Vision Clinical Update 2021: Addressing Health Inequities and Implementing New Protocols
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 is broken into several sessions.
- Sessions 1-3 each include several brief (<10 minutes) recordings that learners can view on their own time.
- Session 4 will be presented live via Zoom.
- Session 5 is an optional session to be managed at the district level.
School nurses/districts may use this time 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, live zoom, and district level sessions are designed to allow for a full professional development day.
|Session||Time to Complete|
|Session 1||~ 51 minutes|
|Session 2||~ 33 minutes|
|Session 3||~53 minutes|
|Session 4- Live Session||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Session 5 (Optional)||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|
Program Manager: Lesly Zapata
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