Online Program

Experiences of School Nurses Caring for Newly Arrived Immigrant and Refugee children


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This is a recorded webinar held during the Virtual Summer Academy on August 12, 2020. Jackie Brady, Mary Kelly, and Isabel Rivera discuss School Nurses working with Immigrant and Refugee Students and Families.  This counts toward RETELL for MA School Nurses.

Contact hours: 2.5                      Cost: $30                 Length: 2  and 1/2 hours


Cost: $ 30.00

Contact Hours 2.5


After viewing this program, the participant may be able to:

1.  Identify how school nurses perceive the influence of immigration on this group’s wellness and educational success. 

2.  Describe the beliefs about the facilitators/barriers to health care delivery for this at-risk population.

3.  Describe the perceived needs of school nurses in caring for their newly arrived children.


Jackie Brady PhD, RN, NCSN is currently working as a school nurse for Boston Public Schools at the Bradley Elementary School in East Boston. She has worked for Boston Public Schools for 13 years. Before that, Jackie worked for Quincy Public Schools for 7 years. Jackie graduated with her Ph.D. in Nursing at Northeastern University in May of this year. Two years ago, Jackie presented her Literature Review at our Summer Health Academy. Today Jackie will follow up and tell us about the results of her study: Experiences of School Nurses Caring for Newly Arrived Immigrant and Refugee Children. Jackie recently received news that her manuscript for this study was accepted by the Journal of School Nursing.

Mary D. Kelly PhD, CAS, MSN, CPNP, RN has worked in pediatric health care for over 40 years in a variety of nursing roles; PNP, CNS, RN. She has worked as both as an inpatient nurse and an outpatient nurse. Mary has worked with children with complex medical needs in the Complex Care Program for Boston Children’s Hospital, caring for the most medically fragile children on a local, national, and international level. For 12 years Mary worked as a Primary Care PNP in the Primary Care Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and recently resigned believing that, after 40 years, it is okay to have only one full-time job and follow academic pursuits! She is honored to be one of the school nurses at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School working with a student population that is 65% English Language Learners who are immigrants of firstgeneration immigrants. Both the children and their families inspire her daily. She misses them so much during this Pandemic.

Isabel Rivera has been working as the Community Based Program Manager overseeing the domestic violence and rape crisis units for Voices Against Violence since 2009. Prior to this position, she was the Shelter Manager for our confidential residential program from March 20022009. Isabel has great passion and compassion for survivors and often says how honored she feels to be doing this work. Isabel is a bilingual Latina and with her skills has been able to provide direct services to countless survivors, the majority Spanishspeaking, as well as mentor her bilingual, bicultural staff.

Presenter Disclosure Statement:

The planners of this educational activity have no conflict of interest to declare. The speakers have no conflict of interest to declare unless otherwise indicated prior to their presentations.

Continuing Education Information:

Northeastern University School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurse Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.ANCC Logo Jing

MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education  Provider Number 2019U003

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