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School Nursing Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline: Students with Seizures and Epilepsy

Release Date: 12/1/2018
Expiration Date: 12/1/2021


Angela M. Lepkowski, DNP RN NCSN PHNA-BC
Erin D. Maughan PhD, MS, RN, PHNA-BC, FNASN, FAAN

Students with seizures and epilepsy experience complex and unique issues in the school setting due to the unpredictable nature of seizures, medication delegation barriers, knowledge deficits, and lack of daily school nurse presence (Hartman, et al., 2016). Available free of charge, the National Association of School Nurses' (NASN) Guideline is based on the most recent and highest quality evidence available. Implementation of this Guideline will assist the school nurse in providing high quality care of students with seizure disorders in order to improve the health and safety of students with epilepsy.

Evidence-based practice recommendations are essential to provide high quality school nursing care, and guides school nurses in caring for medically complex populations of students. An evidence-based clinical guideline (EBCG) follows a specific process that goes beyond a literature review involving a deeper scope of the literature, analysis of the strength of evidence, and involvement and reviews by experts in the field.

In December 2019, NASN revised the Guideline to reflect slight changes, based on expert panel critical appraisal, to clarify wording that was being misinterpreted; and to capture recent updated and current scientific literature and evidence-based practice resources.

NOTE: The Guideline is a decision making tool and is not intended to replace application of nursing judgment. The Guideline is available free of change, however, please login or create an account to access.

How to access this resource: There is no cost for this resource but you will need to sign in to view or print it.  If you do not have a customer or member account with NASN, you may create an account from the sign in or login page and then use the account to access this resource.