Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education 2021 Arkansas Back to School Nurse Professional Development (VIRTUAL)

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Learning Services
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Act 1089 of 2021
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Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster)

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2021 Arkansas Back to School Nurse Professional Development (VIRTUAL)

When: August 12th, 2021

Time: 9:00 am to 12:40pm

According to Act 1089 of 2021, each school district is required to have at least one licensed registered nurse (employed or contracted) attend an annual professional development session provided by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) related to Arkansas school nursing mandates and practices. The 2021 Arkansas Back to School Nurse Professional Development session will provide information on childhood immunizations and COVID-19 vaccines for children and adults, school nursing 2021 legislation, 2020-2021 school health survey data report, and school nursing tools to support building resiliency among students and staff.  See the attached agenda for additional details.

This session offers licensed nurses accredited continuing professional development by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) according to the following official accreditation standards and disclaimer statement:

Provider Approval Statement: Arkansas Department of Health is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The planning committee & faculty attest that no relevant financial, professional, or personal conflict of interest exists, nor was sponsorship of commercial support obtained, in the preparation or presentation of this educational activity.

This continuing professional development activity is jointly provided by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE).

Completion Requirements: Participants must attend the entire virtual session and ensure the ADE/ADH is able to verify each participant attended the full duration of the event.  For participants attending in GROUPS OF TWO OR MORE, each group must also register the group directly with the Co-op Community Health Nurse Specialist (CHNS) prior to the day of the event to receive the TRAIN sign-in sheet for the group. NO EXCEPTIONS ALLOWED.

Participants are required to complete the post assessment evaluation within 7 days of attending the course in  If the evaluation is not completed, the participant will be withdrawn from the course and will NOT receive nursing contact hours.

3.25 Contact Hours will be awarded

Participant should use the following link to register:

To receive contact hours for nursing continuing professional development, register on the TRAIN platform:

Session ID: 1098415

For questions regarding to this memo, please contact Cheria McDonald, State School Nurse Consultant, at 501-683-3586 or .

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