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Elevating the Role of School Nurses on School Behavioral Healthcare Teams

Release Date: 09/25/2023
Expiration Date: 09/25/2026

Cost: Free for NASN members and non 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
To receive a Certificate of Completion and be awarded NCPD contact hours for this program, follow the steps below, and complete and view the full content of the program including the program evaluation. If an assessment is included in the content, you will need to have 75% of the answers correct in order to pass the assessment. You will also have unlimited retakes on the assessment.

Step 1: Enroll in the program through the e-commerce system. Select the Purchase button. You will be directed to the e-commerce system. The program should already be in your shopping cart (look for the shopping cart icon at the top of the e-commerce web page). Select the shopping cart and choose "check out." You will receive a confirmation email with a link back to this program after your transaction.

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: Retrieve the certificate.  After completing all content items, you will earn a certificate. You can save or print it.  Certificates are also stored in your Learning Center Profile.

Program Overview
School nurses are frontline healthcare providers in school, and often are the first school professional staff to identify a student with behavioral health concerns, such as stress, anxiety, and depression. School nurses are not routinely considered a member of the school-behavioral health team, and yet can enhance the team’s ability to support students’ behavioral health challenges. This learning opportunity will enhance the knowledge of school nurses on the role of school nurses on school-based behavioral healthcare teams, the ability to identify a successful model of a school-based team, and the collaboration involved.

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

  • 1) Identify a successful model for integrated, comprehensive school-based behavioral healthcare team.
  • 2) Articulate understanding of the school nurse role on school-based behavioral healthcare team.
  • 3) Understand the collaboration between school staff, specialized instructional support personnel, and school administrators when implementing a comprehensive network of support to care for students and staff.

Intended Audience
This nursing continuing professional development program is developed to meet the educational needs in school-based behavioral health with knowledge and practice for registered nurses who are interested in child, adolescent health, community/public health, and school nursing.


Kim Lovelace MSN, RN, NCSN
School Nurse, Pasco School District
Pasco, WA

Gloria Barrera MSN, RN, PEL-CSN
School Nurse

Lynne Signore BSN, RN, NCSN
School Nurse, Pasco School District
Sanford, ME

Kathy Schulz MS, RN, PHN, LSN, NCSN
School Nurse Program Facilitator,
Anoka Hennepin School District
St. Anoka, MN

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 educational activity is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of as part of a financial assistance award totaling $200,000 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. It is a subgrant from CDC with a third-party contractor, Contract # 47QFSA21F0044-G2S008, School Health Services and Mental Health Support—An Integrated Approach. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of, nor an endorsement by, CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

The Reference to following the guidelines for diagnosis in this educational product is not intended to replace the use of future NASN clinical practice guidelines for the management of asthma.