Foundations of School Nursing Practice
How do school nurses work at the intersection of public health education, and primary care to keep students safe, healthy, and ready to learn?
School nurses play an essential role in keeping students healthy, safe, and ready to learn. When accepting a position in a school environment, nurses sometimes don't fully understand their role beyond providing clinical services to students. They need additional information about their role in order to become leaders and public health partners in ensuring health and wellness - in their school, district, and community.
This foundational course introduces the laws, regulations, and guidelines that affect professional school nursing practice in Massachusetts. Key topics relevant to school nursing including health equity, emergency preparedness, communicable diseases, behavioral health, and managing complex health conditions are discussed.
This is one of four training workshops mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) in order to be licensed as a school nurse by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
This is one of four training workshops mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in order to be licensed as a school nurse. It is designed for:
- Nurses seeking licensure by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a school nurse in Massachusetts
- Anyone interested in learning about the role and responsibilities of school nurses in Massachusetts
After completing the training, participants will be able to:
- Support student health and academic success
- Contribute to a healthy and safe school environment
- Act as health and wellness leaders in their school, district, and community
Lesson #1 - Overview of School Health
|1 hour 20 minutes (includes an evaluation)|
Lesson #2 - Relevant Laws & Regulations
|~ 3 hours (includes an evaluation)|
Lesson #3 - School Health Management: Community and Public Health
|~ 5 hours (includes an evaluation)|
Lesson #4 - Students and Families
|~ 2.5 hours (includes an evaluation)|
Lesson #5 - First Year: Keys to Success
|~ 35 minutes (includes an evaluation)|
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine asks all individuals involved in the development and presentation of Accredited Continuing Education activities to disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies. This information is disclosed to all activity participants prior to the start of the educational activity. Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine has procedures to mitigate all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies. In addition, faculty members are asked to disclose when any unapproved use of pharmaceuticals and devices is being discussed.
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No faculty has any financial relationships to disclose.
Beverly Heinze-Lacey, MPH, BSN, RN
Director, BU SHIELD
Kathleen MacVarish, MS
Instructional Designer, Associate Professor of the Practice, Environmental Health Professor of the Practice, Environmental Health
Erin Sivak, MSN, BSN, RN
Assistant Director, BU SHIELD, SME
CNE Program Manager: Lesly Zapata, BA
In support of improving patient care, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Nursing Contact Hours: 12.00 contact hours, of which 0 are eligible for pharmacology credit.
SHIELD is a DESE-approved provider for PDPs. PDP certificates are issued for programs/series lasting 10 or more hours on a topic. CNE certificates are also issued for eligible courses. Learners may use CNE certificates toward PDPs.
- 12.00 ANCC
- 12.00 Participation
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THIS CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM IS INTENDED SOLELY FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES FOR QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS. IN NO EVENT SHALL BOSTON UNIVERSITY BE LIABLE FOR ANY DECISION MADE OR ACTION TAKEN IN RELIANCE ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PROGRAM. IN NO EVENT SHOULD THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PROGRAM BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL CARE. NO PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP IS BEING ESTABLISHED. IN NO EVENT SHOULD INFORMATION IN THE MATERIALS REGARDING LAWS, REGULATIONS, OR LEGAL LIABILITY BE CONSIDERED LEGAL ADVICE OR USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR CONSULTING WITH AN ATTORNEY.
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|Processor||Intel Core 2 or Pentium 4, 2-GHz or higher|
|Memory||2 GB of RAM or higher|
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