School Nurse Education

  • Credits: 32
  • Degree:
    Master of Education

Program Description

Summer Institutes Format

This program is offered through the Cambridge College Summer Institutes format which is comprised of 2 short, intensive summer residencies in Boston, Massachusetts and online courses throughout the non-summer months. For more information on this unique format, please see the Summer Institutes overview.

About the School Nurse Program

Inspired by increased responsibilities of school nurses in the past decade, our M.Ed. in School Nurse Education strengthens the knowledge of school nurse professionals. The curriculum focuses on nursing processes with school age children, management and evaluation of school health programs, leadership skills, research in the field, and legal and ethical issues in this unique nursing specialty. The program builds upon the standards of the National Association of School Nurses and reflects competency requirements outlined by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Learning Outcomes

Students will discover their learning style and strengths, becoming lifelong learners. They will make sense of previous experiences and build on them to integrate new information, skills, and attitudes. They will gain competencies in research and analysis, and understanding of evidence-based health program outcomes, practice protocols and policies. They will serve more effectively as nurses and educators of children and adults from diverse backgrounds with diverse needs, creating learning environments and presentations. They will have a network of relationships with fellow learners, Cambridge College faculty, and the faculty of their own schools, a ready resource for their career growth in collaborative school health leadership.

Careers

Graduates will grow in confidence and competence in their professional role as an expert school health manager and leader in each of their school systems. They are encouraged to publish in professional journals, present at local and national conferences for educators and school nurses, develop and initiate new policies/health care protocols within their school districts, mentor new school nurse hires, and apply for and advance into formal leadership roles.

Program Chair

Patricia Johnson
patricia.johnson@go.cambridgecollege.edu

Curriculum


Professional Seminar and Project
8
Credits
Professional Seminar I: School Nurse Education
ESN 691 2 credit(s)
Professional Seminar I (PSI) establishes a learning community that addresses the problems of isolation of school nurses, as well as, identification of the future mission of the profession. This seminar provides the context in which a cohort of students can interpret their experiences and transform them into knowledge, constructs, skills, attitudes and values. The seminar is a developmental process challenging students’ existing philosophies and practices. The PSI is a model of support to students’ personal and professional lives, where current personal and professional growth issues are raised and discussed. Learning is facilitated in a supportive, risk-free environment. With guidance of the seminar leader, students will define and clarify the final project design of the independent learning project (ILP) and develop an action plan to ensure satisfactory completion.
Professional Seminar II: School Nurse Education
ESN 692 2 credit(s)
Professional Seminar II (PS2) is conducted entirely online. It requires students to have and apply a consistently strong work ethic and a determined action plan for progressing according to the submission deadline schedule requirements established and provided to them during PS I. During PS2, students will be required to extend their ILP topic research to complete their literature review (minimum of 10 pages) to include a minimum of 10-12 scholarly sources, and to write their reference page. They will also be required to finalize and compose their methodology and design and create the body (stand-alone intervention or initiative) of their ILP during the PS2.
Professional Seminar III: School Nurse Education
ESN 693 1 credit(s)
Professional Seminar III (PS III), in addition to allowing students to complete the remaining portions of the ILP, including the statement of learning/summary and conclusions, appendices, abstract and table of contents, will allow students to develop an assessment plan to use in evaluating the effectiveness of their projects. The assessment plan will specify the goals of the ILP project and establish reasonable and measurable evaluative criteria based on those goals. Students will also design a timetable for implementing their projects, along with identifying key stakeholders, those individuals who would be expected to lend support to the project and a rationale behind their motivation for such support. Students will also identify any barriers/blocks in the form of policies, regulations, people, current cultural standards/practices and traditions; and fiscal, time and space constraints, that need to be anticipated to ensure their ILPs’ success. Students will post their abstracts so that they can obtain feedback on their ILP projects from their nursing colleagues, allowing them to expand the impact of their projects beyond their own schools’ communities.
Independent Learning Project: School Nurse Education
ESN 800 3 credit(s)
The Independent Learning Project is a culminating learning experience that helps school nurse educators to integrate their personal and formal learning and their professional experiences into a meaningful whole. It articulates the individual’s educational and administrative philosophy. The project is research- and action-based, on a focused topic chosen by the school nurse educator. It engages the student in sustained research into educational practice and curriculum development.
School Nurse Courses
15
Credits
Principles, Process, and Practices of School Health Management
ESN 660 3 credit(s)
In this course, students will combine nursing theory and apply knowledge acquired in the practice setting. They will develop effective strategies using the nursing process to analyze the impact of significant medical, psychological, cultural and social problems on the population of school aged children. Consideration will be given to how the major cultural and societal issues affecting children impact the practice of nursing within the school practice setting. Students will engage in research from both a global and local perspective. Using the nursing process to define the issues, students will suggest effective short and long-term interventions, including public policy interventions to address these problems and devise an evaluation system that insures continued and progressive program improvement. In addition, students will become familiar with the eight major component categories of the Coordinated School Health Model and to recognize the importance of collaborating with professionals in other school service areas to provide effective and coordinated interventions aimed at individual children as well as the larger school population. The impact of school nursing services on student outcomes will be explored. Using the goals of “Healthy People 2020”, students will analyze the relationship between specific data in relationship to the 2020 goals and design a health promotion/health education program to address the needs of a specific student population. Emphasis will be placed on the leadership role of the nurse as she/he interacts with other professionals and political leaders within her/his community and on the state and national level.
Dealing with Grief & Loss: Role of Educators, Counselors, and Nurses
ESN 710 3 credit(s)
This course assists the professional school staff member in supporting students dealing with grief and loss. Course participants identify the issues that influence our society in dealing with grief and loss and recognize the physical, psychological, social and cultural manifestations of grief. Participants learn how our understanding of death and loss is influenced by developmental age, cultural and social factors. The course focuses on how issues of grief and loss are present in the school environment and explores approaches to help the students cope with loss in a variety of situations.
Legal Responsibilities & Ethical Issues for School Nurses
ESN 725 3 credit(s)
This course is an analysis of federal, state and municipal legal mandates which affect school health programs. It will include a review of professional standards and an examination of the ethics of care, advocacy, equity, confidentiality, responsibility, accountability, and other ethical issues, which affect the school health program, school children and their families, and the school nurse.
School Nurse Leadership in the School & Community
ESN 780 3 credit(s)
Overview of the professional roles of the school nurse. Introduction to leadership theory, process and outcomes with special emphasis on critical thinking, decision-making, and change. Examination of interdisciplinary initiatives within the school and community. Introduction to the National Association of School Nurses and state associations.
Evaluation of School Health Programs
EHE 711 3 credit(s)
The evaluation of school health programs involves a comprehensive examination of the strengths and needs of a program and a design to address each. This course presents the theory and practice of program evaluation with an emphasis on coordinated school health design, implementation, diagnosis, and action plans.
Electives
9
Credits

Electives must be in health, family & consumer sciences, instructional technology, counseling psychology, school guidance, special education, or teaching skills and methodologies. If courses in these areas are not available, other courses in educaton may be taken as electives with program chair’s approval.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor

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Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    Passing grade on TOEFL (English language proficiency test) is required for international students.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

Program Requirements

Applicants must have Registered Nursing License (RN) and submit the completed RN License Requirement Form and be prepared to show license to the program chairperson when class begins.

 

General Requirements

Official Transcript
Two Completed Recommendation Forms
Current Résumé

Personal Statement

Learn more about General Requirements 

State Requirements

College students are required to comply with state laws regarding individual health insurance and immunization. Compliance requirements currently exist for students in Massachusetts, Virginia and Tennessee. Learn more

International Students – Additional Requirements

International Students will need to complete supplemental documentation when applying. International transcripts must also be translated prior to submission in order to be evaluated for applicability. Learn more about international student requirements.

Transfer Credit Request Form

Only needed if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer credit. Learn more about transferring credits.

 

Tuition

  • Credits:
    32
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $485
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)
  • Graduation Fee:
    $110 (charged in last term)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $1,497 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of September 2013, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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