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Course: School Nursing Interventions to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Release Date: 11/20/2020
Expiration Date: 11/20/2023
Originally presented at Virtual NASN2020 on July 2, 2020.

Cost: $20.00/Free for NASN members!

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

Program Overview
More than 2.6 million grandparents are raising almost 6 million grandchildren in the United States (GrandFacts, 2019). Several themes have been reviewed in the literature about custodial grandparents. Sometimes grandparents may “co‐parent” with their adult child, or they may have custodial responsibility of grandchildren without the involvement of their grandchildren’s parents. It has been demonstrated that resilience can counter the hardships these grandparents may experience. Some of the challenges for grandparents who are raising grandchildren can include mental and physical health stressors, social isolation, managing trauma, limited financial resources, and a lack of social supports. Some custodial grandchildren may also have social/emotional and behavioral concerns related to the trauma that led to their parent(s) being unavailable to parent them (Hayslip, 2017). This kind of trauma, in turn, may affect students' academic success and ability to be ready to learn. School nurses are in a unique position to work with families to support health and well‐being and to link them to resources for assistance. This presentation will share what we know about the challenges faced by grandparents who are parenting grandchildren. It will also explore how specific school nursing interventions with custodial grandparents can help to alleviate family stress and promote student wellness. Case studies will be examined and a successful support structure called a “Grandparent Café” used by one school district will be described.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to: 
  • Identify five challenges faced by grandparents who are raising grandchildren.
  • Examine three nursing interventions to support custodial grandparents.
  • Implement a collaborative strategy to positively impact the health and well‐being of grandfamilies.
  • Identify community resources that are available to assist grandparents raising grandchildren.
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 Wallin, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, NCSN
Director of Health Services
Parkway School District

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.