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Penn State Health’s Annual School Nurse Update

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This update is designed to provide relevant, up-to-date information to school nurse professionals.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to transition reviewed concepts into excellent care for school-age children in the community.


  • School nurses
  • Paraprofessionals
  • School social workers

Agenda and Objectives

  • 7:50 a.m. | Welcome and Opening Remarks
    Jennifer Phoenix
  • 8 a.m. | Nurturing your Health: Strategies for Effective Self-Care
    Kathleen Allen and Angela Schlegel, RD

    • Identify at least three strategies for self-care.
    • Describe the benefits of physical activity for personal wellness.
  • 8:30 a.m. | Empowering Nurses to Support Improved Mental Health in Students
    Kelly D. Holder, PhD

    • Review signs and symptoms of mental health concerns in children.
    • Discuss enhanced listening skills.
    • Identify ways to create a referral and support network.
  • 9:15 a.m. | Break
  • 9:30 a.m. | Vape Talk: Facts about Tobacco
    Eric Rothermel

    • Discuss vaping and tobacco use.
    • Translate vaping and tobacco use to others.
    • List new vaping and tobacco products on the market today.
    • Recommend tobacco control in Pennsylvania.
  • 10:15 a.m. | Crucial Conversations: Tips for Talking when the Stakes are High
    Amanda Hulse

    • Identify the three elements that make a conversation crucial.
    • Explain your style under stress.
    • List strategies to use in interactions with students, parents and staff.
  • 10:45 a.m. | Break
  • 11 a.m. | Pediatric Concussion: Assessment and Recovery through a Multidisciplinary Team
    Lauren Bangert, PhD
    Deborah M. Gross, MEd
    Andrea C. Loeffert, DO

    • Identify the four main symptom areas of concussion and describe how they are assessed and monitored over time in an outpatient pediatric concussion clinic.
    • Describe the common comorbidities and psychosocial factors affecting pediatric concussion recovery.
    • Recognize the importance of school staff, such as nurses, in assisting with concussion recovery.
  • 11:45 a.m. | Hershey Kiss Activity/Closing Comments
    • Develop skill in guiding basic mindfulness practices including: mindfulness of body.
  • Noon | Adjournment


Kathleen Allen
Project Coordinator
Department of Pediatrics
Penn State College of Medicine

Lauren Bangert, PhD
Pediatric Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellow
Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology
Department of Psychiatry
Penn State Children’s Hospital
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Deborah M. Gross, MEd
Academic Liaison for Penn State Concussion Program and Developmental Pediatrics
Penn State Children’s Hospital
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Adjunct Professor, Wilmington University

Kelly D. Holder, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Director, Office for Professional Mental Health
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Amanda Hulse
Organizational Development Specialist
HR, Learning and Leadership Development
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Andrea C. Loeffert, DO
Assistant Professor
Division of Pediatric Neurology
Department of Pediatrics
Penn State Children’s Hospital
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Eric Rothermel
Program Director
Harrisburg Area YMCA Center for Healthy Living

Angela Schlegel, RD
Project Coordinator
Department of Pediatrics
Penn State College of Medicine



This activity has been submitted for approval of continuing nursing education.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association Approver Unit an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Penn State has approved this program for 0.35 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) – 3.5 hours or instruction.


Fee is $50 per person and includes cost of instruction and online handout materials.

Registrations received after Aug. 3, 2020, will incur a $25 late fee.

Cancellations received after July 28, 2020, will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations that are received after July 31, 2020.


A completed evaluation is required in order to receive a certificate for attending this activity. Please complete and submit the evaluation within the specified time frame.


The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund any program registration fees paid but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Program registrants who are experiencing illness or have been exposed to anyone who is ill should contact the Continuing Education office before attending any in-person activities.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.


On-campus educational activities provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education are required to follow health care facility guidelines, including masks. Off-campus events provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education follow the COVID-19 requirements of that venue, which may not require masks. We ask that all participants respect that some attendees may still choose to wear masks for off-campus activities. Check the venue website for the latest requirements and recommendations. Please do not attend this activity if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. By attending the activity, you attest that you do not have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, which may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste, loss of smell or any other sign of illness.

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