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School Nurse Memo

Julia Groom  | Published on 4/2/2019

LEARNS Project

Lions Empowering and Aiding Regional Nurses in Schools Pilot

Application for participating in the LEARNS joint project with the Virginia Diabetes Council Diabetes in Schools Committee, the Lions Club District 24-L, and the Virginia Dept. of Education, Virginia Association of School Nurses. Due date for submission in 2019 project: April 13, 2019

Background: The Virginia Diabetes Council (VDC) members working with the Lions Club District 24-L identified a need for diabetes education resources within the school system. We proposed the implementation of a pilot project to provide an E-learning training course for all school nurses and school personnel initially in Virginia Elementary Schools within the boundaries of Lions District 24-L and plan to expand to all grade levels and the entire Commonwealth of Virginia over a 4 year period. Diabetes is a chronic disease in which blood glucose levels are abnormal and may lead to acute or long-term complications. Both Type 1 and Type 2 require unique therapies during the school hours. Proper care of these students entrusted to the care of school personnel is essential.

Overview of Goals:

  • Standardize up-to-date training in a constantly evolving field.

  • Provide curriculum on: healthy lifestyle recommendations, glucose meters, carbohydrate counting, insulin

    pumps, continuous glucose monitors, medications, emergency situations, and preventing complications.

  • Empower the school health personnel and support staff to assist in this care during the school day.

  • Confidently implement the Diabetes Medical Management Plan (DMMP) orders from the child’s

    healthcare provider.

    Plan: The LEARNS Project team is made up of staff from the Virginia Diabetes Council, Diabetes in Schools Committee, Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), Virginia Association of School Nurses, School Nurse Coordinators, Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE), and representation from the Lions District 24-L. The pilot grant application will be administered through the VDC by a generous contribution by the Lions District 24-L, the Virginia Diabetes Council, and the Virginia Association of Diabetes Educators to provide free access to school staff for a period of one year with hopes of creating a sustainable plan of providing ongoing diabetes education for school nurses and school personnel. After careful consideration, this team chose a company to provide the online e-learning training. Salus Education’s Diabetes Care at School: Bridging the Gap is a comprehensive e-Learning strategy. It will not be mandated in-person training, but instead be offered as an ongoing training program for self-paced education available throughout the school year. The LEARNS Project will provide licenses for each campus to use for an unlimited amount of staff. Outcome measures including usage, staff satisfaction, and completion rates will be monitored by the VDC. The first round of usage measurement will be December 2019.

    What is included?

    • Access to Diabetes Care at School: Bridging the Gap includes 3 levels of training for one year with

      Salus provided technical support.

    • Training for Non-Medical Personnel (UDCA) & Diabetes Awareness Training

    • Technology (updated Insulin Pump and Continuous Glucose Monitoring)

    • Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) - ANCC approved 6.0 hours

      Invitation: The LEARNS Project team encourages each school division to participate in this project. Please complete the attached application to begin the next steps. We will reach out to the School Health Coordinators to enroll staff members once the grant is approved. Thank you for teaming up with us in this initiative.
      Contact: schools@virginiadiabetes.org

      Reference: https://www.saluseducation.com/uploads/5/8/8/0/58807431/program_description_mar_16.pdf