VSNBHE Course Directory

VSNBHE Module

COURSE DESCRIPTION: A School Nurse Behavioral Health Emergencies curriculum is being developed  with the first module Now Available! Module 2 currently in production on the topic of teen alcohol and drug use. This is a three year project funded by the Department of Health to address behavioral health emergencies in an on-line format for broad dissemination. These modules utilize streaming video technology that provide exciting and enhanced learning.

NOW AVAILABLE: Module 4: Victim to Victor: Youth Experiencing Interpersonal Violence

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VSNBHE Course Directory

Module 1: Helpless to Hopeful: Teen Suicide and Depression

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Helpless to Hopeful: Teen Suicide and Depression

Narrator:  Rhonda Sparks, RN

Module Description:  Teen suicide and depression are on the rise. The purpose of this education is to train school nurses to identify students at risk and provide ongoing assessment, intervention, and follow-up of the mental and physical health of students in our communities. The goal for our schools is to implement a system of education and prevention when dealing with behavioral health emergencies by implementing the 4 "R's" of recognition, response, referral and resources. This module consists of 4 parts to pace the learning into smaller increments.
CE: 2.0 FREE

Module 2: Impaired to Improved: Teen Substance Abuse

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Impaired to Improved: Teen Substance Abuse

Narrator:  Rhonda Sparks, RN

Module Description:  Teen substance abuse is one of the major health concerns for our youth today. School nurses collaborating with teachers and school authorities are responsible for establishing a drug an alcohol free learning environment to help them stay healthy and safe at school. Applying the 4 "R's" of recognition, response, referral and resources for students at risk for substance abuse is the focus of this second module in the Behavioral Health Emergencies course.
CE: 2.0 FREE

Module 3: Confused to Coping: Youth Experiencing Prolonged Emotional Distress

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Confused to Coping: Youth Experiencing Prolonged Emotional Distress

Narrator:  Rhonda Sparks, RN

Module Description:  Children’s mental health problems are real, common and treatable. Although one in five children has a diagnosable mental health problem, nearly two-thirds of them get little or no help. Untreated mental health problems can disrupt children’s functioning at home, school and in the community. The 4 "R's" of recognition, response, referral and resources will be used to discuss adjustment disorder, school refusal, and self-injury which are all manifestations of ineffective coping behaviors related to major life stressors. CE: 2.0 FREE

Module 4: Victim to Victor: Youth Experiencing Interpersonal Violence

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Victim to Victor: Youth Experiencing Interpersonal Violence

Narrator:  Rhonda Sparks, RN

Module Description:  Interpersonal violence and abuse is a pattern of abusive behaviors that can include physical, sexual, verbal and/or emotional abuse. Schools must provide safety for both staff and students and offer a disciplined environment conducive to learning. The focus of this module will be interpersonal violence that affects the student population in the form of bullying and sexual violence. The 4's of of recognition, response, referral and resources will focus on the victim in this behaviorial health emergency.
CE: 2.0 FREE

VSNBHE Production Team/Instructors

Production Team

Robert Sapien, MD

Chief, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
UNM HSC School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine

  • Principal Investigator
  • Content Direction

Joan Caldwell, RN, BSN

Training and Development Consultant 
Web Development and Online Education
UNM School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

  • Web Designer/Developer
  • Videographer and Editor
  • Multimedia Production
  • Photographer
  • Flash/Motion Graphics
  • Coldfusion Programming
  • Database Administrator

Katherine Schafer, Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant 3
UNM Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

  • Project Assistant

Rhonda Sparks, RN, BSN

Director of Health Services
Clovis Municipal Schools, NM

  • Content Development
  • Narrator/Educator

Cheri Dotson, RN, BSN, MA

Lead Nurse
Santa Fe Public Schools, NM

  • Content Development

Lisa Patch, RN

President, NMSNA (New Mexico School Nurses Association)
Alamogordo Public Schools, NM

  • Content Development