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Course: Cardiac Emergency Preparedness - The Role of the School Nurse in Leading a Multidisciplinary Team

Release Date: 12/18/2020
Expiration Date: 12/18/2023 
Originally presented at Virtual NASN2020 on June 30, 2020.

Cost: $20.00/Free for NASN members!

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

Program Overview
More than 350,000 out‐of‐hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrests (SCA) occur in the United States each year and approximately 10 percent survive. Studies show that prompt bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use could double or even triple these numbers. In a study of more than 2,000 schools over a two‐year time frame, the SCA survival rate in schools with AED programs increased to 71 percent. Furthermore, on any given day, as much as 20 percent of the entire United States population is in a school. Protecting children and adults in schools is an important public health and safety measure. The American Heart Association (AHA) led a national collaboration of key stakeholders to develop a policy statement outlining the model to create, implement and practice Cardiac Emergency Response Plans (CERP) for schools. This involves the collaboration of school and community members and their combined resources. As such, it aligns with both the Center of Disease Control Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child framework and the NASN Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice. School nurses are often tasked with the creation and ongoing leadership of such programs. School nurses are challenged with meeting individual and population‐based health needs of a diverse student body with multiple needs, across multiple sites. This workshop session will equip the school nurse leader to systematically plan, implement, grow and sustain an AED program with an efficient, effective SCA response, and strategies for ongoing quality improvement in SCA response.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to: 
  • Describe out‐of‐hospital SCA as critical public health issue and the need for a CERP in their school.
  • Demonstrate the leadership skills necessary to form and lead a multidisciplinary team through the AED program implementation and maintenance.
  • Demonstrate skills in performing a school site assessment and creating a detailed plan to begin implementation of the program.
  • Describe the potential barriers to implementing the program and solutions to overcoming these barriers.
  • Create a plan for ongoing evaluation and sustainability of the program.
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.

Allison Thompson, MBA, CHES
Project ADAM Administrator
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Richard Lamphier, RN
Program Manager Project SAVE
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

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.