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Enhancing the Capacity of School Nurses to Reduce Excessive Anxiety in Children

Release Date: 09/11/2018
Expiration Date: 09/11/2021 
Originally presented at the NASN2018 Annual Conference

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

Cost: $20.00
FREE for NASN members!

Program Overview
Anxiety disorders are common in children and severely impair their functioning. Unfortunately, the majority of anxious children are under identified and under treated. Because a key feature of anxiety is physical complaints, anxious children frequently seek help from the school nurse, who is often the first point of contact. Thus, school nurses are in an ideal position to identify and intervene early. However, school nurses do not receive specific training in evidence based skills to reduce excessive anxiety. The goals of this Institute of Education Science (IES)-funded project was to develop and assess the feasibility of having a brief nurse-administered intervention to reduce anxiety symptoms and improve academic functioning.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to
  • Report prevalence rates of pediatric anxiety.
  • Identify three signs of anxiety.
  • Identify evidence-based strategies for anxiety reduction.
Intended Audience
This continuing education program is a knowledge-based activity developed to meet the educational needs of registered nurses who are interested in anxiety disorders and evidence-based best practices interventions to reduce anxiety symptoms in the school setting.


Kelly Drake, Ph.D.
Anxiety Treatment Center of Maryland
Ellicott City, Maryland

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. 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.