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Course: Meeting the Health Needs of Students While on Field Trips

Release Date: 01/08/2021
Expiration Date: 01/08/2024
Originally presented at Virtual NASN2020 on June 30, 2020.

Cost: $20.00/Free for NASN members!

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

Program Overview
While school‐sponsored field trips are designed to enhance the educational experience of students, they require planning and special considerations, especially related to the health needs of students. Standards for safe medication administration, the provision of health care services, including delegated nursing acts and registered nurse supervision, do not change when students are on field trips sponsored by their school districts. Legal statutes, clinical standards for care and states varying Nurse Practice Acts still apply. Federal law requires equal access to school attendance and school‐sponsored activities. In order to provide equal access, the provision of health services including medication administration may be required. Successful field trips require collaboration and team planning among school administrators, teachers, school nurses, other school staff, parents and students. In order to assist school districts in establishing or reviewing their policies and practices a school nurse workgroup was established to provide expert guidance and create a field trip tool kit for Wisconsin school districts. As the state School Nurse Consultant, I convened the workgroup and am the primary author of the document. The tool kit is published on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s website and is public domain. During the session, I will describe the creation of this tool kit and share its contents with participants.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to: 
  • Describe the role and responsibility school nurses have in planning for field trips.
  • Articulate how other states' Nurse Practice Acts affect field trip preparation.
  • Develop tools to increase collaboration among school staff and parents when planning field trips.
  • Understand and navigate the complexity of in‐state, out‐of‐state, and over‐night field trips.
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.

Louise Friday Wilson, MS, BSN, RN, NCSN
State School Nurse/Health Services Consultant
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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.