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Working as a School Nurse During the COVID-19 Global Pandemic - Online Course

School Nurses discuss major lessons learned from the challenges of managing the COVID-19 pandemic in school nursing during the 2020-2021 school year.

Accreditation:  Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this webinar, two school nurses will discuss the major lessons learned from the challenges of managing the COVID-19 pandemic in school nursing during the 2020-2021 school year. They will describe the positive takeaways and identify opportunities for improvement for the 2021-2022 school year, including goals while working during the ongoing pandemic. During the webinar, the presenters will compare and contrast two schools in different states—one urban charter school and one suburban special school district (SSD) in a large multi-school district in the United States.

Learning Outcomes
After participating in this course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify similarities and differences in the response of the school nurse for managing the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic at school while using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model.
  • Describe the mitigating strategies that each school used during the Coronavirus pandemic to prevent students and staff from acquiring COVID-19.
  • Describe strategies that can assist with the SARS-CoV-2 response in the current school year.

Speaker Bios:

Michele Voss, RN, BSN, works as a School Nurse at St Louis Language Immersion School (SLLIS) through St Louis Children's Hospital Healthy Kids Healthy Minds Program. SLLIS is a K-8 Charter School in the City of St Louis. They teach Chinese, Spanish and French. Michele isa member of STTI, ASHA (American School Health Association) and Missouri Association of School Nurses. In July ASHA awarded Michele the School Health Professional of the Year Award for 2021. She was also nominated for the Life Changer of the Year Award for 2022.

Katie Christensen, RN, BSN, is a Registered Nurse from Utah, United States. She currently works for the Utah County Health Department. This fall she is beginning her 4th year as a school nurse at a special education school in a large school district. She earned her BSN from Brigham Young University, where she participated in research on public health and school nursing. She presented the findings of one of her studies titled "Barriers to the School Nurse's Role During a Disease Outbreak" at multiple conferences, including the 2018 STTI Conference.

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