The School Nurse Induction Program

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Overview

The School Nurse Induction Program is offered to school nurses who have practiced in Pennsylvania for 0-6 years.  Completing a state approved induction program is one of three requirements necessary to convert an Educational Specialist Level I certificate to an Educational Specialist II certificate in the state of Pennsylvania.  Two additional requirements include 3 years of school nursing experience in Pennsylvania and 24 post-baccalaureate credits. Once Induction is complete, school nurses will receive 1 credit from the Pennsylvania Department of Education PDE, which is equivalent to 30 Act 48 hours. For more information about certification, please contact compliance@philasd.org.

Program Components

The program is made up of two components. During class time, participants will explore the unique role of school nurses as members of the school community and a student’s health care team and acquire healthcare information specific to the school age child, skill development related to health screening implementations and techniques to successfully manage a health room.  In addition, nurses will develop a professional portfolio of independent work on topics individualized to their position. This portfolio will be evaluated by a nurse mentor who will also provide the mentee with guidance related to school nurse roles and responsibilities. All portfolios will be shared with mentors and fellow program participants in a culminating event at the end of the year.

Hours of Participation

Participants engage in 15 hours of in-person learning and 15 hours of independent portfolio work for a total of 30 hours. Attendance is required at all sessions to obtain full credit. Partial credit will not be provided.

Nurse Induction Class Calendar

*All sessions must be attended to receive credit.

Date Location Time Duration
Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 Virtual 4-8pm 4 hours
Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 Virtual 9-1pm 4 hours
Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 Virtual 4-8pm 4 hours
Saturday, March 13th, 2021 Virtual 9-12pm 3 hours

**To sign-up for the sessions or for more information please email studenthealth@philasd.org