Often the first medical responder to a seizure occurring in an educational environment is the school nurse. These nurses maintain confidential records on each student’s medical history and medication needs. It is very important to keep this information current so that they can provide the appropriate first aid for the child.
The Epilepsy Foundation has initiated a nationwide campaign to train 10,000 school nurses during 2013. The training, Managing Your Students with a Seizure Disorder, was developed by the Foundation in conjunction with the CDC and the National Association of School Nurses. The Georgia affiliate will be kicking off its’ efforts on March 11 with a training workshop at Children’s Healthcare at Scottish Rite. During the 3.5 hour program, nurses will learn about the newest developments in medications for seizures, the importance of having a seizure action plan in place that is individualized for that child, and the psychological impact seizures can have on school performance. Each participant will receive a copy of the Foundation’s new Epilepsy in the Schools DVD, as well as a manual filled with epilepsy resources. Each person in attendance will receive 3.2 CNE’s for their certification.
Due to an overwhelming response, at this time registration is closed for this training. If you would like to access the online training, please go to the National Association of School Nurses website.