The Dynamic Role of Today's School Nurse


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About the Course
The pivotal role of the school nurse began in the early 1900s. School nursing quickly began to have an impact on children’s learning and education through the recognition of preventable diseases, the introduction of mandatory immunizations, and the beginning of required school attendance. Progression of the role continued into the 20th Century with the inclusion of care for children with special needs, health and wellness screenings, and health education followed by the introduction of the standards and practices in the 21st Century and eventually with the adverse influences of Covid-19. 

This course will introduce and challenge the reader to learn about the changes and growth of school nursing knowledge and expertise in the delivery of pediatric and adolescent wellness care. The school nurse’s role in advocacy and collaboration with other disciplines within the school and a partnership with families and community-based social service agencies will be discussed. 

Learning Outcomes 
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:  

  • Analyze the changing roles of the school nurse from the 1900s through the 21st Century. 
  • Evaluate the foundation on which school nursing was built. 
  • State one provision of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  
  • Explore the relationship of Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model with the multidisciplinary approach to children’s health. 
  • Identify professional knowledge of current practices, education, health laws, and regulations and school policies.  
  • Contrast the benefits of Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Prevention verses intervention. 
  • Recognize the importance of the child’s basic health and educational needs.  
  • Analyze how adverse conditions affect the child’s ability to learn and socialize.  
  • Identify three qualities needed by all educators. 

About the Authors
Bridget Heroff, MSN, RN, PEL-SN, is a certified school nurse and has worked as a pediatric clinical instructor and a Pediatric Intensive Care and Critical Care Transport nurse at acute care hospitals. Bridget is serving a term as President of the Illinois Association of School Nurses and co-founded the Lake County District Nurse Leaders group to foster relationships and develop a school nursing networking group.

Janice Loschiavo, MA, RN, is an adjunct instructor at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Ms. Loschiavo has 25 years of professional experience and university teaching experience. 
She has authored numerous journal articles and books relevant to the practice of school nursing and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2006 Governor’s Teachers Recognition Award, the 1995 state of New Jersey School Nurse of the Year, and the 2014 New Jersey City University’s Distinguished Alumnus.

How to Receive Credit  

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time. 
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity. 
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 70% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Provide required personal and payment information. 
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation. 
  • Print your Certificate of Completion. 

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Planners, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies. 

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement 
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept support from ineligible companies. Furthermore, ineligible companies are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners. 

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.? 

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Accreditations and Approvals 
Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited as a provider?of nursing continuing?professional development?by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.?