School Nursing: Preparation for Initial Certification

Course Description

This course is designed for a nurse with a BSN who wants to prepare for certification as a school nurse. Topics include the role of the school nurse, schools and society, growth and development, learning strategies, school law, and the legal and professional responsibilities of the ESA-prepared school nurse. This hybrid course incorporates independent study and classroom instruction. Independent study course materials are to be completed and submitted to the faculty prior to the dates of classroom instruction for evaluation.

The WSU College of Nursing is approved as a provider of clock hours by the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Course Dates

August 3 – 4, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Delivered live via Zoom

Registration closes July 19, 2024 11:59pm PST

The next session for the course will be offered via virtual classroom using Zoom. This option allows for real time, face-to-face education, which is required by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to count clock hours.

The course will include 10 hours of self-study and 14 hours of Zoom.

Instructor: Meredith Clarke MSN, RN

Number of clock hours: 24

Cost: $450
Limited to 25 participants.

Scholarship Available
A $100 scholarship is being offered to participants with financial need. Use coupon code: SNURS24
Scholarship is limited to 25 qualified registrants.

The funding is provided by the Linda Bordwell Educational Fund for School Nursing, regardless of financial need.
(Note: We are unable to process purchase orders at this time.)

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Analyze the role of the school nurse specialist, practitioner, collaborator, professional.
  • Discuss legal and educational responsibilities that influence school health and services, including state learning goals and essential academic learning requirements.
  • Explore environmental, socioeconomic, developmental and cultural variables affecting health status of the school-age child.
  • Utilize knowledge of common health needs and problems of school-age population to develop strategies for planning and implementing programs of care.
  • Discuss legal and professional issues related to documentation and provision of nursing care in the school setting.