School of NursingSCHOOL HEALTH PROGRAMS2021-2022 Program HandbookCaring and Committed Service to the Next GenerationAccredited by the Pennsylvania Department of EducationRevised 6/2021Approved 6/2021

TABLE OF CONTENTSForeword 2Organizational Chart . .3Mission and Statements of Belief .4Certification: School Nurse (PK-12) Program (CSN) 6Certification: School Health Supervisor 12Master of Education in School Health Services 15Master of Education in School Health Services via Supervisory Track 16Master of Education in School Health Services via CSN Track .17Program Policies 20Academic Advising and Grading Policies .22Graduation Information (M.Ed. degree students only) .28General Information & Services 29Student Communications .32NUR 530 Practicum Appendices: A Castle Branch Instructions .33B School District Affiliation Agreement 38C SHP Handbook Acknowledgment Form .41D HIPPA/FERPA Confidentiality Form .42E Required Documents for NUR 530 Checklist .43F Practicum Guidelines 2021-2022 .441

ForewordThis manual was written to provide the student in the School Health Program with a guide to theSchool of Nursing policies and curriculum. The student should use the manual along with the writtenpolicies and procedures contained in the most recent Eastern University Graduate Catalog and StudentHandbook.This manual does not supersede or replace the Eastern University Graduate Catalog and StudentHandbook. Additional information can be obtained by meeting with a School Health faculty advisor.The University reserves the right to change its regulations, courses of study, and schedule of feeswithout previous notice.2

ORGANIZATIONAL CHART: SCHOOL HEALTH PROGRAMSMelissa J. Snyder D.Ed., FNP, CNEAssociate Dean, School of NursingPhone: 610-225-5023 Email: [email protected] StaffProgram Full-time FacultyJacquelyn M. Buige Raco, MSN, M.Ed., RN, CSN,CSSHSDirector, School Health ProgramsEmail : [email protected] M. Buige Raco, MSN, M.Ed., RN, CSN,CSSHSLecturer, School Health ProgramsEmail : [email protected] Reape, M.Ed., RN, BSN, CSNAffiliate, School Health ProgramsEmail : [email protected] Rosen, BA Communication/MarketingCoordinator of Practicum Experiences and NursingSupportOffice: 610-341-5896Email: [email protected] Student Support ServicesFinancial AidPhone: 610-225-5102Fax: 610-225-5651Email: [email protected] AdmissionsPhone: 1-800-732-7669Email: [email protected]: 610-225-5601Sarah RocheRegistrarPhone: 610-341-5854Email: [email protected] AccountsPh: 610-341-5831Fax: 610-341-1492Email: [email protected] Adjunct FacultyLaura Cook, [email protected] Houseman, MSN, RN, [email protected] Kelly, MSN, RN, CSN, [email protected] Kramer, MSN, RN, [email protected] Morgitan, M.Ed., RN, BSN, [email protected],eduTrisha Smith, M.Ed., RN, BSN, [email protected] Ellen Weber, MSN, RN, [email protected]

School Health Programs Vision and Mission StatementSchool of Nursing Vision StatementEastern University’s School of Nursing empowers graduates to excel and flourish as nurse clinicians,leaders, educators, and catalysts of change within healthcare and education.SHP Mission StatementSchool Health programs prepare professional nurses for thoughtful and productive lives of Christianfaith, leadership, education, and health service in diverse learning environments within schoolcommunities.Statements of BeliefThe School of Nursing expands upon its mission by defining five statements of belief regarding the artand science of professional nursing, the learning experience, the human experience, health, and theenvironment. These fundamental beliefs provide a framework to support the vision and missionstatements of the School of Nursing.Art and Science of Professional NursingEphesians 4:32 - “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christforgave you.” (ESV)Nursing is an art and a science. As an art, nurses serve human needs with compassionate care andrespect for the dignity of life. As a science, nurses use evidenced-based practice and theory to promotehealth and respond to the human condition of persons, families, and populations. Through the art andscience of nursing, nurses are able to care for the biopsychosocial and spiritual needs of persons througha Christian worldview.Learning ExperienceProverbs 2:6 “For the Lord gives wisdom, from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.”(ESV)Learning is a highly personal experience that promotes self-direction and a commitment to life-longprofessional growth and development. The learner brings an identity formed from rich, unique lifeexperiences that provides a foundational context for learning. The diversity of these experiences shapethe learners’ education as well as the nurse educator-learner interaction, thus promoting the motivationand curiosity to learn through shared responsibility in active learning processes.Human ExperiencePsalm 139:13-114 “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’swomb. I praise you, for a I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; mysoul knows it well. (ESV)Individuals are holistic beings with diverse experiences, perspectives, and values. Spirituality is at thecore of the human being and influences all aspects of life, promoting a sense of wholeness to meet one’sbiopsychosocial and spiritual needs. As a dynamic being, an individual is interconnected with persons,families, and populations as well as the environment.HealthJeremiah 30: 17 - “For I will restore health to you and your wounds I will heal.” (ESV)4

A person in balance is a healthy person. Health, which includes physical, mental, social, and spiritualwellbeing, is defined on a continuum and based on each person’s health perspective. Therefore, health isnot merely the absence of disease or illness.EnvironmentColossians 3:12 - “Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts,kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” (ESV)A healthy environment is a universal need and fundamental human right and is sustained throughmultidisciplinary collaboration. Environmental and social justice is a right of all populations andassumes that disparities in health are not acceptable. The nurse promotes a healthy environment throughrespect of the diverse values, beliefs, cultures, and circumstances of patients and their families(American Nurses Association, [ANA], 2007).American Nurses Association (2007). ANA’s principles of environmental health for nursing Practicewith implementation strategies.[PDF].5

CERTIFICATION IN SCHOOL NURSE (PK-12) PROGRAMLEARNING OUTCOMESUpon successful completion of the courses required for certification the student willmeet the requirements for a Pennsylvania certificate as a Level I Educational Specialist-School Nurse.LEARNING OBJECTIVES1. Recognize the parameters for providing healthcare services in schools as determined by legaland professional guidelines.2. Demonstrate an understanding of how issues of ethnic and cultural backgrounds may impactfamily involvement in the intervention process.3. Incorporate the roles and standards of school nursing4. Participate in planning, implementing, and evaluating the care of the school-aged child basedon theoretical and research-based evidence.5. Collaborate with the student, their family, and interdisciplinary school professionals inplanning (including writing a health history for an IEP and creating and IHP, ECP, and 504)and implementing health care.6. Perform all the state mandated health screenings.7. Use appropriate communication skills to promote relationships that enhance health care in theschool setting, which demonstrate respect and sensitivity to diverse populations and/orviewpoints.8. Identify the need for participation in, professional, political, and community organizationsand activities (including creating a faculty development workshop on the common health careconcerns for the school-aged child).9. Identify the ministry of school nursing, including cultural diversity considerations.10. Apply the standards of care and legal/ethical issues to school nurse practice.Specialist Description Pennsylvania Department of Education: School NurseRevised 12/21/2017I. Knowing the ContentThe professional education program provides evidence that candidates for School Nurse certificationhave a BS or BA degree, in any field, for certification purposes; a current license to practice as aRegistered Nurse; and have demonstrated their knowledge of and competence in providing for the healthcare needs of children and youth (PK-12). Pursuing a BSN may be in the best interest of a candidatewho already possesses nursing credits from their licensing courses.I.A. Providing information and services in school health related areas including: promotion of health education and health practices, assessment of community and school health needs,6

physical and mental health assessment of children and youth, development, management, and evaluation of the school health program, prevention, identification, and control of communicable diseases, counseling techniques, referral, and health care management of children and youth, case management of health needs of children and youth, competence in dealing with health related issues of diverse populations, child and adolescent development, educational psychologyI.B. Recognizing symptoms and consequences of safety and environmental factors including: child abuse, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, violence, homelessness and poverty, emergency response and crisis intervention planning, safe and healthy school environmentI.C. Assessing, documenting and managing the health care needs of children and youth withdisabilities in the least restrictive environment including: technological care, nutrition, medication, participation in multidisciplinary meetings, development of an individualized plan of health careI.D. Regulatory, ethical and professional issues and responsibilities governing the provision ofhealth care services in the schools including: Federal, state and local laws and regulations which impact children and youth, Pennsylvania State Professional Nurse Law, Pennsylvania school code and regulations, American Nursing Association/National Association of School Nurses code of ethics, privacy and confidentiality, child and parental rightsII. PerformancesThe professional education program provides evidence that each School Nurse certification candidatesare assessed and demonstrate competence in the above content areas during participation in early fieldexperiences and a required practicum. The early field experiences and practicum must be in diversesettings and educational levels while under the supervision of a certified school nurse.III. ProfessionalismThe professional education program provides evidence that each School Nurse certification candidatedemonstrates knowledge of and competencies in promoting professionalism in school and communitysettings including:A. Professional journals, organizations and other sources of professional development7

B. Integrity and ethical behavior, professional conduct as stated in Pennsylvania’s Code of ProfessionalPractice and Conduct for Educators; and local, state, and federal laws and regulationsC. Collaboration with other professionalsD. Effective communication with parent/guardians, other agencies and the community at large tosupport learning by all studentsPennsylvania Department of Education (2017, December 21). School nurse. urse.pdfCERTIFICATION IN SCHOOL NURSE (PK-12) PROGRAMCURRICULUMCORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS:CREDIT HOURS:NURS 566 FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING EDUCATION3NURS 508 LEGAL MANDATED RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SCHOOL NURSE3NURS 509 SCHOOL NURSE AND THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD3NURS 530 SCHOOL NURSE CLINICAL PRACTICUM 100 HOUR FIELD EXPERIENCE3TOTAL CREDITS12Note: External Agencies have authority to impose new student standards for certification before astudent’s program of study is completed. Once a student has completed their M.Ed. they are no longereligible for financial aid to complete their certification. Students must carry 6 credits per semester to beeligible for financial aid.The initial certificate, Level I, is valid for a specific number of service years, during which time youmust complete established requirements. Upon completion of those requirements, the Level I may beconverted to a Level II certificate. If not converted, the Level I lapses. You cannot be employed in aPennsylvania public school with a lapsed spxCSN COURSE DESCRIPTIONSNURS 566- Foundations of Nursing EducationIn this course, students will explore how people learn and how best to facilitate knowledge, information,and skills development. Relevant theories and determinants of learning are presented for students toresearch, discuss, and employ. Attention is given to the ethical and legal rights and responsibilities ofnurses, educators, and learners. 3 credits.NURS509 - School Nurse and the Exceptional Child8

This course is designed to give an awareness of the uniqueness of the role of the school nurse in meetingthe needs of children with handicapping, chronic, and emotional conditions, as well as those studentswith developmental disabilities who are served under IDEA and other related legislation. The course isstructured to prepare school nurses to function effectively on interdisciplinary, crisis intervention andindividual education planning teams. Online 3 Credits. Spring, Summer II and Fall only.NURS508 - Legal Mandates of the School NurseLegal and Mandated responsibilities of the School Nurse is designed to introduce to the new orprospective school nurse the fundamentals of U.S. law and how these laws affect educational change aswell as the legal issues that specifically affect the certified school nurse. Emphasis will be placed on theschool nurse's responsibility to enhance the student's ability to learn, and to appraise, protect, andpromote the health of students and school personnel. The course will explore current legal issues inschool health. Online 3 Credits. Spring and Fall only.NURS530 - School Nurse Clinical PracticumThis course is designed for prospective school nurses. The focus is to acquaint the student with the roleof the nurse as a member of the educational community. Emphasis is placed on the assessment,implementation and evaluation of the health care needs of the school aged population. It is structured toprovide a forum for lecture and discussion as well as supervised field experience for the student toobserve and participate in health care delivery in the school setting. The practicum consists of 100 hoursof clinical experience which must be completed during the semester the student is enrolled in the course.The clinical experience should be divided equally among elementary, middle and high schools with atleast one component involving children with special needs. Required documents must be submittedbefore a student can begin the practicum. Students must have completed two of the four required coursesbefore enrolling in NUR 530. Online 3 Credits. Spring and Fall only.General Information on NUR 530 School Nurse Clinical PracticumPlease take time and thoroughly read the information in regards to obtaining the state required 100hour practicum. Eastern's CSN program is an investment in your education, as well as your time andfinances. We ask that you clearly understand what expectations may be required of you during yourpracticum semester. Though a student will sign a criminal background waiver at time of admission, a complete criminalbackground check, Child Abuse Check and FBI fingerprinting are required before beginning thepracticum. Students with a positive criminal history must be aware that they may not be able to findpracticum placement. Even if a practicum placement is secured and completed, the Pennsylvania Department of Education(PDE) still may not certify the student after a review of “good moral character”. It is in the student’sbest interest to consider this information and to take action to address any clearance issues now as to notincur financial course debt that results in no certification. The NUR 530 course includes a 100-hour practicum (30 elementary, 30 middle school, 30 high schooland 10 Special Ed) that must be completed during the semester the student is registered for NURS 530. The hours must be done in a Pennsylvania school district under the mentorship of a Pennsylvaniacertified school nurse (CSN). A Level II CSN with at least 3 years’ experience is preferred.9

PA school nurse certification is only valid in PA. School nursing services are governed on the statelevel and are, therefore, subject to state requirements. Many states have specific and/or unique statecertification or licensing requirements related to additional preparation beyond RN licensing and/orundergraduate educational degrees. Please check with the National Association of School Nurses(NASN) affiliate in your area or your state school nurse consultant for specifics related to staterequirements (NASN, 2018). Hours cannot be "grandfathered" in per the state and may only begin to accrue during the dates of thesemester registered for NUR 530. A school district administrator must sign an Affiliation Agreement with Eastern University allowingyou to participate in a practicum in their district. If you are currently employed as an RN in a district, your employing district must still sign anAffiliation Agreement with Eastern University allowing you to participate in a practicum duringemployment. The district has the right to determine how they will allow you to accrue your hours as astudent and employee. They have the right to develop their own rules and regulations on howemployees will obtain practicum hours. Regardless of employment status, you will need to have a CSN mentor to oversee your hours. A LevelII CSN with at least 3 years’ experience is preferred. It is the student's responsibility to identify a CSNmentor within their district of employment. Students who are subbing/employed/emergency certified by a district may count their working hourstowards their 100-hour clinical goal as long as the CSN mentor and district approves the hours and maybegin to accrue hours again only during the semester registered. You need to work with your mentor tobe sure you meet all hours on all K-12 levels while employed. Students will not need to have a CSN with them 24/7 during the practicum, however, thementor/district must be in agreement to oversee the worked practicum hours, and help them to meet thepracticum requirements of understanding 504s, IEPs etc. and assist in completing the required stateclinical logs as well as a mentor final evaluation. The student will need to work out the hours with theCSN mentor. All required practicum documents are needed, even if you are employed by the district you are doingthe practicum, as you are viewed as an Eastern University student and not a district employee in the eyesof the state (PDE or Pennsylvania Department of Education).: Required documents include: a valid PA RN license, valid PA Department of Health (PADOH) approved CPR/BLS certification, Tuberculosis screening, personal liabilityinsurance of 1,000,000 minimum per claim, personal health insurance, HIPPA/FERPAconfidentiality statement, Acknowledgment of School Health Programs Handbook, aswell as the Affiliation Agreement. All background checks (PA Criminal Record, PA Child Abuse and FBI FingerprintClearance) will be required and submitted to Castle Branch, records monitoring agency,for an additional fee as noted in the course catalog and handbook.10

Students who do not submit the required documents by the required dates of either July 15th (Fallpracticum) or December 15th (Spring practicum) will need to drop the course and enroll when thecourse is next available. It is highly suggested that you look into setting up your practicum now with the district of your choiceor within the district you are employed. Once the required courses are satisfactorily completed, you will apply for your certification via thePennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for PK-12 School Nurse. The current application fee is 200 and subject to change. As noted, Eastern's CSN program is an investment in your education, as well as your time and finances.We ask that you clearly understand what expectations may be required of you during your practicumsemester, especially if you are already employed as an RN in a school district.Please refer to Appendices A-F on pages 33-44 for additional information and required documentsfor NUR 530 The School Nurse Practicum.11

SCHOOL HEALTH SUPERVISOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAMLEARNING OUTCOMESUpon Successful completion of the courses required for certification the student will be eligible to takethe Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision and apply for a supervisor certificationthrough the PA Department of Education.LEARNING OBJECTIVES1. Model the many role of School Health Supervisor in professional staff development and withthe school interdisciplinary team2. Demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of the School Health Supervisor innegotiating and managing personnel conflicts3. Communicate effectively with parents/guardians, other agencies and the community at largeto support the health and learning of all students4. Model integrity and ethical behavior, professional conduct as stated in PA Code of ProfessionalPractice and Conduct for Educators5. Demonstrate the ability to design and plan a school health programCURRICULUMSchool Health Supervisor Certification:EDUC 607 Supervision of InstructionNUR 608 Seminar for Supervisors (60 hours field experience)EDUC 623 Curriculum DesignEDUC 624 School LawEDUC 635 Research DesignNUR 614 Practicum for Supervisors (300 hours field experience) NUR 608prerequisite33333318 CREDITSSchool Health Supervisors must pass the Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision Testcode 5411 to be eligible for supervisory certificationExternal Agencies has authority to impose new standards for certification before a student's program ofstudy is completed.Please see p.21 for additional requirements to be eligible for school health supervisory certification inPA.This program will begin as a cohort each Fall semester and only if adequate enrollment.12

SCHOOL HEALTH SUPERVISOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAMCOURSE DESCRIPTIONSEDUC 607 - Supervision of InstructionThis course examines the concepts of supervision of instruction and personnel. Through lecture,discussion, and group activities, the student is introduced to the various models of supervision needed toimprove a program through observation, communication of needs, conferencing, and providing inservice training. Students will be expected to write and relate several assignments. Online. 3 credits. Fallonly.EDUC 623 Curriculum DesignThe major purpose of the course is to explore the principles and procedures of curriculum developmentand management along with special topics like auditing, alignment, and evaluation. Technical issues,trends, future directions, and curriculum designed for special needs will be included. Social,psychological, and philosophical foundations will be discussed. Online. 3 credits. Spring only.EDUC 624 - School LawThis course presents school law as it relates to agency control and structure, school organizations andtheir policies and procedures, school personnel and student rights. Implications of legal mandates, legalissues for public versus private schools and special needs students will be covered. Online. 3 credits.Summer I only.EDUC 635 Research DesignThis graduate level course is designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts and methods ofdescriptive and inferential statistics as they apply to educational research. These fundamental statisticsconcepts include sampling, experimentation, variability, distribution, association, causation, estimation,confidence, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation, and t-tests. The course is also designed tointroduce students to the knowledge base, processes, experiences, and skills involved in designing andconducting research studies in education and the social sciences. The course will provide a survey ofquantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods, as well as opportunities for students to criticallyexamine educational research studies in general and language research studies in specific, employing avariety of such methods. Students will apply course content toward the conceptualization andcompletion of an empirical study on a selected topic. The course is designed as a laboratory experience,using multiple techniques and strategies of instruction. Students are expected to engage in extensivereading, research, class discussion, written reflection, and self-evaluation through dialogue, groupprojects, and field work. Online. 3 credits. Spring and Fall only. Possibly Summer II.NUR 608 - Seminar for SupervisorsThis organizational management seminar was developed to aid the student in analyzing the role of thesupervisor. The factors which affect organizational management and the school environment as well asworking relationships will be discussed. State and local law and the function of the school board inpolicy determination which will affect the school program will be discussed. Students will have theopportunity to design a school program along with the staff development and the budget processnecessary to support that instructional program. Field experience - 60 hours. Online. 3 credits. Fall only.13

NUR 614 - Practicum for Supervisors (NUR 608 prerequisite)The student will spend a minimum of 300 hours working with a certificated supervisor under thesupervision of a faculty member from Eastern University. A prescribed number of course assignmentsmust be completed which include but are not limited to activities in program development, school nurseservice improvement, policy determination, staff development, budgeting, and role analysis and programevaluation. Field experience - 300 hours. Online. 3 credits. Spring only.14

MASTER OF EDUCATIONSCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES PROGRAMLEARNING OUTCOMESThe Master of Education in School Health Services prepares the bachelor prepared/RN professional tofunction effectively in settings in which children and youth are served. Graduates of the program areprepared to be outstanding health professionals who are committed to meeting the needs of a diversepopulation and to their holistic development. This MEd program has two tracks.MEd PROGRAM TRACKS: School Health Supervisor Certification School Nurse Certification.LEARNING OBJECTIVES1. Identify the ministry of school nursing, including cultural diversity considerations.2. Apply the standards of care and legal/ethical issues to school nurse practice. Promotes theimplications for establishing an environment that fosters engagement and motivation inhealth education.3. Promotes the impact of a healthy environment on student wellness4. Identify national and international health initiatives that affect public health.5. Apply to nursing practice an ethical framework that incorporates a Christian world view,moral concepts, professional ethics, law, and respects diverse values and beliefs.6. Develop personal goals for continued professional development, self-care, and lifelonglearning.15

M.Ed. IN SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICESvia SCHOOL HEALTH SUPERVISOR CERTIFICATION TRACKCURRICULUMM.Ed. in School Health Services with the School Health Supervisor certification track requires thefollowing course work for a total of 30 credits, 18 of which are specific for the School HealthSupervisor certification. All courses are online. NUR 566 Foundations of Nursing Education HSCI 560 Community and Environmental Health- runs in Fall only HSCI 601World Health Issues- runs in Summer I only One three credit graduate course (EDU 501 or higher)School Health Supervisor Concentration: Please see p. 15 for additional requirements to be eligiblefor school health supervisory certification in PA. EDUC 607 Introduction to Supervision- runs in Fall only NUR 608 Seminar for the Supervisor: School Nurse (60-hour field experience)- runs in Fall only NUR 614 Practicum for the Supervisor: School Nurse (300-hour field experience)-runs in Springonly EDUC 623 Curriculum Design- runs in Spring only EDUC 624 School Law –runs in Summer I only EDUC 635 Research Design-Spring and Fall only, possibly Summer II16

M.Ed. SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICESvia SCHOOL NURSE CERTIFICATION TRACKCURRICULUMM.Ed. in School Health Services with the School Nurse certification track requires the followingcourse work. Regardless of the chosen area of concentration, all students in this degree program takethe following four core courses plus two electives, as shown, for a total of 18 credits. All courses areonline. EDUC 635 Research Design- runs in Spring and Fall only HSCI 560 Community and Environment Health-runs in Fall only HSCI 601 World Health Issues-runs in Summer I only HSCI 515 Curriculum and Health Education in Diverse Populations-runs in Spring only Two gr

statements of the School of Nursing. Art and Science of Professional Nursing Ephesians 4:32 - “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (ESV) Nursing is an art and a science. As an art, nurses serve human needs wit