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Managing Students with Seizures: The Importance of School Nurses

Managing Students with Seizures

CDC Course No. RPWD 2924

Managing Students with Seizures: The Importance of School Nurses is a program designed to provide the school nurse with information, strategies, and resources that will enable him/her to better manage the student with seizures by supporting positive treatment outcomes, maximizing educational and developmental opportunities, and ensuring a safe and supportive environment.

Course modules include:

  • Seizures and Epilepsy: What are they and how are they treated?
  • Impact of Seizures
  • Seizure First Aid and Rescue Therapies
  • Seizure Action Plans and Delegation Issues.

By completing the course, Managing Students with Seizures, participants will be able to:

  • Identify 2 of the most common seizure types in students with epilepsy, potential triggers, and risk factors for seizures and emergencies.
  • Identify 3 ways in which treatment of epilepsy may affect a student’s health, safety or learning.
  • Apply 2 strategies to alleviate psychosocial challenges relating to epilepsy for students, parents, and school personnel.
  • List 3 first aid steps in helping a student during and after a seizure.
  • Create a Seizure Action Plan for a student with epilepsy using safe practices for medication administration and delegation.

How can school nurses access this training?

Start Online Course Here

Questions & Answers

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Who can take the course?

The course is intended for school nurses, but anyone can take the course to learn about epilepsy, including:

  • Registered nurses
  • Licensed, Practical/Vocational Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Medical Students
  • Nurse Technicians
  • Medical Assistants
  • CHES Health Educators
  • Other Health Educators

Are there any prerequisites to take the course?

There are no prerequisites to take the course.

How long does it take to complete the course?

Time to complete the course varies by each user. There are four required modules in the training, which takes approximately 2 hours 15 minutes to complete.

What materials or equipment do I need to take the course?

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How do I get credit for taking the course?

Upon completing the course, you must complete the online post-assessment and evaluation to receive a certificate of completion. 

How long is the post-test?

The post-test consists of several multiple choice questions

Course Contact Information

Accommodation Requests

The Epilepsy Foundation is committed to providing resources that are accessible to people of all abilities.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact the Programs and Services Team at programs@efa.org.

Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

Acknowledgments/Disclaimers

This program is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award under cooperative agreement number NU58DP006256-02-00, CFDA 93.850, funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Are continuing education units available?

Continuing education units are available for the Live Instructor-Led Trainings: Seizure Training for School Nurses: Caring for Students Click the link to see dates for upcoming courses.

Seizure Training for School Nurses: Caring for Students
This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Accreditation Period: April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2022
Total number of nursing contact hours awarded for this educational activity: 2.75

Continuing Education Instructions
A certificate of completion is awarded to a participant who successfully completes the requirements for this training. The certification of completion includes information nurses need to report nursing contact hours to their state board of nursing or another state-related agency. 

For technical support contact, please contact:

Online Course Support Team
E-mail: LMS_Helpdesk@efa.org
Phone: 847-348-0373
Business hours: 9am to 5pm EST
Monday to Friday (Excluding US holidays)

For additional information or questions, please contact the Epilepsy Foundation Public Health and Education Team: programs@efa.org

Authored Date: 
10/2013
Reviewed By: 
LaQueisa Haynes-Smith MS, MCHES
on: 
Wednesday, December 11, 2019