Online Program

Abdominal Assessment For School Nurses


Karen Rufo MS, RN, PPCP-BC presents abdominal assessment skills for school nurses. Please refer to the Resources for specific charts and posters. Created 10/26/2017. Reviewed 10/20/2020.


Cost: $ 20.00

Contact Hours 1.0


By viewing this online program, the participant will report:

1. increased knowledge related to best practices for abdominal assessment of students and

2. increased confidence in their ability to implement evidence-based practices related to abdominal assessment of students.


Karen Rufo is currently the Director of Health Services for the Lexington Public Schools in Massachusetts.  At the time of this presentation in 2017, Karen was the the Nurse Leader of Natick Public Schools.  She works as a Nursing Supervisor at Newton Wellesley Hospital on evenings and weekends! Karen describes herself as “a Type AAA” and has always maintained a “dual practice” throughout her Nursing Career to gain as much experience as possible. She attended St Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing, where she received an excellent “hands on” nursing education, highlighted by being “stuck there” during the “Blizzard of 78!” She received her BSN from Northeastern University and her Master’s Degree and Nurse Practitioner Education from Boston College during the Flutie Era and remains a BC football fan to this day! Her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification is from the American Nurses Association. Karen has worked as a School Nurse Leader, Nurse Supervisor, a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, a School Nurse, Nurse Manager, Nursing Instructor, and as a staff nurse in the various areas: Pediatrics, IV Therapy, Operating Room, and Emergency Room. When she retires from Nursing she hopes to work in one of these three areas: Disney World, Fenway Park or Comedy Central!

Presenter Disclosure Statement:

The planners and presenter of this educational activity have no conflict of interest to declare. 

This program has not received commercial support.

Continuing Education Information:

Northeastern University School of Nursing is accredited as a Provider of nursing continuing prfoessional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Participants successfully completing this program will receive a certificate of contact hours. Certificates of contact hours may be printed online after successful completion of the learning assessment.

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