34th Annual North Carolina School Nurse Conference

34th Annual NC School Nurse Conference

Join us for the 34th Annual North Carolina School Nurse Conference. This conference, with over 500 annual participants, offers extensive opportunities for professional development to advance the practice of school nurses. Participants can learn from national, state and local experts, network with professionals from a variety of backgrounds and discover cutting-edge resources from over 30 exhibitors. With over thirty educational sessions to choose from, participants can customize a learning experience to meet their needs.

This Conference is sponsored by the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, in collaboration with the Children and Youth Branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health.

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health


Keynote Speaker

Betsey Tilson, MD, MPH

Betsey Tilson, MD, MPH
NC State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer
NC Department of Health and Human Services

Betsey Tilson joined NC DHHS as State Health Director and the department’s Chief Medical Officer on August 14, 2017.

Betsey is an award-winning pediatrician and preventive medicine physician, and a well-regarded physician leader. She was the Medical Director for Community Care of Wake and Johnston Counties, served as the Chief Network Medical Director for Community Care of North Carolina, and has been on the forefront of the NC Medicaid’s move toward high quality, patient-centered care and practice improvement. In her role at DHHS, Betsey will promote public health and prevention activities as well as provide guidance and oversight on a variety of cross-Department initiatives, including Medicaid transformation, clinical quality standards, behavioral health, and social determinants of health.

Since 2003, Betsey has also served as a primary care provider in the Child Health Clinic at Wake County Human Services. Her prior roles have included serving as an Assistant Consulting Professor and Cancer Control Specialist with Duke University Medical Center and as a Clinical Pediatric Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill. She was the 2016 recipient of the American College of Preventive Medicine Distinguished Service Award and, in 2015, received the Steve Shore Service Award by the NC Pediatric Society as well as the WakeMed J. Michael Weeks Award for Humanitarianism.

Betsey earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and completed her pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins University as well as a preventive medicine residency at UNC-Chapel Hill. She also holds a Masters of Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill and a BA in biology from Dartmouth College.

2017 Conference Goals

  • Identify current guidelines and standards in school nursing that provide both concrete and creative practice ideas for school nurses (novice to experienced).
  • Receive information, tools and strategies to promote growth in individual nursing practice.
  • Deliver evidence-based care for the diverse and complex health issues of children and adolescents in the school setting.
  • Advocate for students and families in support of their educational and personal health goals.

Conference Schedule

Participant check-in will be available on Wednesday, December 6, from 3:00-6:30 pm, and Thursday morning, from 7:30-8:30 am.  The opening session will begin promptly at 8:30 am on Thursday, December 7, and the conference will end at 3:00 pm on Friday, December 8.

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credit for this educational activity will be provided by the North Carolina Division of Public Health (NC DPH), Public Health Nursing and Professional Development Unit. Attendance on both days and completion of a conference evaluation are required for CNE credit.  No partial credit will be awarded.  The NC DPH, Public Health Nursing and Professional Development Unit is an approved CNE provider by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Conference Registration

Registration for the School Nurse Conference will be open from August 1–November 3, 2017.  Registration includes breakfast and lunch for two days, conference materials, break service, continuing education credit and all meeting expenses. You will be required to select the three breakout sessions you want to attend during registration. We encourage you to register early to ensure that you are able to get your preferred sessions.

No payments or participant registration will be handled on-site.

Conference fees:
Conference participants: $185
2017 Conference planning committee: $125

More details and conference registration

Please note: If you paid for the 2016 conference and were NOT able to attend due to Hurricane Matthew, you will need to register using the link you were sent via email to receive your special discount.

Preconference on December 6

We will be offering a Preconference Session the day before the conference. The purpose of hosting these half-day workshops is to enhance the knowledge and skill of school health personnel in specific topic areas of interest.  During the session participants will receive up-to-date information relevant to their practice, interact with presenters and have an opportunity to apply content in a real-world example.

Three Pre-Conference Workshop Sessions will be offered on:

  • Unique Mealtime Needs
  • Illicit Drug Use
  • Embracing Diversity

Sessions will run concurrently from 1:00-5:00 pm, so participants will only be able to attend one workshop. The Preconference Session has a separate registration (see below).

Preconference Registration

Registration for the Preconference Session will be open from August 1–November 3, 2017.  Registration includes session materials, break service and meeting expenses. You will be required to select the session you want to attend during registration. We encourage you to register early to ensure that you are able to get your preferred session.

No payments or participant registration will be handled on-site.

Preconference fee: $75

More details and preconference registration

Important: All registration fees must be received (credit card) or postmarked (check) no later than November 3, 2017, or your registration will be CANCELED.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you find that you cannot attend this conference, you must cancel no later than November 10, 2017. After November 10, you may transfer your registration to someone else within your organization but no refunds will be given.  All cancellations must be submitted through the Cvent registration system.  Transfers or substitutions within the same organization are allowed until November 27 with prior written notification.


A block of rooms has been reserved under the 34th Annual School Nurse Conference at the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons (attached to the Koury Convention Center) for a rate of $135 plus tax per night.  Each individual is responsible for making their own reservations by calling toll free 1-800-242-6556.  To receive this discounted rate, you must make your reservation no later than November 6, 2017 and mention that you are attending the 34th Annual School Nurse Conference.

Additional Information

  • Business attire is requested for this professional education conference. Please, do not wear jeans or scrubs to the sessions.
  • Over fifty companies and non-profits have been invited to exhibit during conference.
  • The School Nurse Association of North Carolina (SNANC) will hold a reception and awards service following concurrent sessions on Thursday, December 7, from 4:45-6:30 pm. Please indicate on your registration form if you plan to attend.
  • There will be a boxed lunch provided on Friday, December 8. When you register, please indicate your preference from the available choices.  This does not guarantee you that option, but it will help guide how many selections of each item we order.
  • We are looking for volunteers to serve as facilitators for concurrent sessions on Thursday, December 7. Please note whether you are willing to serve as a facilitator this year on the registration form.
  • If you are interested in leading a voluntary physical activity session (i.e. morning run, afternoon yoga, stretching break) please send an email to Avia_Mainor@unc.edu by November 15 with PA Break in the subject line.
  • Pre-Conference Sessions will run on Wednesday afternoon, December 6 from 1:00-5:00 pm. There is a separate registration, continuing education and payment process for these sessions.  Conference registration DOES NOT allow you to attend a pre-conference workshop.


If your organization would like to exhibit at the conference, please go to the Exhibitor registration page.

For more information

Please contact Cherelle Whitfield at cwwhitfi@email.unc.edu or Avia Mainor at Avia_Mainor@unc.edu.