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The Principal and the School Nurse Building a Culture of Health

Release Date: 11/07/2018
Expiration Date: 11/07/2021 
Originally presented at the NASN2018 Annual Conference

Upon successful completion of this offering,
participants will receive 1.0 CNE contact hour.

Cost: $20.00
FREE for NASN members!

Program Overview
This presentation will illuminate the professional issues surrounding the relationship between the principal and the school nurse as they strive to provide a safe and healthy learning environment. The school nurse is the healthcare professional in the school and needs to be viewed as such. The presenters will also cover leadership strategies needed to build and sustain a working relationship with school administration staff including ways to present your goals and ideas, how to demonstrate your outcomes, how to develop a consensus on a shared vision and conflict resolutions tips. Operationalizing these concepts of professionalism, the goal is to ultimately develop a shared sense of school health.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to
  • Develop strategies for building a meaningful professional working relationship with the building principal.
  • Describe what principals need from the nurse.
  • Understand the principal’s general scope of responsibility as it impacts the school nurse.
Intended Audience
This continuing education program is a knowledge-based activity presented to meet the professional development needs of registered nurses and school administrative staff members who are interested in developing skills and strategies to maintain a healthy collaborative school environment that leads to a shared sense of community and student health.


Janice A. Selekman, DNSc, RN, NCSN, FNASN
University of Delaware
Wilmington, Delaware

Aaron M. Selekman, PhD
High School Principal
Christina School District
Newark High School
Wilmington, Delaware

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.