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Director of Nurses | District 504 Coordinator

Waltham Public Schools

Direct Phone: (781) ***-****       

Waltham Public Schools

617 Lexington Street

Waltham, Massachusetts 02452

United States

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Background Information

Employment History

Executive Director
Massachusetts School Nurse Organization

Instructor
Cambridge College

School Nurse
Framingham Public Schools

Affiliations

Member
Massachusetts School Nurse Organization

Board Member
National Association of School Nurses

Board Member
Oversight

Education

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MSN

Massachusetts School Nurse Organization

Waltham , MA

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Marie DeSisto, RN, MSN

Director of Nurses/District 504 Coordinator
Waltham Public Schools
617 Lexington St.
Waltham, MA 02452
781-314-5462
781-314-5582 (FAX)
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Marie DeSisto, RN, MSN
Director of Nurses/District 504 Coordinator
Waltham Public Schools
617 Lexington St.
Waltham, MA 02452
781-314-5462
781-314-5582 (FAX)
...
Marie DeSisto, RN, MSN
Director of Nurses/District 504 Coordinator
Waltham Public Schools
617 Lexington St.
Waltham, MA 02452
781-314-5462
781-314-5582 (FAX)


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Marie DeSisto, RN, MSN Director of Nurses at Waltham Public Schools, Waltham, MA


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Marie DeSisto, RN, MSN Director of Nurses at Waltham Public Schools, Waltham, MA


Board of Directors : Healthy Waltham

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Nadene Stein, (President), Principal, Northeast Elementary School Laura Goldin, (Vice President), Professor and Chair, Environmental Studies, Brandeis University Beth A. Toolan, (Treasurer), Executive Director, Waltham Partnership for Youth John Peacock, (Clerk), Executive Director, Waltham West Suburban Chamber of Commerce Brad Baker, White Oak Consulting George Darcy, Waltham City Councilor Marie DeSisto, Director of Nurses, Waltham Public Schools Mary Hunt Johnson, RN, Community Benefits Director, Mount Auburn Hospital Berlineda Pierre, Haitian community health worker, Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center Mariah Rich, Associate Consultant, The Bridgespan Group Kaveri Roy RN, DNP, Adjunct Faculty, MA College of Pharmacy


Johnson & Johnson Nursing Notes

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"I was working as a school nurse in the early 2000s when I first heard about the possibility of an EHR system for schools," said Marie DeSisto, RN, MSN, NCSN, director of nurses for Waltham Public Schools. "My colleagues and I began to search for the most appropriate EHR system and found one that was specifically designed for nurses."

Since Waltham Public Schools implemented its EHR system, nurses across their district have been able to better track student injuries, illnesses and conditions, as well as help improve students' overall health. According to DeSisto, data configured via the EHR system was especially crucial in a decision regarding the school district's recess program.
"By using our EHR system, we were able to pull body mass index (BMI) data for students in each grade level. Our data showed us that 40 percent of students in our district were either overweight or obese," said DeSisto. "We have always measured student height and weight, but our EHR system documented the problem and let us put that information to use."
DeSisto and her colleagues then presented the alarming data to each of the principals in the district, as well as the superintendent, to showcase the need for students to continue with physical exercise every day. The data played a major role in their decision to reinstate health education programs and to not cut recess.
"That is just one example of how school nurses are using this data to better help their students," said DeSisto. "Data is also being used to help other departments, such as physical education, athletic training, and guidance counseling, to develop their curriculums as well."
According to DeSisto, EHR systems can take time to implement, but she welcomes and praises the enormous impact they can have on a school nurse's day-to-day activity. "There is a learning curve at the very beginning of implementation, but a nurse has the ability to review data of hundreds of students in minutes, as opposed to the hours it would take with paper records," said DeSisto.
For those looking to implement an EHR system, DeSisto advises nurses to follow these helpful tips:

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