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School Nursing Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline: Students with Seizures and Epilepsy CPG Implementation Toolkit

Release date: 02/05/2024
Expiration date: 02/05/2029

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As champions of student health, school nurses are in a unique position to educate staff, students, parents, and families about Seizures and Epilepsy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report approximately 470,000 children ages 6-17 years old in the United States have epilepsy, with a prevalence rate of 6.3/1,000. Generalized seizure first aid training and knowledge for the school nurse and the staff as well as the students and families:

  • Reduce the risk of life-threatening complications and hospitalization.
  • Better plan for and manage seizure episodes.
  • Reduce hesitation to provide seizure first aid.
School nurses have the potential to greatly improve the health and quality of life for the child with epilepsy and their family through improved seizure management. However, the complex and unique healthcare needs of school children with epilepsy may not be consistently met in the school setting due to issues related to school nurse staffing and availability to provide direct care, knowledge deficits related to seizure management among school personnel, and medication delegation barriers *(Hartman et al., 2016).

Lead Author

Linda Neumann, RN


Elizabeth Clark, MSN, RN, NCSN, FNASN
Mary Nasuta, MS, BSN, RN, NCSN
Mary E. Thompson, PhD, CPNP-PC, RN
Lai Brooks, DNP, FNP-BC


Mr. Rodney La Point, MSN, RN

Funding Statement
This guideline 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 no. DP006964-03-00 totaling $300,000 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. 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.

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*Hartman, A. L., Di Laura Devore, C., & Doerrer, S. C. (2016). Rescue medicine for epilepsy in education settings. Pediatrics, 137(1), 1-5. e20153876.