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Helping Administer to the Needs of the Student with Diabetes in School

Release Date: 05/01/2015
Expiration Date: 12/31/2018
Expiration date extended for school nurses in New Mexico, Oklahoma and D.C.: 06/30/2019

Upon successful completion of this offering,
participants will receive 6.5 CNE contact hours.

Cost: $135.00
$90.00 for NASN members!

Program Overview
H.A.N.D.S. SM is a school nurse diabetes management education program. It is organized into ten sections and presented as an online course in six presentation videos.
  • Section 1: Diabetes Mellitus Overview
  • Section 2: Type 2 Diabetes in Youth
  • Section 3: Diabetes Management at School: Legal Considerations
  • Section 4: School Nurse Role: Care Coordination
  • Section 5: Monitoring at School: Blood Glucose and Ketones
  • Section 6: Insulin Administration at School
  • Section 7: Insulin Pumps at School
  • Section 8: Nutrition and Activity
  • Section 9: Potential School Emergencies: Managing Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia
  • Section 10: Development, Social, Emotional Issues of Students with Diabetes
The purpose of this course is to enhance the school nurses’ knowledge and skills related to care coordination of students with type 1 and type 2 diabetes in school and to equip the school nurse with tools and resources to facilitate effective diabetes management at school.

H.A.N.D.S. SM is presented by a school nurse (RN) and an RN certified diabetes educator (CDE) team contributing clinical expertise and practical knowledge. To enhance the learning experience, after registering for the course, learners are invited to join a free H.A.N.D.S.SM online course discussion forum moderated by an RN CDE. In addition, the presentation slide handouts/note pages for the complete course are provided as a PDF download.  

Learners may also purchase the NASN publication Managing Diabetes at School: Tools for the School Nurse. The H.A.N.D.S.SM diabetes forms contained in the 220-page, 3-ring binder are arranged by tools for assessment, tools for planning, and tools for implementation of the IHP. There are three individualized healthcare plans for the school nurse to customize for students with diabetes who are dependent for care, self-managing, and developing coping skills. Tools for implementation include diabetes management logs, procedures, skills/delegation checklists for blood glucose/ketone monitoring, insulin administration, and pump therapy. Also included are two additional daily diabetes management documentation tri-fold forms (SHODR* - School Health Office Diabetes Record). This publication is accompanied by a disc containing all of the forms in PDF and WORD formats.  Learn more about this resource.

Learning Objectives
At the completion of this program, the participant will be able to:
  1. Summarize current knowledge and guidelines related to diabetes and diabetes management at school,
  2. Identify the school nurse's role in developing and maintaining an individualized healthcare plan for safe, effective diabetes management at school, 
  3. Describe the management of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia at school, 
  4. Apply knowledge about blood glucose and ketone monitoring to managing diabetes at school,
  5. Describe the importance of nutrition and activity in diabetes management at school,
  6. Describe the role of insulin therapy in effective diabetes management at school, 
  7. Identify issues unique to the school setting that can impact safe and effective diabetes management, 
  8. Identify the key school personnel who will require education about diabetes management, and 
  9. Discuss regional considerations that relate to diabetes management at school.

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.

Leah Wyckoff, MS, BSN, RN, NCSN
School Nurse Consultant
Douglas County School District
Parker, Colorado

Louise Laskaratos, FNPC, CDE, BC-ADM
Family Nurse Practitioner
University of New Mexico Hospitals
Albuquerque, New Mexico

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 reduced 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.  

Notice to Learners Required to Renew the H.A.N.D.S.SM Program
Learners required to renew this training must first complete the training. Once all the content in the training is complete, a H.A.N.D.S.SM Re-certification option or item will be available. This item is at the very bottom of this page. The item does have a fee associated with it and no additional CNE will be awarded. If you have questions or concerns, please contact NASN’s Nursing Education and Practice Specialist, Jade Bland-Slaffey at