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Course: Staying Connected: Facilitating the Learning Experience During and After Cancer Treatment

Release Date: 12/18/2020
Expiration Date: 12/18/2023 
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
School nurses play a key role in treating and supporting students and in educating students and school personnel on the various diseases that can affect students. Therefore, it is important for school nurses to understand childhood cancers and the potential effects treatment can have on their education. The sooner a student with cancer returns to school, or continues their learning outside school until they can return, the better his or her chance of academic and social success. It is critical to form a partnership between the medical team, the school team, the parent and the child. Often, the school team, including school nurses, is inexperienced in dealing with this transition and does not understand what the child has experienced, and their ongoing and future needs. This program will provide a brief overview of the effects of treatment, including medical, cognitive and psychosocial challenges for survivors throughout their education, laws that protect children and AYA survivors’ rights, strategies to help meet the students’ education needs, and resources to support schools and families. This program will also provide strategies for school personnel to utilize in helping siblings and peers of the child diagnosed with cancer personally cope as well as support the child, advice on communicating with the family and school community, including grief and loss, and underscores the importance of self‐care for the nurse and other school personnel.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to: 
  • Identify cancers that affect children, adolescents, and young adults (AYAs).
  • Describe side effects and long‐term and late effects of childhood and AYA cancer treatment.
  • Implement strategies to support survivors in challenges they may face throughout their education.
  • Identify components of a school intervention plan to meet a student’s educational needs, including laws that protect student survivors’ rights.
  • Access resources to support schools and families.
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.

Lauren Berger, MPH
Senior Director, Professional Education & Engagement
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Karen DeMairo, MHSA
Vice President, Education, Support & Integration
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Kelly Laschinger, CPNP, MSN, RN
Clinical Trial Nurse Navigator
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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.