing mental health, physical health, and life crisis, highlighting the school nurse role as essential in a team approach. We will discuss how to assess current district practices and to advocate to support students and staff experiencing crises.
  2. Communication &; Considerations: Tips for Working with Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Nancy Wood, MO School for the Deaf Many hearing-impaired or non-verbal students use ASL to augment their communication. Learn the pros and cons, a few common signs and other methods to aid communication. Legal responsibilities and emergency plans will also be discussed,
  3. The Roles of School Nurses in Eating Disorder Detection, Intervention, and Support, Stephanie Bagby-Stone, MD – This session will give a general overview of eating disorders as well as their medical and mental health dangers. How eating disorders can present in school settings will be discussed as well as how to talk with the student and the parent/guardian about concerns and encourage treatment.
  4. Koa Goes to School – Service Animals in the School Setting, Julie Tadros, RN, Jenna Snow, Luke Reinhold, and Koa – Service animals are becoming more common in the school setting. What can they do for a student? Who cares for the animal? What kinds of protocol or procedure do we need? What about the other kids? But really, can I just pet him?


3:25 pm - 3:35 pm             Break


3:35 pm – 4:35 pm            Concurrent Session III (choose one)

  1. Suicide Prevention: School-based Intervention Practices and 988 Crisis Line, Lauren Moyer, LSCSW LCSW This training reviews the current scope of suicide rate at national and state levels, explores Dr. Thomas Joiner’s Interpersonal Psychological Theory of Suicidal Behavior, identifies risk and protective factors, and provides a model for developing a suicide care path within primary care. This training will also highlight the resources that can be utilized by school-based staff including the new crisis lifeline, 988. 
  2. Detoxifying the Developmental Soil – Helping Parents Orient Children Towards Thriving Trajectories, Bradd Anderson, EdD This session presents ParentLink’s work engaging parents in evidence-based prevention strategies, helping identify and circumvent barriers to existing supports, and reducing the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s) to “detoxify” the developmental soil.
  3. Human Trafficking: Globally, in the US, and in MO, Linda Neumann, RN – This presentation will explore why human trafficking exists and flourishes and the role that schools can take to combat this horrific business. Social media and online predators will be discussed as well as the efforts of law enforcement in combating Human Trafficking. The role of school personnel in prevention and response and support victims of human trafficking.
  4. Asthma Update for School Nurses, Rebecca Brown, MPA, AE-C, RRT -- This presentation will discuss how the SMART Therapy approach differs from what previously recommended, MO HealthNet coverage for this therapy, and how it relates to the school nurse. Included will be discussion and demonstration of proper inhaler technique and how to improve medication delivery. An introduction to the updated mobile-friendly Missouri School Asthma Manual and information about professional development/training opportunities and contact information for technical assistance, including links to the MHS website (e.g., and partner websites.



Enjoy the evening and see you in the morning!


Sunday, March 26, 2023


8:00 am – 8:45 am            Breakfast

8:45 am – 9:00 am            Welcome Back/Installation of MASN Officers

9:00 am – 10:15 am          What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
How Can we Help Successful Inclusion? Dr. Kristin Sohl

10:15 am – 10:30 am        Break

10:30 am  – 11:30 am       Mental Health IHPs: School Nurse Foundation to Support Student Needs,
Natalie Botkin, BSN RN NCSN and Amberlee Miller, BSN RN

11:30 am                              Wrap up, door prizes and Evaluations

Please note: To receive nursing contact hours for this continuing education event, you must sign-in both days and submit an on-line evaluation.

MASN reserves the right to substitute speakers due to emergency or cancellation.

MASN reserves the right to use participants’ image or voice recording unless otherwise informed by the participant.

Please dress in layers for your comfort.

For more information,

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Districts wishing to register more than one person, every person must register individually.  For questions, email Angie Oest at

Conference Fees

MASN Member Registration Fee (Postmarked by March 10, 2023)


Non-Member Registration Fee (Postmarked by March 10, 2023)


Health aide/Student Nurse Fee (Postmarked by March 10, 2023)


MASN Member Late Registration Fee (Postmarked on/after March 11, 2023)


Non-Member Late Registration Fee (Postmarked on/after March 11, 2023)


Health aide/Student Nurse Late Fee (Postmarked on/after March 11, 2023)






SPECIAL!!  Eight scholarships are available! Must be a MASN member to apply. Click Scholarship form to apply.


Hotel Information


   HI EC

Holiday Inn Executive Center Columbia Mall

The hotel’s convenient location is directly off I-70 and only minutes from Downtown Columbia. The Columbia Regional Airport (COU) and the University of Missouri Campus are less than 4 miles from the property. Other nearby attractions include Columbia Mall, Warm Springs Ranch, Les Bourgeois Vineyards, Battlefield Lavender Farm, Bur Oak Brewing Co., and Columbia Farmers Market, to name just a few. We welcome families, business travelers, groups, and sports fans. Amenities include a 3,000 sq. ft. Fitness Center, an indoor and outdoor (seasonal) pool, pet-friendly accommodations, and an onsite bar and grill in the Sports Zone.

A block of rooms is available for a special conference rate of $96 per night until March 10.

Please use this link:

Hotel Reservations

or call 1-573-445-8531 and mention MO Association of School Nurses.

Please note: If you wish to use your district’s tax exempt status for the hotel sales tax, please bring a copy of the district tax exempt letter.

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