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The COVID-19 Pandemic and Chronic Health Conditions - The School Nurse Role in Promoting Health Equity

Release Date: 05/03/2021
Expiration Date: 05/03/2022 

Upon successful completion of this offering,
participants will receive 4.0 CNE contact hours.

Cost: Free for NASN members and non-members!

NOTE: This event was hosted by the Tennessee Department of Education in partnership with the National Association of School Nurses and the Colorado Department of Education.

Program Overview
School nurses in CDC funded states – and across the nation – addressing the management of chronic health conditions in schools have been challenged due to the unprecedented demands of the COVID-19 pandemic. Finding balance between the evolving mitigation and management activities to address the pandemic virus(es) and the ongoing care needed by students with chronic health conditions requires focused professional development to remove the dissonance experienced by the practicing school nurse. This educational offering will provide school nurses with a fresh perspective about what has changed and what has not changed as it relates to school nursing practice and the management of chronic health conditions while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Evidence-based current information, tools/resources, and strategies will support the confidence and competence of the school nurse role in promoting health equity for at-risk students that have a chronic health condition.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast how COVID-19 has changed how the school nurse provides care for students with chronic health conditions when learning in-person and learning remotely.
  • Describe how to implement school nurse-led case management as a strategy to identify and support students with chronic health conditions at risk for poor health and academic outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Describe the implications of COVID-19 for students who have chronic health conditions (i.e., T1D/T2D, seizure disorders, asthma, severe allergies, mental health concerns).
  • Identify mitigation strategies to address students with chronic health conditions who are at risk for poor health and academic outcomes.

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.

Sarah Blumenthal, MSN, RN, NCSN
Colorado State School Nurse Consultant
Colorado Department of Education

Anita Brodecky, BSN, RN, NCSN, AE-C
Regional Nurse Specialist
Colorado Department of Education

Christy Haas-Howard, MPH, RN, NCSN, AE-C
School Nurse on Special Assignment
Denver Public Schools

Megan Murray, RN, AE-C
Regional Nurse Specialist
Colorado Department of Education

Kathy Reiner, MPH, BA, BSN, RN
Regional Nurse Specialist
Colorado Department of Education

Jane Weber, MA, BSN, RN, AE-C
Regional Nurse Specialist
Colorado Department of Education

Nichole Bobo, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing Education
National Association of School Nurses

Elizabeth (Liz) Clark, MSN, RN, NCSN, FNASN
Nursing Education & Practice Specialist
National Association of School Nurses

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
Funding was made possible (in part) by Cooperative Agreement Numbers DP16-1601 and DP18-1801 Supplement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health & Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.

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).

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.