This continuing education course will focus on support and preparation for the return of students to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. The target audience for this learning activity is school nurses, nurses, school administrators, teachers, parents, corporations, communities, and government officials. The information is presented in modules and includes storyboards to support critical thinking and real-world application of current research, guidelines, and policies. The time to complete this activity is approximately 2 hours.
1. Classify triage of student visits to the school nurse: parent collaboration, medical referral, and return to class.
2. Appraise symptoms of COVID-19 vs symptoms of standard childhood illnesses.
3. Examine potential psychosocial challenges for children during the COVID-19.
4. Review guidelines and protocols regarding COVID-19 for children in school settings.
5. Explore methods of self-protection during frequent exposures to childhood illnesses.
6. Validate myth vs. fact regarding COVID-19 risk in children.
Dr. Robin Geiger is the Assistant Program Director for Nursing and a member of the Faculty Senate for Northcentral University. She graduated from Touro University with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. She has a MSN from the University of South Alabama, and a BSN from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Geiger maintains clinic practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Florida. Her interests are innovative teaching methods for online education, holistic care and fostering health equity to empower patients to improve their current health.
Dr. William (Bill) Reay has been a national leader in mental health services and behavioral health services research for more than 25 years. He received his Master of Arts degree in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology with a minor in Law from the University of Nebraska. He has written numerous professional articles on a variety of subjects associated with public health and behavioral health services. Dr. Reay was also a Professor of Psychology and Director of Academic Program Development for Northcentral University, where he continues to advise as a member of the Professional Advisory Council (PAC).