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Tick-borne Illness: Prevention, Assessment and Care [2019]

This educational activity is a 2019 updated version of a previous activity with the same name. 

Release Date: February 25, 2019
Expiration Date: February 25, 2022

Cost: FREE for NASN members and Non-Members

Upon successful completion of this offering,
participants will receive 1.25 CNE contact hour.
Program Overview 
Prevention, education and care are key components of the management of tick-borne illnesses, and school nurses are the leaders in the school community to guide and support these measures. In this learning experience, school nurses will learn about the pathophysiology of tick-borne illnesses and their management in the school setting including: the types of illnesses and diseases that can be transmitted from tick bites, how to assess and provide direct care to students exposed, coordinating care with parents and health providers for students exposed to or bitten by ticks, how to assess their school groups for potential tick exposures, how to collaborate with parents and school leaders to bring awareness to ticks and tick-borne diseases and how to manage students with chronic tick-borne diseases in the school setting.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to:
  • List three signs and symptoms of the most common tick-borne diseases.
  • Describe how to properly apply EPA-registered repellents.
  • Describe the role of the school nurse in preventing and detecting tick-borne diseases.
  • List the locations to be included during tick checks.
  • Articulate and identify the steps needed to properly remove a tick.
  • Understand the significant role that school nurses play in community education and awareness.
  • Identify one action to take to improve your school’s awareness and prevention of tick-borne diseases.

Intended Audience

This continuing education program is a knowledge-based activity developed to meet the educational needs of registered nurses who are interested in child and adolescent health.

Jade Bland-Slaffey, MSHCA, BSN, RN
Nursing Education and Practice Specialist, Lead Nurse Conference Planner
National Association of School Nurses

Elizabeth Carver, DNP, FNP, CNE
Family Nurse Practitioner
Duke University Medical Center

Susan Hoffmann MSN, RN, NCSN
SH Consulting, LLC

Suzanne Levasseur, MSN, APRN, CPNP
Supervisor of Health Services
Westport Public Schools

Thomas N Mather, BS, MS, PhD
Center for Vector Borne Disease, University of Rhode Island

Kathleen D. Murray, BS, MS, PhD
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Faculty and Program Planner Disclosures
NASN must ensure that all educational session content is free of commercial bias and influence. The intent of this disclosure is to provide learners with information on which they can make their own judgments.

The nurse planner, faculty and reviewers disclose the absence of personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this educational activity within the past 12 months.

Accreditation Statement
National Association of School Nurses is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education 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 activity.

Commercial Support or Grant Funding
This educational learning module was funding by a DEET Education Program grant.

Instructions to Complete This CNE Activity
To receive a Certificate of Completion for this course, follow the steps below, and complete and view the full content of the program including the course evaluation.

NASN will conduct an outcome assessment of a sample of participants at a later date. Please be advised that, if you complete this course, you may be asked to participate in this outcome assessment.

Step 1: Enroll in the course through the e-commerce system. Select the Purchase button. You will be directed to the e-commerce system. The item should already be in your shopping cart (look for the shopping cart icon at the top of the e-commerce web page).

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: Print the certificate.