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2019 School Nurse Conference

Date & Time Location Registration
7/18/2019 - 7:00 AM FFA Enrichment Center, located on the DMACC Ankeny Campus

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Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

FFA Enrichment Center (Located on the DMACC Ankeny Campus)
1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy
Ankeny, IA 50023

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Intended Audience

School nurses and other medical professionals who provide healthcare for children in the school setting.


To enable the learner to use evidence-based practice in the care of school aged children.


$35 – RN Nursing Students*
$55 – Retired Nurses
$70 – UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Employees
$80 – Other Attendees

*Student discount applies only to full-time nursing students who do not currently hold a registered nursing license. Student identification or proof of enrollment will be requested when you check in at on-site registration.


Deadline to register is Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 10 a.m. 
Registration is online only. Registration substitutions are allowed. No refunds will be given. Any questions regarding this should be directed to Jessica Dinh at (515) 241-3537 or Jessica.Dinh@unitypoint.org.


Nursing Contact Hours IBON Provider #31 awards 6.75 contact hours for full attendance. No partial credit will be given.


 7:00 - 7:45 AM              
 Registration, Exhibits and Continental Breakfast
 7:45 - 8:00 AM   Welcome & Announcements
 8:00 - 9:15 AM

 What's Old Becomes New
 Stephen Elliott, DO, PhD, FAAP, Blank Diagnostic Clinic, Blank Children’s Hospital
 1. Identify signs and symptoms for uncommon childhood diseases.
 2. List treatment options for uncommon diseases.
 3. Outline options to decrease the spread of diseases.
 9:15 - 10:30 AM 

 Teen Pills and Thrills
 Tammy Noble, RN, BSN, Certified Specialist in Poison Information (CSPI) Education   Coordinator, Iowa Poison Control Center
 1. List three over the counter medicines commonly abused by youth.
 2. Describe the basic principles and paraphernalia of e-cigarette use for nicotine and cannabis
 10:30 - 11 AM
 11 - 12:15 PM

 You Have Questions...We Have Answers
 Melissa Walker, MSN-FNP, School Nurse Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
 1. Outline state resources available to the school nurse.
 12:15 - 1:15 PM
 1:15 - 2:30 PM

 Current Updates in the Treatment of Pediatric Behavior Issues
 Nathan Noble, DO, FAAP, FACMG, Medical Director of the Anna Blank Developmental  Center, Blank Children’s Hospital
 1. Outline the most common pediatric behavior issues.
 2. Identify a variety of behavior management strategies to address behavior issues in the pediatric population.
 3. List the most common pharmacological interventions and indications for the treatment of pediatric behavior issues.
 2:30 - 3 PM
 3 - 4:30 PM

 Soaring Balloons & Heavy Shackles, Making a Difference in the Life of a Child
 Heidy LaFleur, BS Early Childhood, MS Educational Leadership, Author and Speaker,  Teacher Learning Center
 1. Identify five ways to engage in positive relationships with administrators, teachers and parents.
 2. Describe 10 strategies to build & maintain trusting relationships with children of all ages.
 4:30 - 4:45 PM

Additional Details

A full agenda and continuing education will be available as soon as finalized.

Traffic can be very busy at this time of morning so we suggest leaving early enough to give yourself plenty of time to reach the convention center.

Just a reminder that the conference center is large and temperature control can be difficult. We recommend dressing in layers or bringing a sweater for your comfort.

Dietary Request

We will do our best to accommodate any specific dietary requirements that are noted at the time of registration if applicable. If you have a severe medical need, you are also welcome to bring your own food and drinks to avoid any issues.

Nursing Room

A nursing/pumping room will be available onsite.

More Information

For questions, please contact Jessica Dinh at Jessica.Dinh@unitypoint.org or (515) 241-3537.