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Using the Law to Improve School Nursing Practice

Release Date: 11/11/2019
Expiration Date: 11/11/2022
Originally presented at the NASN2019 Annual Conference.

Cost: $20.00 / FREE for NASN members!

Upon successful completion of this offering,
participants will receive 1.25 CNE contact hours.

Program Overview
School nursing practice cannot be separated from the legal concerns of this health specialty. Like all health practitioners, school nurses practice in a system that must adhere to regulations and policies that guide their practice. School nurses face challenges in their practice that are frequently mediated by issues of law. In addition, the Framework for 21st Century School Nursing PracticeTM incorporates legal issues into the specialty of school nursing. This educational activity will provide the school nurse with information on what common ‐ but often misunderstood ‐ federal laws are directly applicable to providing care to those in the school setting. Common state issues will also be discussed. Participants will be provided with information on how to locate the applicable laws within their own states, and how to use these legal avenues to enhance their school nursing practice. The overriding goals of this educational activity are to help school nurses feel comfortable with the language of the law as related to school nursing, and to know how and where to look for answers to common law‐related questions of school nurses. Nurses will be empowered to practice with confidence so they are not distracted by legal issues. No legal advice will be given during this educational activity.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to:
  • Identify the origins of the legal responsibilities related to school nursing practice.
  • Identify the common federal and state regulations that affect school nursing practice.
  • State where and how to look for answers to address the legal issues identified by the school nurse.
  • Interpret common federal and state laws from the perspective of school health.
  • Apply legal regulations to the school nursing practice in their own settings as a mechanism to improve school health
  • practice.

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.

Lee‐Ann Halbert, EdD, JD, RN, MSN, CNM, NCSN, CNE
Assistant Professor of Nursing
University of South Carolina Beaufort

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.