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Long COVID-The New "Invisible Illness" [Enduring]

Release Date: 11/09/2023
Expiration Date: 11/09/2025
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

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the role of the school nurse in school health programs. From partnering with local health departments, conducting testing and contact tracing, and creating innovative solutions to keep students and staff safe, the school nurse has impacted their school's ability to respond to the pandemic. School nurses have risen to meet numerous challenges over the past two years and are being called upon to face yet another challenge. School nurses are now preparing to assess post-COVID students and educate staff to identify students affected by symptoms of long-COVID. Symptoms of long-COVID have the potential to impact the student's physical and cognitive ability in school. School nurses are in a unique position to identify some of the health and developmental trends or changes in students at risk or diagnosed with COVID-19. School nurses are positioned to refer these students to specialists/healthcare providers, collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team, and work with their school team to create an individualized student's plan for success. The overall goal of this session is to raise awareness of the effects of long-COVID in the pediatric and adolescent population, so schools are prepared to meet the needs of the students.

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

  • Define long-COVID.
  • Articulate three symptoms a student with long-COVID might exhibit.
  • Describe effects of long-COVID on a student's learning/stamina.
  • Develop four accommodations to support students with long-COVID.
  • Apply knowledge to advocate for the physical/cognitive needs of a student.

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.


Patricia Ann Fato, BSN, RN, CPN
Nurse Educator
Kennedy Krieger Institute

Megan Roesler, MSN, RN, CPN
Nurse Educator
Kennedy Krieger Institute

Barbara Obst, MSEd, BSN, RN, NCSN
Educator SHNIC Coordinator
Kennedy Krieger Institute

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.