Area school nurses attend workshop
by James Phillips
Aug 08, 2010 | 1321 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A standing-room-only crowd of school nurses from across the state of Alabama gathered at Dawson Memorial Church for a professional development workshop last week.

Three nurses from the Walker County Board of Education were among the nearly 200 nurses from Alabama elementary, intermediate, middle and high schools in 30 different counties who attended the day-long event presented by Children’s Hospital’s Comprehensive Health Education Center for Kids (CHECK Center).

“All three of our nurses that went to the workshop said it was one of the better ones they’ve attended,” said Margaret Guthrie, health services coordinator for Walker County Schools.

Back–to-back sessions presented the latest treatment protocols for pediatric health issues the nurses are likely to encounter in their student populations, including asthma, diabetes, seizures, child abuse and common emergencies. All the sessions were conducted by physicians, nurses and social workers who are experts in their respective fields of pediatrics.

“This conference was especially beneficial to us as school nurses because it featured topics that were specific to school nursing,” said Stacy Aaron, a staff nurse with the Walker County Board of Education.

Aaron said a highlight of the day was the opportunity to apply the knowledge they learned from the educational sessions to respond to a mock emergency situation using the Children’s Hospital Simulation Center’s high-tech, computerized life-size mannequins.

Organizers of the conference said topics were planned in response to results of a survey sent to more than 500 nurses that asked for suggestions and common concerns. Workshop presenters represented a combined 200 years of experience in pediatric health and wellbeing.

“Evaluations completed by the school nurses attending the workshop expressed that the offering was invaluable and that the presenters offered information that would greatly influence the care of their children at school,” said organizer Ginger Parsons, RN, who serves as an educator through the CHECK Center.