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Course: Recognizing Childhood Bereavement as a Public Health Issue Impacting Students

Release Date: 12/04/2020
Expiration Date: 12/04/2023
Originally presented at Virtual NASN2020 on July 3, 2020.

Cost: $20.00/Free for NASN members!

Upon successful completion of this offering, 
participants will receive 1.0 CNE contact hours.

Program Overview
According to the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model, 1 in 14 children in the United States will experience the death of parent or a sibling by age 18. This number more than double when considering youth up to 25 making childhood bereavement a critical public and behavioral health issue. Grief and trauma following a death is destabilizing for children and, when left unaddressed, can result in problems including increased anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress reactions, aggression, academic struggles, and relationship issues. Recent research connects experiencing such a death with significant negative health outcomes including early mortality. Many systems of care provide limited or no access to comprehensive, trauma-informed bereavement services designed to respond to the complex needs of diverse youth. Schools provide a natural environment for ensuring equitable access to effective resources that mitigate risks and keep bereaved youth on healthy developmental trajectories, yet many education professionals report receiving training in identifying, assessing, and supporting students in managing related symptoms and concerns. This educational activity is designed to provide grief and trauma education and awareness to increase school professionals’ bereavement related confidence and competence by discussing misconceptions and myths that can lead to misunderstandings with bereaved families. Participants will review the developmental understandings of death and common grief reactions. Suggestions will assist school professionals in supporting students while fostering growth and resilience. By exploring disruptive grief reactions and restorative grief experiences, the presenter will demonstrate the importance of responding in a manner that launches a whole-family, whole-community, preventative, strengths-based approach.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to: 
  • Delineate myths and misperceptions about death and grief that commonly lead to misunderstandings.
  • Identify developmental understandings of death and common grief reactions from infancy to adulthood.
  • Understand how to support grieving individuals by providing basic responses that promote a griefsensitive environment.
  • Provide referrals to local resources that can support bereaved children and families.
Intended Audience
This continuing education program is a knowledge-based activity developed to meet the educational needs of registered nurses who are interested in child and adolescent health.

Michaeleen Burns, PhD
Chief Clinical Officer
Judi's House and JAG Institute

Faculty and Program Planner Disclosures
NASN must ensure that all educational session content is free of commercial bias and influence. The intent of this disclosure is to provide learners with information on which they can make their own judgments. 
The nurse planner, faculty and reviewers disclose the absence of personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this educational activity within the past 12 months.

Accreditation Statement

National Association of School Nurses is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by NASN or ANCC of any commercial products discussed in this learning activity.

Commercial Support or Grant Funding

This program did not receive commercial support or grant funding.

Instructions to Complete This CNE Activity
To receive a Certificate of Completion for this course, follow the steps below, and complete and view the full content of the program including the course evaluation.

NASN will conduct an outcome assessment of a sample of participants at a later date. Please be advised that, if you complete this course, you may be asked to participate in this outcome assessment.

Step 1: Enroll in the course through the e-commerce system. Select the Purchase button. You will be directed to the e-commerce system. The item should already be in your shopping cart (look for the shopping cart icon at the top of the e-commerce web page).  The cost for this course will be waived for NASN members during the checkout process.

Step 2: Complete and view the full content of the program. Content items are indexed at the bottom of this screen. After you enroll, you will return to this screen. The first content item will be “unlocked” so that you can begin completing the course. Subsequent items will “unlock” as you complete previous items.
Step 3: Print the certificate.