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Health Department Offers Training For School Nurses In What Diseases They Must Report

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Department of Health (VIDOH) said it is “pleased” to offer the 2018 Disease Reporting Requirements training for School Nurses & Administrators.

As we develop best practices for disease surveillance in the territory, it is important to maintain engagement and readiness with our key community healthcare stakeholders.

If you are a district nursing coordinator, school or college nurse or an appointed school administrator in an institution that has no on-site nurse, this training is for you.

The practice of school nursing is a challenging nurse specialty. School nurses care for thousands of children with various health issues, in a setting often separated from other health care professionals. They have the skillset and the insight needed to detect potential health problems among students as a group or to determine the individual health needs of students. These nursing skills are critically important during public health crises, including vaccine preventable disease cases and outbreaks.

Trainings will be held on April 11th and 12th at the following locations:

St Thomas/St John: Wednesday, April 11th, from 8am-12pm @ Schneider Regional Medical Center’s Education Institute on the 5th floor

St Croix: Thursday, April 12th, from 8am-12pm @ Charles Harwood Complex, 1st floor, Room 1016

Learning Objectives:

· To understand the rationale for systematically monitoring trends in health, disease and the determinants of health.

· To rapidly detect unusual events, cases, or outbreaks in the school setting and how to appropriately report them to the VIDOH.

· To increase understanding of appropriate responses to infections in coordination with the VIDOH and access official guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

· To protect student health by promoting and enforcing immunization requirements for school enrollment and collaborate with the Immunization Program to facilitate immunization access to uninsured children.

· To increase the understanding of the CDC immunization requirements as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ICIP-CDC) and the VIDOH.

· To increase understanding on how to read immunization cards and navigate local requirements.

Continuing education units (CEU)s are available through University of the Virgin Islands’ Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) with a cost of $25 per person for the 4h workshop, cash or check payable to UVICELL on the day of training. VIDOH is currently working with the Nursing Board to facilitate CNEs for nurses.

RSVP or pre-register before April 10th, 2018 by contacting Dr. Irene Guendel at (340) 774-7477 Ext. 5646 or .

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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