Most school nurses do not have first-hand experience with the identification and treatment of many of the communicable diseases that are currently on the rise in the United States. School nurses are seeing a resurgence of childhood communicable diseases that they have not had to identify or treat in many years, or even in their professional lifetime. For example, during the first quarter of 2019, a total of 704 cases of measles were reported, the highest number of cases reported since 1994. (Increase in Measles Cases — United States, January 1–April 26, 2019 CDC Statistics). Dr. Hilbert and Ms. Napolitano will look at the rise of diseases such as varicella, pertussis, mumps, and measles, and talk about the early identification and management of these diseases through the lens of the school nurse.
- Registered Nurses
- School Nurse
- Pediatric Nurse
Requirements for CE Credit
Vaccine Preventable Childhood Diseases: Early Identification and Management for the School Nurse
Requirements for Successful Completion:
The registered nurse in the school setting should self-report the ability to identify symptoms of vaccine preventable disease, report the disease to their state or local health department, and refer students to Texas Vaccine for Children and ImmTrac resources.
To receive contact hours for this continuing education activity, the participant must view the entire activity and complete and submit the evaluation form before the course expiration date of April 1, 2022.
Once successful completion has been verified, a “Certificate of Successful Completion” will be awarded for 1.25 contact hours.
Conflicts of Interest:
The activity’s Nurse Planner has determined that no one who has the ability to control the content of this CNE activity – planning committee members and presenters/authors/content reviewers – has a conflict of interest.
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
- The registered nurse should self-report the ability to identify symptoms of vaccine preventable disease, report the disease to their state or local health department, and refer students to Texas Vaccine for Children and ImmTrac resources.
Brief Bio : Dr. Caroline Hilbert is the Director of Immunization Advocacy at Williamson County & Cities Health District. With over eight years of experience in building and supporting community-based health initiatives, Dr. Hilbert is passionate about improving the lives of Texas residents through health education and preventive health programming.
Brief Bio : Nancy Napolitano graduated with her BSN from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. A registered nurse for 38 years, she brings experience in many areas of nursing, which have culminated in public health. She works with Williamson County and Cities Health District in public health nursing, as the Vaccine Preventable Disease Nurse and Perinatal Hepatitis B Coordinator, in the Epidemiology and Emergency Preparedness Division.