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Infection Control in the Classroom

Release Date: 09/22/2017
Expiration Date: 09/22/2020
Originally presented at the NASN2016 Annual Conference

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

Cost: $40.00
FREE for NASN members!

Program Overview
Spotting outbreaks, taking action and using disinfectants are important as our four speakers point out and share their expertise in norovirus outbreaks, H1N1, and routine disinfection. Common infections are transmitted by hand contact with contaminated surfaces in the classroom and then touching of the nose, mouth or eyes. The purpose of this session is to enable the learner to become empowered to undertake actions to stop the spread of infectious diseases and to understand the importance of fomites in their spread in the classroom, with interventions that reduce student exposure to pathogens.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to
  • Explain the importance of fomites (surfaces) in the spread of infectious disease in classrooms,
  • Identify where pathogenic bacteria and viruses occur in the classroom,
  • Apply case studies of interventions that reduce exposure to pathogens in the classroom, and
  • Discuss leadership school nurses can provide to empower others to help decrease illnesses in the classroom through timely, routine disinfection.
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.


Charles P. Gerba, PhD, Professor
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

Dana Balchunas, MEd, BSN, RN, Director, Health Services
Washoe County School District
Reno, Nevada

Keith S. Webb, BS, Executive Director, Plant Services
Newport News Public Schools
Newport News, Virginia

Mary Pappas, BSN, RN, School Nurse
Saint Francis Preparatory School
Fresh Meadows, New York

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 Sponsorship
This program did not receive commercial support or sponsorship.

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. Select the Purchase button. Enroll through the e-commerce system. 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.