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GOJO/Purell- sponsored show zeroes in on school nurses’ critical role in education, on the BAM Radio Network

Today BAM Radio Network, the education station online, released the first episode of a five-part series of programs on school nurses and education underwritten by GOJO industries, the makers of Purell. The premier segment, titled “The Evolving Role of School Nurses,” features a radio interview with Linda Davis-Alldritt, president-elect for National Association of School Nurses, and Susan I.S. Will, R.N., M.P.H., N.C.S.N, F.N.A.S.N, preceptor for Student Nurse University of MN, College of St. Catherine, Metro State University. The segment spans the role of school nurses in education going back to 1902 in New York City and covers such key milestones as managing communicable diseases; testing for hearing and vision; educating students, parents and administrators; and dealing with health crises that impact the school population’s ability to be present and learning. The segment is hosted by NASN executive director Amy Garcia and is Nanocasted directly to school nurses on NASN Radio. The program can be heard at the National Association of School Nurses’ web site at and is also delivered directly to members via email. The show is produced and syndicated through the BAM Radio Network at

“We are relevant when we change student thinking and behaviors about healthy foods, screen time, risk behaviors and hand washing. We are relevant when we detect vision or hearing problems early and follow up to make sure the kids get what they need. If you can’t see and can’t hear it’s awfully tough to learn,” said Amy Garcia, executive director of the National Association of School Nurses.

The informative and inspirational segment explains how school nursing overcame initial resistance to get a foothold in U.S. education. “Lillian D. Wald said to the New York City Board of Education, I’m going to give you one nurse for one month and put her in four schools and see what happens. Well, the incredible thing that happened was the reduction in absent rates was so huge that the board of education hired 12 nurses, and another 180 by the end of the school year,” said Susan I.S. Will.

About NASN Radio

NASN Radio is member service of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN). NASN is a non-profit specialty nursing organization, organized in 1968 and incorporated in 1977, representing school nurses exclusively. NASN has over 14,000 members and 51 affiliates, including the District of Columbia and overseas. The mission of NASN is to improve the health and educational success of children and youth by developing and providing leadership to advance the school nursing practice. NASN Radio is produced and syndicated on the BAM Radio Network.

About GOJO Industries, Inc.

GOJO Industries, inventors of PURELL® Instant Hand Sanitizer, distributes it in away-from-home markets throughout the world. In addition, GOJO manufactures and distributes a full line of products under the GOJO and PROVON brand names. GOJO has a 63-year history of leadership in improving well-being through hand hygiene and healthy skin. GOJO has products and programs to kill germs on hands and solve skin care-related problems in a variety of markets, including healthcare, foodservice, manufacturing, automotive, education, government and military. GOJO is a privately held corporation headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with offices in the United Kingdom, Japan and Brazil.

About BAM Radio Network

The BAM Radio Network is the largest education radio network for parents, teachers, administrators, advocates, journalists, legislators and all people interested in education-related topics. The network offers 21 channels of education programming available on demand and hosted by the nation's leading educators and advocates. The network is a joint venture between privately held Washington, DC-based Moving & Learning and Los Angeles-based Jackstreet Media Ventures LLC. The programming is produced by Emmy-winning broadcaster and social media strategist Errol St. Clair Smith and is distributed through the Affiliate Nanocasting Network.

Sponsored and Syndicated Programming

BAM Radio Network has 21 channels of education programming from the most respected educators, advocates, administrators, policy makers and researchers in education today. Programming is produced for over 500,000 educators nationwide. A number of the programs have become very popular with educators and 14 have made iTunes’ Top Education Podcast List. BAM Radio’s entire library of episodes is available for sponsorship or syndication through several programs designed for small, medium and large companies and non-profits. BAM programs are currently syndicated across 40-plus sites and interest among for-profit companies and NGOs continues to grow.

“BAM Radio program sponsorship provides school marketers with a direct connection to the educators and good social media content,” said Holly Hagler, VP of business development at BAM Radio Network. “In fact, high quality, relevant content is the fuel of social media. There is no effective social media strategy without a strong content strategy,” said Hagler.

Exceptional Educational Reporting Team

BAM Radio Network has assembled the heads of the education community's leading associations to bring you the most insightful, accurate, relevant and up-to-date information on the education issues people really care about. The on-air hosts include:

  • Jerlean Daniel, executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Gerald Tirozzi, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • William B. Harvey, executive director of the International Reading Association
  • Gail Connelly, executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators
  • Yasmina Vinci, executive director of the National Head Start Association
  • Paul Young, president and CEO of the National Afterschool Association
  • John Musso, executive director of the Association of School Business Officials
  • Brian Crowe, executive director/CEO of the National Association of Child Care Professionals
  • Amy Garcia, executive director of the National Association of School Nurses
  • Jodi Grant, executive director of the Afterschool Alliance
  • Linda Geigle, executive director of the National Association for Family Child Care
  • Eric Karolak, executive director of Early Childhood Education Consortium
  • Linda Smith, executive director of the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
  • Sherry Waugh, president of the National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers
  • Diane Whitehead, executive director of the Association for Childhood Education International

These education advocates are at the center of their respective communities and have their fingers on the pulse of what is going on moment by moment. Their programs are an invaluable resource for reporters, advocates, activists, legislators, analysts, parents, educators, administrators and anyone interested in transforming education.

Insightful Commentary

To bring a wider, richer perspective to listeners, BAM Radio augments its team of expert hosts with a cadre of accomplished journalists who provide insightful commentary. BAM’s core of on-air commentators includes Jay Mathews, education columnist with the Washington Post; Debra Viadero, associate editor at Education Week; Lisa Guernsey, Director of New America's Early Education Initiative, former staff writer at the New York Times and contributor to Early Ed Watch; Liz Willen, formerly with Newsday and Bloomberg Markets magazine and currently with the Hechinger Institute; Valerie Strauss, education columnist with the Washington Post; and Ugo Uche of Psychology Today.

Combined, this team of hosts and commentators provides a panoramic perspective and exceptional insight on the education issues of the day.


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