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School Nurses Caring for Students with Mental Health Issues

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization. If you are purchasing this course the cost is $50.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: This program is designed to provide school nurses with tools for working with students who present with mental health issues in the school setting.

Instructor: Kathy Fitzsimmons, RN, MEd., PhD

Target Audience: Nurses and other interested healthcare workers

Objectives: 

*Identify the etiologic factors in child and adolescent mental illness. *Outline health promotion strategies.  *Explore and describe the complex interventions required when working with children and adolescents in the school setting.  *List signs and symptoms of mental illness affecting children, and their school nursing implications.  *Describe the connections between mental health and developmental tasks. 

Length of Course: 1 hour 45 minutes

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is an accredited provider of Nursing Professional Development by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Commission on Accreditation. Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 1.75 contact hours.

Respiratory Care Practitioners: 1.75 clock hour will be awarded by Upstate AHEC, an approved provider of continuing education for respiratory care practitioners by the SC Board of Medical Examiners.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 1.75 clock hours of non-social work continuing education by Upstate AHEC, as part of the SC AHEC system, under its accreditation by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners.

Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists: This program has been approved for 1.75 hours of continuing education by SC AHEC under its accreditation by the SC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists.

Other: This educational offering provides 0.175 CEUs (1.75 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials. The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity. Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation. Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit. The process for enrolling in AHECU courses has changed. Please go to www.upstateahec.org and click the blue AHECU/Distance Education block to register for online courses. There is a tutorial on the web site if you need assistance with the registration process.