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Medical Cannabis: What School Nurses Need to Know

Release Date: March 28, 2019
Expiration Date: March 28, 2022
Originally presented as a webinar on March 12, 2019 

Cost: $20.00 / FREE for NASN members

Upon successful completion of this offering,
participants will receive 1.0 CNE contact hour.

Program Overview
Children are using cannabis as a medical treatment in ever greater numbers in the 33 states and territories and Washington DC which have medical cannabis programs. Many of these states allow the use of medical cannabis in schools, presenting school nurses with new challenges. This webinar will provide school nurses with a basic understanding of the history of cannabis as a medical treatment, insight into the research supporting its use, its dosing and forms of administration, and a basic understanding of potential problems and precautions around its use.

Learning Outcomes
  • Know the history of cannabis as a medical treatment.
  • Gain a basic understanding of the endocannabinoid system and the pharmacology of cannabinoids.
  • Gain a basic understanding of the research supporting the medical use of cannabis.
  • Learn which medical conditions may benefit from medical cannabis.
  • Understand what is known about the safety and potential risks of cannabis use and abuse.
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.

Dr. Alan Shackelford is a graduate of the University of Heidelberg School of Medicine in Germany and completed postgraduate medical training at major teaching hospitals of the Harvard Medical School, including a residency in internal medicine and Fellowships in nutritional and behavioral medicine as well as a Harvard Medical School research Fellowship.

Since 2009, Dr. Shackelford has consulted with patients for whom the medical use of cannabis has been of great benefit in the treatment of serious medical problems, many of which were unresponsive to conventional prescription medications.
He has also advised legislators in a number of states and several other countries on the medical uses of cannabis and testified before state senate and house committees in Colorado, Connecticut and Pennsylvania during their deliberations on medical cannabis legislation.

Dr. Shackelford is vitally interested in the scientific investigation of cannabis and its potential medical uses in both humans and in animals and in developing pharmaceutically appropriate products based on those studies.

He is a frequent speaker at scientific and medical events as well as educational seminars and continues to consult with patients on the medical uses of cannabis.

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 program did not receive commercial support or grant funding.

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). The cost for this course will be waived for NASN members during the checkout process.

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.