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Amplifying School Nursing Leadership through Connecting Health Equity & Student Success [Enduring]

Release Date: 9/7/2023
Expiration Date: 9/7/2025
Originally presented at Virtual NASN2022.

Cost: $20.00/Free for NASN members!

Upon successful completion of this offering,
participants will be awarded 1.0 Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD) contact hour.

Instructions to Complete This NCPD Program
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Program Overview
Health equity is defined as equal access to resources including healthcare to ensure health (Braveman, Arkin, Orleans, Proctor, Plough, Austin, et al., 2021). Two main social determinants of health, access to healthcare and a quality education, significantly impact children and adolescents from vulnerable populations and have a long-lasting impact on health and educational outcomes (Rattermann, Angelov, Reddicks & Monk, 2021). The COVID-19 pandemic significantly amplified the substantial value of a school nurse to ensure the health of school-age children and adolescents, their families, and their communities (Wildergrodt, Maughan & Jameson, 2021). Furthermore, school nurses understand the community’s socio-economic dynamics and have long-term relationships with students and their families. School nurses have a critical role as student advocates to explain and advocate for the needs of students and to promote health equity by connecting families and the community to health promotion and preventive services (Willgerodt, M. A., & Yonkaitis, C. 2021).
This session illuminates the relevancy and urgency of amplifying school nursing leadership linking health equity and student success. We will focus on defining and implementing health equity strategies in the school setting and the school nurse’s overarching contributions to student wellness and academic success and speaks to the noteworthiness of the school nursing specialty that heavily invests time, passion, and dedicated service to school-age children and adolescents. This session encourages a thought-provoking discussion of the role of the school nurse as a valued healthcare influencer and innovative leader beyond the nurse’s office and into the community.

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

  • Define health equity, listing three examples of its contribution to student success.
  • Apply two health equity examples that can be used to articulate the importance of school nurse leadership and student success in a three-minute elevator speech.
  • Describe how the school nurses play a pivotal role in changing practice by linking health equity and student success.
  • Explain how school nursing is paramount to addressing social determinants of health to mitigate adverse effects on student outcomes.

Intended Audience
This continuing education program is a knowledge NCPD program developed to meet the educational needs of registered nurses who are interested in child, adolescent health, community/public health, and school nursing.


Laura Jannone, EdD, RN, CSN-NJ, FNASN
Adjunct Associate Professor
NJ State School Nurses

Marie Foley, PhD, RN, CNL 
Professor, Dean of Nursing
Seton Hall University

Cynthia E. Samuel, PhD, RN, CSN-NJ 
School Nurse
Irvington Board of Education

Faculty and Nurse Planner(s) Disclosures
NASN must ensure that all educational program content is free of commercial interest, bias, influence, and that the integrity of the content is uncompromised. The intent of this disclosure is to provide learners with information on which they can make their own judgments.

The nurse planner(s), faculty, and reviewers disclose there are no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies for ALL those involved with the ability to control the content of this program.

Accreditation Statement
The National Association of School Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development 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 program.

Commercial Support or Grant Funding
This program did not receive commercial support or grant funding.