Professional Learning for School Nurses

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The Coordinated School Health team provides resources and opportunities for nurses in the field to develop their skills and continue learning through events, webinars, and online learning. Links to organizations and resources are for reference and information only and do not imply endorsement by the Maine Department of Education.

School Health Professional Learning

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This activity approved by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit for approval to award contact hours.
The Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit is an accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
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Lodging Information

Individuals can make reservations for overnight accommodations at Bartlett Hall, which features suite-style living. The suites sleep 5 to 7 people and have four or 5 double or single rooms, with 2 full bathrooms per suite. Each suite is air-conditioned, and each floor has a lounge with a kitchenette, computers, a TV, and couches. Individuals make their own reservations directly with Thomas College. To make reservations at Thomas College: Call 207-859-1211 to request a room for School Nurse Summer Institute 2024.  

These rooms do not have bedding, but you can bring your own or get "disposable" linen- like bedding for an additional cost.

Rooms will be $40 per night plus tax. The breakdown of linen costs is as follows: 

  • Sheet Set: Includes Fitted Sheet, Flat Sheet, and Pillowcase - $16.25 
  • Blanket: $17.35 
  • 1 Hand Towel, 2 Bath Towel, and 2 Face Cloths: $7.00 


We have a limited amount of scholarship reimbursements available for housing at Thomas College. Those that have been awarded have been notified. 


 New School Nurse Orientation 2024

If you have hired or will be hiring a new nurse for your school over the summer? Be sure to include this workshop in their new hire work plan. The Maine Department of Education’s New School Nurse Orientation is a specialized program, designed to help nurses transition into the unique specialty of school nursing. 

This one-day event will be followed up with a monthly virtual Community of Practice for continued learning, connection, and support.  

For more information reach out to Emily Poland at

Resource Description
National Association of School Nurses Learning Center A vast library of training and resources created by and for school nurses.
Mental Health Training Interventions for Healthcare Professionals in Schools An innovative in-service training and implementation support system for school health providers aimed at enhancing their competence in managing the needs of students with or at risk for emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with learning created by the University of Maryland, School of Medicine.
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS): Developing Emergency Operations Plans (EOP) 101 for K-12 Schools A high-quality school EOP is adequate, feasible, acceptable, complete, and compliant with state and local requirements. To ensure that EOPs meet these criteria, school planning teams must work collaboratively to determine EOP goals and objectives. School nurses should have a solid understanding of emergency planning.
REMS: Emergency Operations Planning: Infectious Disease This course has been designed to help you learn how to incorporate infectious disease planning into a school EOP. 
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free of charge to those who qualify for enrollment. The suggested starting course for school nurses is IS.100.C Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100.
Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Adverse childhood experiences—commonly known as ACEs, affect children and families across all communities. We all play a role in prevention. These trainings will help you understand, recognize, and prevent ACES.    
CDC Train A comprehensive catalog of public health training 
Northeastern University School Health Academy School nursing professional development opportunities 
Classroom WISE

Classroom WISE is a FREE 3-part training package that assists K-12 educators and school staff in supporting the mental health of students in the classroom. Developed by the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health, this package offers evidence-based strategies and skills to engage and support students experiencing adversity and distress. In addition to a free online course on mental health literacy for educators and school staff, a video library and resource collection are also available! 

Maine DHHS Mandated Reporter Training Mandated Reporters are a critical part of Maine's Child protection system and act as an early warning network to promptly identify suspected child abuse and neglect to avoid serious and long-term damage to a child.
Exploring School Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice

Created by the National Association of State School Nurse Consultants, this module provides the school nurse with an overview of the 4th Edition of the School Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. The module discusses how the scope and standards can be used to guide and evaluate the school nurse’s practice and assist them in developing learning and practice goals. Complete this form for information on how to access this course.  



Nursing Assessment Refresher Training




Emily Poland, MPH, RN, NCSN 
School Nurse Consultant
Coordinated School Health Team Leader