(ENDURING) Vision Clinical Update 2021: Addressing Health Inequities and Implementing New Protocols
NOTE: This version of the course contains the recorded session from 11/02/21. The free audit (no nursing credit) version of the course is here.
Looking for a professional development opportunity for your school nurse team?
Districts can use this course to learn about the new vision protocols, assess their local screening program, and plan for implementation. Supplemental quality improvement tools are provided.
How are the MA vision screening protocols changing? What are the best practices for a high-quality vision screening program?
Massachusetts is implementing new Vision Screening Protocols (effective FY23). This Vision Clinical Update will provide school nurses with essential tools and knowledge to implement these protocols and perform high-quality vision screenings. With an overall emphasis on health equity, presenters will share screening methods based on the latest evidence and will discuss strategies for effective case management of referrals and follow-up care. Participants will receive updates on the new screening protocols and an overview of the commission work report that outlines the recommendations for future screenings.
Massachusetts School Nurses, anyone interested in learning about the updates of vision screenings
After completing the training, you will be able to:
- Describe the connection between vision and the ability to learn.
- Describe at least one detrimental impact of incomplete referrals.
- Implement best practices for performing vision screening of all student populations.
- Apply best practices for referral and follow-up of all student populations
- Plan strategies to address identified barriers to completion of the referral process.
- Initiate assessment of current school/district procedures to implement new vision protocols.
This course includes four recorded sessions that learners can view on their own time. For easy pacing, each session is broken into brief (generally <10 minutes) recordings that can be watched in increments as time allows.
Session 5 is an optional session to be managed at the district level. School nurses/districts may use this course to assess their local vision screening program and determine how to implement the new vision screening protocols. Supplemental quality improvement tools are provided for this assessment.
Collectively, the recorded sessions and district level sessions are designed to allow for a full professional development day.
|Session||Topic||Time to Complete|
|Session 1||Taking Vision and Learning to the Next Level||~ 52 minutes|
|Session 2||MA Special Commission on Children's Vision and Eye Health||~ 35 minutes|
|Session 3||Implementing New Protocols, Best Practices for Screenings, Referral, and Follow-up||~ 52 minutes|
|Session 4||The Role of the School Nurse: Going Beyond Vision Screening||~ 88 minutes|
|Session 5 (Optional)||Vision Program QI Assessment and Planning||Determined at the district level|
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|Paulette Tattersall, DipPharm, MSc||Director, Prevent Blindness, Northeast Region|
|Shanyn Toulouse, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN||Northeast Regional School Nurse Consultant|
|P. Kay Nottingham Chaplin, EdD||Outreach and Education Coordinator for Prevent Blindness|
|Emily Taylor, MS||Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education|
|Bruce Moore, OD||New England College of Optometry|
|Erin Sivak, MSN, BSN, RN||SHIELD Nurse Educator|
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: 4.00 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.
|Course Release Date||12/09/2021|
|Material Reviewed||12/09/2021, 12/15/2021|
|Course Expiration Date||6/30/2022|
- 4.00 ANCCBoston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
- 0.00 ANCC Pharmacology
- 4.00 ParticipationBoston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
NOTE: This course offers nursing credit, the free audit (no nursing credit) version of the course is here.
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