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Walking in Unchartered Waters: The ACEs Epidemic Impacting School Communities

Release Date: 10/28/2019
Expiration Date: 10/28/2022
Originally presented at the NASN2019 Annual Conference.

Cost: $20.00 / FREE for NASN members!

Upon successful completion of this offering,
participants will receive 2.0 CNE contact hours.

Program Overview
This educational activity is a guided panel discussion. It took place after a screening of the documentary Wrestling Ghosts and a short documentary debrief.

This activity will enable the learner to understand the generational impact of childhood adversity through a parent perspective and with a trauma-responsive lens. Building from the foundation of trauma-informed care to healing-centered engagement which covers the intersection of Adverse Community Environments and Adverse Childhood Experiences (also known as the “Pair of ACEs”). The learner will identify partnerships and collaborations that will assist with advocacy efforts to enhance and empower the school nurse’s role in student, family, and community health, wellness, and resilience.

As a content warning, the panel discusses various cases of childhood trauma.

NOTE: If you are interested in learning more about the documentary Wrestling Ghosts, please visit the documentary’s website

Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to:
  • Identify adverse childhood experiences and how they impact students, and families of students, as ACEs are passed on in families.
  • Differentiate toxic stress and how it impacts lifelong physical health as well as emotional health for children and families.
  • Understand the challenges of parenting with ACEs and advocate for and partner with students and parents to promote wellness.
  • Identify three strategies for supporting parents with PTSD.
  • Review the ACE Study and how it’s a useful tool in working with parents who have a trauma history.

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.

Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN
School Nurse Educator
Camden City School District

Christine White, BA
Community Facilitator: Northeast US
Community Manager: Parenting with ACEs

Ana Joanes, JD, BA
Director and Producer
Wrestling Ghosts

Susan Prout
I Have the Right To Co-Founder, Executive Director, Board Member

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.