Orange County School Nurses Organization (OCSNO)




Pamela Kahn​, RN, MPH
County Nurse

Administrative Assistant


Mission Statement

The mission of the Orange County School Nurses Organization shall be to provide a means by which Orange County and surrounding area school nurses may unite in thoughts and actions to foster the maximum health and educational potential of children and youth, to improve school health programs, and to advance the professional and educational status of school nurses.


Membership Information

The membership of this organization shall consist of active, retired, associates, and student members. 

Active members shall be registered nurses holding a valid credential to practice as school nurses in California. Active members must be employed by public school boards of education. School nurses on leave of absence or engaged in full time teaching, administration, or study shall retain their rights to active membership. School nurses eligible for active membership shall be ineligible for any other type of membership.

Retired members shall be school nurses who have held active membership but who are now retired. Retired members shall have all the rights and privileges, except they may not hold elective office. Retired members may be appointed to standing committees.

Associate members shall be registered nurses with interest in school nursing who are not employed by public boards of education. Associate members shall have all the rights and privileges, but may not vote or hold elective or appointed office.

Student members shall be student nurses or registered nurses who are currently enrolled in a baccalaureate nursing program. Credentialed school nurses are ineligible to have student membership status. Student members shall have all the rights and privileges, but may not vote or hold elective or appointed office.

Dues for members of the organization, as well as workshop fees, shall be determined by the executive board and approved annually for each upcoming school year. Membership dues shall be paid on an annual basis. The organization's fiscal year shall begin on July 1st and end on June 30th.

The benefits of membership include workshops with continuing education contact hours. The organization must meet the requirements of the California Board of Registered Nursing and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and shall motive institutions of higher learning to provide school nurse curricula. Avenues for professional growth of members will be pursued. The membership will be alerted to any necessary business which may arise in the area of professional ethics and practice, and shall compile information on local school nursing practices and policies.

For more information regarding membership click on link to apply.


​2017 OCSNO Nurse Award Winners
Congratulations to these outstanding nurses!

Michelle Moricca, Newport-Mesa Unified School District, School Nurse of the Year

Susan Lin, Garden Grove Unified School District
School Readiness Nurse of the Year

Riva Apodaca, Garden Grove Unified School District, School Nurse Administrator of the Year
2016 Halo Award Winners

Dr. Gregory S. Plutko, Superintendent
Huntington Beach Union High School District
School Administrator Halo Award

Linda Scott, Coordinator
Immunization Assistance Program
Orange County Health Care Agency
Community Partner Halo Award


Summer/Fall Newsletter 2017

Winter Newsletter 2017

Spring Newsletter 2018

OCSNO Fall Conference 2017 Presentations

Public Health Update, Matt Zahn, MD

The Asthmatic Child at School:  Problems and Solutions, Galant/Guijon, MDs

Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake (ARFID), CHOC Nursing-Bugescu/Taylor, PhDs

Anorexia Nervosa:  How Can We Help, Mery M. Taylor, PhD

Working with Anxious Children, Mary E Eason, PhD



Scholarship Information

The Orange County School Nurses Organization is pleased to announce a NEW scholarship opportunity 

OCSNO has previously offered the Sally Williams Scholarship for those Credentialed School Nurses who are working towards a Nurse Practitioner Certification or an Advanced Degree in health or education related fields. 

In addition to the Sally Williams Scholarship, OCSNO is now offering the OCSNO Credential Scholarship. This is meant to benefit those nurses who are OCSNO members and are working on the ir School Nurse/Health Services Credential.  

Both scholarships consist of a cash award of $500 to be used towards educational expenses. Scholarship recipients will be honored at the  OCSNO Fall Conference.  Please link to the application forms below for details regarding scholarship eligibility and information on how to apply.

​For more details click on 2017Application for OCSNO Credential Scholarship.pdf and ​2017 Application for Sally Williams Scholarship.pdf


Click here for:  2018 Spring Registration Flyer

Nominations forms:

Click here for: School Nurse Coordinator of the Year Nomination Form

Click here for:  School Nurse of the Year Nomination Form

Click here for: School Readiness Nurse of the Year Nomination Form


​OCSNO Awards
School Nursing Awards

Each year the OCSNO honors some of it's best! Awards are given to the peer nominated:

School Nurse of the Year,
School Readiness Nurse of the Year, and
School Nurse Administrator of the Year.
OCSNO Halo Awards

OCSNO also bestows two "Halo" awards at an OCSNO Spring Conference each year:

The community Halo Award, which recognizes those in the community who have provided outstanding support for School Nurses and school children.

The School Administrator Halo Award, which is given to an educational administrator who has been an advocate for School Health Services in their district.



​2016-17 OCSNO Board Positions 

Elected Positions

Chairperson:  Pam Atkins, TUSD

Vice- Chair Program :  Riva Nist Apodaca, GGUSD

Vice-Chair Hospitality: JoAnne Von Kostka, HBUHSD                 

Parliamentarian/By-Laws: Ginger Skinner, SVUSD 

Treasurer: Dian Milton, SRN              

Secretary Recording: Erin Lawrence, Los Alamitos USD

Secretary Corresponding: Merry Grasska, NMUSD   

Nominations Chairperson: Susan Biegel, OVSD    

Board Member At Large:  Lori Wheaton, WSD

Board Member At Large: Cindy Grainey, NMUSD

Board Member At Large: Michelle Rymer, OVSD​

Appointed Positions

Membership: Marci McLean-Crawford, HBUHSD

Conference Committee: Marci McLean-Crawford, HBUHSD

Education: Michelle DeHaven, PYLUSD

Special Education: Cathy White, TUSD

Public Relations/Vendors: Natalie De Porto, BOUSD and Michelle De Haven, PYLUSD

Awards: Kathy Tedone, BPSD

Legislation: Roberta Cox, WSD

Mentorship: Erin Lawrence, LAUSD

Social Media:  Jean Chung, GGUSD

Historian: Open Position

Newsletter: Karen Nelson, OCDE

OCDE Liaison: Pamela Kahn, OCDE

Private School Liaison: Open Position

School Readiness Liaison: Cathi Hacker, WSD

CSU Fullerton Liaison: Open Position

CSNO Liaison: Marci McLean-Crawford, HBUHSD

Retiree Liaison: Jane Lum, GGUSD