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Annual School Nurse Conference

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s mission is to improve the health of children through exceptional, comprehensive family-centered care, wellness and education. The School Nurse Conference puts this mission into action by providing up to date information on common childhood illnesses, injuries, chronic diseases, and professional nursing issues.

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Annual School Nurse Conference 2022

The Annual School Nurse Conference will be a virtual conference June 10, 2022. 

This year, Children’s Hospital is adding an additional “hands on” half day, to be held in person in our Discovery Innovation & Simulation Center (DISC). The “hands on” half day will be offered June 15, June 17, and July 13. 

You will have the ability to choose to register for the Virtual Conference ONLY or the Virtual Conference and one "hands day session (as space allows.)

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There are only 60 spots available for the "hands on" half day.  These spots are first come, first serve and are expected to fill quickly.  When the spots are filled, registration for the hands-on skills days will no longer be available. However, individuals can continue to register for the virtual conference.

Payment must be by debit or credit card online ONLY at the time of registration.

  • Virtual Conference ONLY (June 10) - $50.00
  • "Hands on" Half Day Sessions (June 15, June 17, July 13) - Additional $15.00 (Total: $65.00)


  • Full refund through May 31 if a complete cancellation
  • If cancelling “hands on” half day only, $15.00 refund through May 31
  • No refunds available after May 31

Schedule and Topics for June 10, 2022:

7:30 – 7:50 Join via Zoom
7:50 – 8:00       Opening and Announcements
8:00 – 9:15 General Session: What everyone wishes the other knew…
Presenters: Misty Reynolds, RN; Mandy Gilbert, teacher; Karie McLevain-Wells, MD
9:15 – 9:30             Break
9:30 – 10:30 General Session: Abuse vs. Accident? How to spot someone being trafficked…
Presenter: Rana Zakaria with Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking
10:30 – 11:30  General Session: Mass Casualty/First on scene
Presenter: John Brinkley, Regional Hospital Coordinator, Knox County Health Department
11:30 – 12:15     Lunch
12:15 – 1:00     Breakout sessions 1
  • Eating Disorders in Adolescents
    Presenter: Siri Khalsa – Zemel, PhD; Kaitlyn Tucker, MS, RDN, LDN; Caroline Whitaker, MS, NCC, LPC-MHSP
  • Anxiety/Behavioral Disorders in the School Age Child
    Presenter: Amy Olson, LCSW and Christine Pellenz, LCSW
  • Transgender Student Discussion
    Presenter: Allison Elledge, PhD
1:00 – 1:15   Break
1:15 – 2:00 Breakout sessions 2 (same options as above)
2:00 – 3:00 Closing Session: Where do we go from here?
Presenter: Donna Wright, MS, RN, NPD- BC
3:00 – 3:15  Final Instructions/Thanks for attending

This virtual activity will award _5.75___ contact hours.

Topics for "Hands on" Half Day

  • Diabetes
  • Tracheostomies
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Seizures

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in two high fidelity simulations and two low fidelity simulations.  During this time, learners will practice critical thinking/assessment skills, interact with equipment, and explore troubleshooting strategies.

The entire experience will take approximately 4 hours.  Those enrolled will receive additional information closer to the date of his/her choosing.

How to Register

Registration is open.  Click this link or scan this QR code to register for the June 10, 2022 virtual conference and for a “hands on” half day session.


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If you are not sure your email is on our participant list, do not try to email us. We cannot receive any external email at this time. Instead, please call 865-541-8539 and provide the information.

East Tennessee Children's Hospital is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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