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School Nursing  

Healthcare professional examining a smiling child in a doctor's office

The school nurse serves in a pivotal role that bridges health care and education. Grounded by standards of practice, services provided by the school nurse include leadership, community/public health, care coordination, and quality improvement (NASN, 2016a). 


A student’s health is directly related to his or her ability to learn. The school nurse addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social health needs of students and supports their achievement in the learning process.

Course Descriptions

Introduction to School Nursing
24 OSPI Clock Hours, Offered Summer and Fall

School nursing is a specialized practice that advances the well-being and health of students in the K-12 school age population. Our blended class combines the best of independent and in-class learning, allowing participants more flexibility without sacrificing quality or content. This course prepares you for the initial Educational Staff Associate Initial Certification as a School Nurse. Content includes the role of the school nurse within the context of the school and society, growth and development, assessment and screening tools, school law, and legal, ethical and professional responsibilities of the role.

This course is approved by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for meeting the requirements for initial certification as a School Nurse. We also offer an accelerated 'Introduction to School Nursing" ESA, offered ONLY in the Summer of 2021, to help the busy school nurse certify as efficiently as possible while still meeting OSPI standards. This course prepares you for the initial Educational Staff Associate Initial Certification as a School Nurse. Content includes the role of the school nurse within the context of the school and society, growth and development, assessment and screening tools, school law, and legal, ethical and professional responsibilities of the role. 15 OSPI clock hours, for Summer of 2021 only!

Keeping Kids in the Classroom

This course provides school nurses an update on clinical issues and information needed to facilitate classroom attendance and learning.

Registration Notes

See above Discounts tab for available discounts and contact Center for Continued Nursing Learning (253-535-7063) for codes prior to registering.

Eligibility Requirements

Open to anyone with an interest in school nursing, click here to see: OSPI requirements to become a school nurse

Credential/Accreditation Information

PLU is an accredited provider of OSPI clock hours for courses.

Pacific Lutheran University (PA-19#) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education approved by the Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.   

Refund Policies

These courses operate by the Nursing Refund Policies.

 

For more information, click the "Request Information" button above.

 

Keeping Kids in the Classroom -- Online Edition $30.00
ONLINE COURSE
Instructor(s):  Margaret Holm, JD, RN
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 1.5
Location: fully online

Common Legal Issues Surrounding School-Aged Kids

ONLINE, SELF-PACED

Legal experts answering common questions about legalities in school settings and with school-age children. 

This workshop will cover school documentation, professional boundaries, scope of practice, IHP, medication & delegation, and common scenarios. This is a section taught in our Intro to School Nursing ESA and is now available to all school nurses as a valuable update. Do not register for this if you are also registered for Intro to School Nursing ESA.

As part of our "Keeping Kids in the Classroom" series for school nurses, this workshop offers 1.5 in-service education clock hours. PLU offers the hours through the Professional Education and Certification Division of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Olympia, WA.

1.5 Clock hours (OSPI) 

SELF-PACED WORKSHOP

Participants can register at any time and will receive an email with information on how to complete the class on their own time. This is not a live session, but an asynchronous session.



 

Keeping Kids in the Classroom -- Online Edition $30.00
ONLINE COURSE
Instructor(s):  Kathleen Richardson DNP, ARNP, FNP-C
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 1
Location: fully online

Kids and Anxiety

ONLINE, SELF-PACED

Learn to recognize anxiety in and help K-12 kids who suffer from anxiety that may manifest in different symptoms.
This 1 hour online workshop is open to any nurse that works with K-12 age kids.


Instructor: Kathleen Richardson, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC, CEN, FAEN

1 Contact Hour or 1 Clock Hour available
ASYNCHRONOUS



 

Keeping Kids in the Classroom -- Online Edition $30.00
ONLINE COURSE
Instructor(s):  Kristi Eilers, PMHNP
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 1.5
Location: fully online

Trauma-Informed Care

ONLINE, SELF-PACED

Using Trauma-Informed Care principles, with an emphasis on working with school-aged kids. This online workshop is perfect for both School Nurses and for those working in pediatrics in these uncertain times.

As part of our "Keeping Kids in the Classroom" series for school nurses, this workshop offers 1.5 in-service education clock hours. PLU offers the hours through the Professional Education and Certification Division of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Olympia, WA.

1.5 Clock Hours (OSPI)
 



 

Introduction to School Nursing ESA $400.00
ONLINE COURSE
Instructor(s):  Karen Smith, Shallae Hobbs
School Nurse Professional Development Clock Hours: 17
Location: Online

Quick-Track Intro to School Nursing ESA Course
17 Clock hours, No In-Person Lab
Location: self-study/online synchronous combo

 

School nursing is a specialized practice that advances the well-being and health of students in the K-12 school-age population. This special version of the Introduction to School Nursing ESA is set up to be 100% online!

Participants will be able to have more flexibility to "learn the ropes" without sacrificing quality or content. This course prepares you for the Educational Staff Associate Initial Certification as a School Nurse. This course is approved by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for meeting the requirements for initial certification as a School Nurse.

Self-Study Online: June 21, 2021 - July 8, 2021 
Live Stream Video Conference: July 9, 2021 (required attendance)
No in-person days. Lab day will be offered in the Fall section only.

** Last day to drop for full price is June 11, 2021 - see Drop/Refund policy **



CCNL is a provider of in-service education clock hours by the Professional Education and Certification Division of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Olympia, WA.

 

 
Contact Information
Center for Graduate and
Continuing Education

Phone: 253-535-7722
Email: ce@plu.edu

Center for Graduate and
Continuing Education
12180 Park Avenue S.
Tacoma, WA 98447