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Trauma-Informed Care in School Nursing [Enduring]

Release Date: 10/26/2023
Expiration Date: 10/26/2025
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
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
Trauma-informed schools provide students, families, and staff with an environment attuned to the prevalence of trauma. School nurses, specifically, work very closely with students, families, and staff who may be experiencing distress. An integral part of a trauma-informed school environment, school nurses provide care and resources to patients who may be impacted by abuse, community violence, a medical event, or trauma that may be experienced day-to-day. Trauma-informed school nursing practice requires an awareness of trauma’s potential impact on students and colleagues, recognition of the signs and symptoms of traumatic stress reactions, and integration of trauma-informed techniques. Traumatic stress may be derived from many different sources, including but not limited to medical traumatic stress. Medical traumatic stress includes the psychological and physiological responses of children and their families to pain, injury, illness, medical procedures, and frightening treatment experiences. Acute and chronic traumatic stress responses are common across many pediatric conditions, and upon returning to school, school nurses may work with students who may experience these responses. Additionally, school nurses themselves are currently feeling overworked and burdened by their increased workload and how their job responsibilities have changed recently. It is important that school nurses are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and tools to recognize traumatic stress reactions, decrease the prevalence of new trauma or re-traumatization while students are in their care, and to provide families and staff with the information and resources available to help those who need it, while making their own well-being a priority.

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

  • Recognize three traumatic stress reactions among students, family members, and staff.
  • Decrease the prevalence of new trauma or re-traumatization of students, family, and staff by recognizing three risk factors of trauma.
  • Provide students, families, and staff with at least two resources to decrease the effects of trauma.

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


Nicole DiBattista, MSN, RN, CEN
Interprofessional Education and Training Specialist
Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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.