Vision Clinical Update 2021: Addressing Health Inequities and Implementing New Protocols

November 2, 2021

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.

Target Audience

Massachusetts School Nurses, anyone interested in learning about the updates of vision screenings 

Learning Objectives

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.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.50 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.
  • 4.50 Participation
Course opens: 
08/03/2021
Course expires: 
06/30/2022
Event starts: 
11/02/2021 - 10:00am
Event ends: 
11/02/2021 - 12:00pm
Cost:
$90.00

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.

SessionTime to Complete
Session 1~ 51 minutes
Session 2~ 33 minutes
Session 3~53 minutes
Session 4- Live Session1.5 - 2 hours
Session 5 (Optional)Determined at the district level

 

 

 

Online/Zoom
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.

No faculty has any financial relationships to disclose. 

Faculty

Paulette Tattersall, DipPharm, MScDirector, Prevent Blindness, Northeast Region
Shanyn Toulouse, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSNNortheast Regional School Nurse Consultant 
P. Kay Nottingham Chaplin, EdDOutreach and Education Coordinator for Prevent Blindness 
Emily Taylor, MSMassachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 
Bruce Moore, ODNew England College of Optometry 

 

Program Manager: Lesly Zapata

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 4.50 contact hours, none of which are eligible for pharmacology credit. 

Available Credit

  • 4.50 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.
  • 4.50 Participation

Price

Cost:
$90.00
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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

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