School Nurse Web Series

School Nurse Professional Development Web Series

Highmark Foundation, in collaboration with Penn State PRO Wellness, is pleased to offer no-cost, pre-recorded professional development opportunities for school nurses, which will provide ACT 48 and 58 credits.

Addressing Community Health in Schools

This collaboration will offer five pre-recorded, professional development trainings for school nurses throughout Pennsylvania. The School Nurse Professional Development Web Series will utilize physician experts from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Allegheny Health Network to address select priority topics identified by school nurses and while providing them with ACT 48 and 58 continuing education credits.

Important Notice

 The PA Department of Health Learning Management System has transitioned to a new learning management system. At this time we are unable to provide access to ACT 48/58 credit hours.

Web series topics will include:

Topic One: Dermatology - Rashes: Is it contagious? - NOW AVAILABLE

Featuring Nathan P. Oxenford, CRNP, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

This webinar identifies common rashes found in school-aged children such as bacterial, viral, fungal, infestations/infections; covers expected clinical course and appropriate treatment options, and implications of each rash as it relates to school attendance.

Topic Two: Mental Health - Depression, Anxiety and Medications - NOW AVAILABLE

Featuring Lidija Petrovic-Dovat, MD, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

This webinar provides a review of evidence-based treatments for depression, as well as a review of diagnosis and evidence-based treatments of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.

Topic Three: Diabetes - Management of Childhood Diabetes in School - NOW AVAILABLE

Featuring Margaret D’Arcangelo, MD, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

This webinar delivers information on insulin management (injections and pumps), hypoglycemia, sick days/ketones, and suggested meal and exercise plans.

Topic Four: Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis - NOW AVAILABLE

Featuring Deborah Gentile, MD, Allegheny Health Network

This webinar delivers an overview on asthma and allergic rhinitis to include signs, symptoms, types and treatments. Hear about exciting new and emerging treatment options for both asthma and allergic rhinitis, as well as how appropriate treatment can lead to better school/work attendance and performance as well as involvement in physical activity.

Topic Five: Food Allergies - NOW AVAILABLE

Featuring Deborah Gentile, MD, Allegheny Health Network

This webinar aims to summarize food allergy prevalence, triggers and definition, and covers recognizing symptoms and reviewing treatment of anaphylaxis, preparing an Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan; exploring emotional impact of food allergy, setting priorities for managing food allergies, understanding recommendations for reducing risks of exposure, and translating guidelines into practice.

Learning Management System

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Highmark Foundation GrantThese web series is sponsored by the Highmark Foundation. The Highmark Foundation is a private, charitable organization of Highmark, Inc. that supports initiatives and programs aimed at improving community health. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the health, well-being and quality of life for individuals who reside in the communities served by Highmark, Inc. The Foundation strives to support evidence-based programs that impact multiple counties and work collaboratively to leverage additional funding to achieve replicable models. For more information, visit