School Nurse Considerations for Field Trips

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Release date: 05/28/2021
Expiration date: 05/26/2025*
*(The module must be completed by this date to earn contact hours.)


Upon successful completion of this module and the module evaluation, participants will receive
0.5 Nursing Continuing Professional Development Contact Hours.

Course Description:

Many students and staff look forward to a yearly school field trip. These field trips are conducted outside of the structured classroom setting. Teachers and school staff spend a considerable amount of time planning for the field trip, arranging transportation, meals, and entrance fees. School Nurses understand that the planning also needs to include considerations for the health and safety of all students who will be participating in the field trip. Students participating in the field trip who take medications at school or who have underlying health concerns require additional oversight and a more detailed level of planning. This module will review the planning steps the School Nurse should take to improve student safety and health outcomes while on a field trip. 

Course Outline:

  • Field Trip Planning
  • Medication Administration
  • Performing Nursing Procedures
  • In-State Field Trips
  • Out-of-State Field Trips
  • International Field Trips

At the end of this module, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the planning steps that a School Nurse should take to improve student safety and health outcomes while on a field trip
  2. Articulate how other states’ Nurse Practice Acts affect field trip preparation
  3. Recognize and plan for the complexity of in‐state, out‐of‐state, and international field trips

Intended Audience:

This continuing education program is a knowledge-based activity developed to meet the educational needs of School Nurses.


Teresa DuChateau, DNP, RN
School Health Associates

Bette Carr, MSN, RN
School Health Associates

Content Expert:
Valerie Hon, BSN, RN
District Nurse, Safety Committee Chairperson
Portage Community School District

Faculty and Program Planner Disclosures:

No one in control of educational content has any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies (those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.)

Approval Statement:

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

School Nurse Considerations for Field Trips