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BIRMINGHAM (June 8, 2011)- The Children's Hospital Education and Safety Center will host its second annual School Nurse Workshop June 28-29, and again July 26-27.

This year's workshop will be provided on two separate dates to accommodate more nurses. Each two-day session will cover the same information. Each workshop day will last from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will take place at the Children's Hospital Bradley Lecture Center (1600 6th Ave. S., Birmingham). Parking is available at the Park Place parking deck (1600 5th Ave.). Each workshop is open to the first 175 applicants. The cost is $25 and includes breakfast and lunch. For more information, or to register, contact Sandy Tombrello at or by phone at 205-939-9377 or 1-866-800-7259.

The first day of each workshop will be a series of lectures. Topics include: asthma, diabetes, ADD/ADHD, autism and orthopedic injuries. The second day will provide hands-on practice with clinical experts via skills labs. Skills topics include: catheterizations, pediatric assessment, insulin pumps and carbohydrate counting, IV insertion and more.

Last year, nearly 200 nurses from Alabama elementary, intermediate, middle and high schools in 30 different counties attended. All the sessions were conducted by physicians, nurses and social workers who are experts in their respective fields of pediatrics. Topics were planned in response to survey results from more than 500 nurses that asked for suggestions and common concerns.

"Evaluations completed by the school nurses attending the workshop expressed that the offering was invaluable and that the presenters offered information that would greatly influence the care of their children at school," said organizer Ginger Parsons, RN, who serves as an educator through the CHECK Center.

As the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children, Children's Hospital is the hub of specialized pediatric expertise. Its physicians and nurses know that the school nurse is often the first to notice signs of illness and disease in school children, and is frequently responsible for much of a sick or injured child's after-care. By providing training to these frontline caregivers through the School Nurse Workshop, Children's is able to share its expertise with communities across the state.

The Children's Hospital of Alabama is the 10th busiest pediatric medical center in the United States. Located in Birmingham, Children's is one of only about 45 freestanding acute care hospitals of its kind in the nation and the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is licensed for 275 beds. Children's is a private, not-for-profit hospital governed by a volunteer board of trustees. The hospital was recently recognized for the excellence of its nursing care by achieving Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Children's will celebrate its centennial anniversary this year. For more information, visit

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