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 taking on a position in schools, nurses don’t always understand their role beyond providing clinical services to students. They need additional information about the roles they must assume to be leaders and public health partners to assure 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, such as 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 by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a School Nurse.

Target Audience

This is one of four training workshops mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in order to be licensed as a School Nurse and it is designed for:

  • Nurses seeking Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a School Nurse in Massachusetts (mandated course).

Learning Objectives

After completing the training, you 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
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 14.50 ANCC
    Boston University 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.
  • 14.50 Participation
Course opens: 
07/28/2021
Course expires: 
06/30/2023
Cost:
$180.00
LessonsEstimated Time

Lesson #1

  • The evolving role of school nurses
  • Principles in the NASN Frameworks for 21st Century School Nursing Practice
  • Challenges and Opportunities in school nursing services
  • Collaboration to build a culture of school health
 1 hour (includes a pre and post-test)

Lesson #2 

  • Public Health, Primary Care/Nursing Practice
  • Education laws, regulations, and policies that govern school nursing practice
 1 hour (includes a pre and post-test)

Day 1 Content – School Health Management (includes videos and readings)

  • Introduction to content plan
  • Health Equity
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Communicable Disease and Immunizations
  • Health Records and Confidentiality
  • Leadership
 5 hours

Day 2 Content – Students and Families (includes videos and readings)

  • Children with Special Health Care Needs: IHPs, IEPs, 504s
  • Complex Case- Diabetes
  • 51As
  • Homelessness and Foster Care
  • Behavioral Health
  • Wrap-Up
6 hours 

Lesson #3 

  • Keys to success in your first year as a school nurse with a focus on People, Space, Policies, and Time
 1 hour (includes a pre and post-test)

 

Online
United States

Boston University 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 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.  

In accordance with the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies that faculty, planners, authors and anyone who may be in control of content have been mitigated.

The faculty below do not have any relevant financial relationships. 

Faculty

Karen Robitaille, MBA, MSN, RN, NCSN

Director of School Health Services, MDPH

SHIELD BU (@SHIELD_BUSPH) | Twitter

Kathleen Macvarish, MS

Instructional Designer, Associate Professor of the Practice, Environmental Health Professor of the Practice, Environmental Health

Beverly Heinze-Lacey, MPH, BSN, RN

Director, BU SHIELD

 

CME/CNE Program Manager: Lesly Zapata, BA

Boston University 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.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this enduring material 14.50 contact hours, none of which 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:7/15/2019
Material Reviewed:7/1/2020, 6/21/2021, 6/24/2022
Course Expiration Date:6/30/2023

Available Credit

  • 14.50 ANCC
    Boston University 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.
  • 14.50 Participation

Price

Cost:
$180.00
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Disclosure

THIS CONTINUING MEDICAL 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.


Copyright

This material is copyrighted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH).  MDPH grants permission for use of these materials for non-commercial educational use only, provided credit is given to the MDPH.  Modification of content is permitted only with prior approval of the MDPH School Health Unit.


Special Services / Dietary Needs

Boston University strives to be accessible, inclusive, and diverse in our facilities, programming and academic offerings. Your experience in this event is important to us. If you have a disability, require communication access services for the deaf or hard of hearing, or believe that you require a reasonable accommodation for another reason please contact the BUSM-CME Office at least 3 weeks prior to event to discuss your needs.  For in person meetings with meals, we will work to accommodate dietary requests (including, but not limited to: kosher, vegetarian, low cholesterol, and low sodium) received in writing at least three weeks prior to the start of the conference.  Please contact us at cme@bu.edu