Seattle Course #10- The Role of the School Nurse in Special Education

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Wednesday- March 7, 2018      8:00am-4:00pm

Course #10 -The Role of the School Nurse in Special Education: Assessments, IEPs, Advocacy, and Resilience

by Annie Hetzel, MSN, RN, and Kim Beeson, MSW, Puget Sound ESD

About the Speakers

Kimberly Beeson, MSW, is currently the Director of Student Support Programs in Puget Sound Education- al Service District’s Learning, Teaching, and Family Support Department. In this capacity, Kimberly manages multiple grants and ventures involving school safety, student assistance related to substance abuse preven- tion and intervention, mental health, school nursing, and school drop-out prevention. Kimberly has worked in substance abuse prevention and intervention for 29 years. In 1984, Kimberly received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington. Disclosures: Financial- Kim is employed by Puget Sound ESD. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.






Annie Hetzel, MSN, RN is a registered nurse with 27 years experience in hospital, home care, and school nurs- ing. As a school nurse, she took an active role in special education and 504 teams at the elementary, high school and 18-21 transition program levels. Annie earned a master’s in Nursing Education from WGU in 2014. As an Area Representative for the King County region, she serves on the board for the School Nurse Organization of Washing- ton. She joined the Puget Sound ESD in 2015 as School Nurse Corps Administrator. In that role, she oversees the School Nurse Corps grant to Class II rural districts and provides consultative support and professional development to area school health services, administrators, and families. She is a Youth Suicide Prevention Program Networks for Life trainer and has also presented on Adverse Childhood Experiences as well as numerous school health topics. Her interests include a passion for issues of equity and the importance of access to quality education. Disclosures: Financial- Annie is employed by Puget Sound ESD. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Target Audience (who should attend):  School Nurses, School Counselors, School Psychologists, and Principals/Administrators

Target Age Range: Birth through 21 years

Course Description:  

The first half of this course will provide an overview of the special education process for determining eligibility, legal considerations, and the unique contributions of the school nurse. We will provide strate- gies for assessing health related barriers to learning and examine the ways in which a school nurse may advocate for students within the context of the special education team, tips for writing Health-related present levels of per- formance and IEP goals with real-life examples to apply in the school setting, and resources for advocating for your students. We will also cover strategies for communicating with parents and the special education team. In the sec- ond part of the day, we will discuss resilience in the face of secondary trauma and a high-demand profession. You will learn how to recognize signs, symptoms, and the impact of stress on your professional and personal life. We will guide you in identifying strategies for increasing your personal and professional resilience while improving your ability to mitigate adverse childhood experiences for students with a trauma-informed approach.

 What You Will Learn
Course Objectives– Participants will be able to:

• List two major components of special education law
• Outline the process for identifying students eligible for special education services
• Explain the importance of the health assessment in identifying eligible students
• Identify at least two potential reasons for writing a health related IEP goal
• Describe the impact of ACES on adult health outcomes Name three signs of burnout and vicarious trauma Describe a plan for increasing resilience
• List two components of a trauma-informed approach