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Penn State Expands Professional Development Program for School Nurses

4/30/2009 —

Summer courses are available in condensed format at 15 locations statewide and online to help these professionals gain new knowledge and improve skills


School nurses in Pennsylvania now have even more options to receive valuable training with Penn State Lehigh Valley’s Professional Development Program for School Nurses, beginning June 22. Penn State continues to develop new courses for the program, to include timely, relevant topics, such as healthy lifestyles for children and adolescents, drug abuse prevention, new medications, and helping students deal with crisis. Now with 15 locations across the state and online course options, the program also offers school nurses more places than ever to participate.


Program courses are offered each summer and are delivered in condensed formats—designed to minimize impact on summer vacation plans. Participants can earn up to six credits within a two-week period.


The following course can be taken this summer at Penn State Lehigh Valley:  Perspectives in Population Based Health, June 22-26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. This course examines theories and strategies for promoting health in community aggregates with emphasis on vulnerable and underserved populations of diverse backgrounds.

These courses for School Nurses can help satisfy Act 48 or Act 58 requirements, and some courses also may be applicable toward a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or other Penn State School of Nursing programs. Registered Nurses may also use these courses to satisfy new Act 58 requirements.


The Professional Development Program for School Nurses is supported by Penn State’s School of Nursing and the Office of Continuing and Professional Education. More information can be found online at www.outreach.psu.edu/cape/SchoolNurse, or by calling Diane Lewis McAloon at 610-285-5066.

Penn State Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) delivers professional development and continuing education programs to adult learners at locations across Pennsylvania. CAPE uses Penn State’s network of 24 campuses and the University’s academic colleges to offer degrees and programs for adult learners in a wide range of fields, including business, education, engineering/technology, health, and justice/government. For information, visit www.outreach.psu.edu/cape/. Penn State Continuing and Professional Education is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 80 countries worldwide.

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