VSSNA Spring Conference

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
** This Conference has been POSTPONED until the Fall **
Registered participants have been notified via email

VSSNA Spring Conference Registration Link
Registration Suspended

NASN/VSSNA member $95 • Not a member? Join today!

Non-member $115 • After March 15: $125

Breakfast and Lunch included with Registration

Sorry, No Purchase Orders • No Refunds, but may substitute another nurse if unable to attend.

You will receive email confirmation of registration.

Local Accommodations

Please mention VSSNA for a special rate

Holiday Inn-Rutland/Killington • 476 Holiday Drive • Rutland, VT 05701 • (802) 775-1911

Conference Objectives
After participating in the conference nurses will be able to:

  • Differentiate and respond to abdominal pain and functional gastrointestinal disorders as it relates to the student experience
  • Apply concepts of healthy nutrition in the school setting to support healthier generations
  • Improve otoscope skills and prioritize referrals for common ear disorders
  • Evaluate common orthopedic injuries and prioritize referrals
  ** PLEASE NOTE: The Spring Conference is being held at Castleton University**  


Matt Howland, ATC graduated from Castleton University in 2004 with a B.S. in Sports Medicine. he is currently the Coordinator of Athletic Training Services at V.O.C. He has been a presenter for the Rutland County and Windsor County school nurses for concussion and injury evaluation updates.

Michael Corjulo, APRN, CPNP, AE-C, PMHS has worked as a primary care provider at Children's Medical Group since 2008. Mike has been an advanced practice provider since graduating from Yale School of Nursing in 1998. He has been a certified asthma educator (AE-C) since 2003 and a pediatric mental health specialist (PMHS) since 2017. He worked as the health coordinator for the ACES school system from 2007-2017 and Head Zone concussion center from 2017-2018. Mike became Clinical Director for the Pediatric Resource Center in Hamden, offering asthma and concussion consults for pediatric patients in the greater New Haven area.

Amer Al-Mimr, MD, FAAP is the Section Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (CHaD). He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. In 2018, Dr. Al-Nimr was awarded a grant by the Byrne Foundation for his Project 30-20-10: a 3 year project dedicated to decreasing added sugar intake for children of New England. Nationally, Dr. Al-Nimr serves on the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology Public Affairs and Advocacy Committee and the Global Health Special Interest Group. He assumed the role of Program Director of the Global Child Health Program in 2010; the first program in the nation focusing on training future generations of pediatric residents in global health. Dr. Al-Nimr earned his MD at the American University of Beirut in 2002 and completed his training in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.


7:30-8:00 Registration and Breakfast

8:00-8:10 Welcome and Housekeeping

8:10-9:10 Injury Evaluations and Management

— Matt Howland, ATC

9:10-9:15 Break

9:15-10:45 GI's : Nurses on the Frontline

— Amer Al-Nimr, MD, FAAP

10:45-11:30 Otoscope Workshop for School Nurses

— Michael Corjulo, APRN, CPNP, AE-C, PMHS

11:30-12:30 Lunch

Afternoon - 4 groups in Skills Lab Rotation

** Bring your stethoscope and otoscope to practice your assessment skills **

        12:30-1:10 - Rotation 1

        1:15-1:55 - Rotation 2

        2:00- 2:40 - Rotation 3

        2:45- 3:25 - Rotation 4
        3:30-3:45 - Wrap Up

Agenda is Subject to Change • 5 contact hours