LEARNS PROJECT

LEARNS PROJECT

OUR MISSION

To provide a source of sustained funding and ongoing support to all Virginia school divisions in order to provide standardized and equitable professional development for school staff in the management of care for students with diabetes. 

OUR VISION

Facilitating standardized and purposeful diabetes education of school staff members responsible for managing care of students with diabetes.
“We encouraged school bus drivers and teachers going on field trips to do Module One. Not one negative comment was received. They loved the program and found it easy to do. Loved it was paid for. Encouraged human resources to get involved and then the staff got 20 recertification points. The Director of Transportation made it mandatory for any staff interacting with T1D kids. Consistency is key with training especially with carb awareness. Can also be part of professional development days.” 

Cathy

2020-01-30T16:08:26+00:00

Cathy

“We encouraged school bus drivers and teachers going on field trips to do Module One. Not one negative comment was received. They loved the program and found it easy to do. Loved it was paid for. Encouraged human resources to get involved and then the staff got 20 recertification points. The Director of Transportation made it mandatory for any staff interacting with T1D kids. Consistency is key with training especially with carb awareness. Can also be part of professional development days.” 
“We were looking for a professional program. Found this and started it out as geared toward nurses for the first year. It is self-paced and you can review as often as you want. Provided a wonderful review and the nurses felt more confident. Then, we rolled it out to unlicensed assistive personnel. We combined the formal training with the online offering. The initial feedback from a school secretary was that it was too much information and pushed back about the RN being there. However, after discussion, the staff agreed it was helpful. The positive response also happened when they took the benefits of the learning beyond the school. Staff described how it helped their own Type 2 Diabetes understanding, family and home care.”

Collette

2020-01-30T16:11:12+00:00

Collette

“We were looking for a professional program. Found this and started it out as geared toward nurses for the first year. It is self-paced and you can review as often as you want. Provided a wonderful review and the nurses felt more confident. Then, we rolled it out to unlicensed assistive personnel. We combined the formal training with the online offering. The initial feedback from a school secretary was that it was too much information and pushed back about the RN being there. However, after discussion, the staff agreed it was helpful. The positive response also happened when they took the benefits of the learning beyond the school. Staff described how it helped their own Type 2 Diabetes understanding, family and home care.”
“Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAPs), school nurses, bus drivers, teachers, and assistants were offered the program. It cut down on man-hours and space needed for extra group training. Having the online self-paced option helped with this problem.  Over 500 staff started the training and called it wonderful and comprehensive. When the staff had some trouble with the E-learning software and printing certificates, they reached out to the company representatives and found them very responsive in taking care of concerns.  It helped a lot of new staff who needed to be brought up to date. It was long, but does provide required training in addition to hands-on time.”

Jeannie

2020-01-30T16:12:42+00:00

Jeannie

“Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAPs), school nurses, bus drivers, teachers, and assistants were offered the program. It cut down on man-hours and space needed for extra group training. Having the online self-paced option helped with this problem.  Over 500 staff started the training and called it wonderful and comprehensive. When the staff had some trouble with the E-learning software and printing certificates, they reached out to the company representatives and found them very responsive in taking care of concerns.  It helped a lot of new staff who needed to be brought up to date. It was long, but does provide required training in addition to hands-on time.”
“This is helpful for staff who are going on a field trip and no school nurse is available. As the school year goes on, there is an increased need for access to education. It can be made available even where there are not financial resources to have a nurse available. It is a cost-effective program and vendor information is easily available.”

Nancy

2020-01-30T16:35:57+00:00

Nancy

“This is helpful for staff who are going on a field trip and no school nurse is available. As the school year goes on, there is an increased need for access to education. It can be made available even where there are not financial resources to have a nurse available. It is a cost-effective program and vendor information is easily available.”

Donate to the LEARNS Project

Click here to make a tax deductible donation to the LEARNS Project. Please note LEARNS in the memo to designate where your funds go!

Lions Empowering and Aiding Regional Nurses in Schools (LEARNS) Project

An ongoing project will be funded to benefit children with diabetes attending over 500 Northern Virginia Elementary Schools in 40 school districts during the school year. This training is funded by a generous grant of $18,000 from the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and local Lions Clubs District 24-L. The Virginia Diabetes Council (VDC) members working with the Lions Clubs International Foundation and local Lions Club District 24-L identified the need for additional training and support to diabetes education resources within the school system.

Please review the School Nurse Application to learn more about the project and the application process.

The LEARNS Project team encourages each school division within the 24L region to participate in this project. Please complete the attached application to begin the next steps. We will reach out to the School Health Coordinators to enroll staff members once the grant for the next school year is approved. Thank you for teaming up with us in this initiative.

Please see the following documents for more information:

LEVELS OF TRAINING

Level 1

Diabetes Awareness

Level 2

Level 1 + Diabetes Care Tasks
(BG monitoring, Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia, Insulin, Diet/Nutrition, Exercise, Disaster Planning)

Level 3

Level 1 + Level 2 + Laws and Legal Issues

CGM and Pump Modules Available | Nurses receive 6 hours of Continuing Education for completing the training. | SalusEducation.com

Lions Empowering and Aiding Regional Nurses in Schools (LEARNS) Project

An ongoing project will be funded to benefit children with diabetes attending over 500 Northern Virginia Elementary Schools in 40 school districts during the school year. This training is funded by a generous grant of $18,000 from the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) and local Lions Clubs District 24-L. The Virginia Diabetes Council (VDC) members working with the Lions Club International Foundation and local Lions Club District 24-L identified the need for additional training and support to diabetes education resources within the school system.

Please review the School Nurse Application to learn more about the project and the application process.

The LEARNS Project team encourages each school division within the 24L region to participate in this project. Please complete the attached application to begin the next steps. We will reach out to the School Health Coordinators to enroll staff members once the grant for the next school year is approved. Thank you for teaming up with us in this initiative.

Please see the following documents for more information:

LEVELS OF TRAINING

Level 1

Diabetes Awareness

Level 2

Level 1 + Diabetes Care Tasks
(BG monitoring, Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia, Insulin, Diet/Nutrition, Exercise, Disaster Planning)

Level 3

Level 1 + Level 2 + Laws and Legal Issues

CGM and Pump Modules Available | Nurses receive 6 hours of Continuing Education for completing the training. | SalusEducation.com

OUR TEAM

Traci Carter, MA RN CDE; Chair of VDC LEARNS Project

Kathleen Gold, RN, CDE; Virginia Lions Diabetes Awareness Chair, LEARNS Project Manager, Westmoreland Lions Club

Jacqueline McManemin, BSN, RN, CDE; Chair of VDC-Diabetes in Schools Committee

Tracy L White, MA, BSN, RN; Virginia Department of Education 

Nancy Markley, BSN, RN, NCSN; LEARNS Administrative Assistant

Collette Hokana, BSN, RN, NCSN 

Juanita Daugherty, MSN, RN, CDE

Sally Kenavan, Lions Past District Governor 24A, LEARNS Administrator

Carol Byers, Lions Zone Chair, Region V Zone 1 24L

Crystal Woodward, American Diabetes Association, Safe at School Program Director

For more information on this, or other, projects please contact: [email protected]

OUR TEAM

Traci Carter, MA RN CDE; Chair of VDC LEARNS Project

Kathleen Gold, RN, CDE; Virginia Lions Diabetes Awareness Chair, LEARNS Project Manager, Westmoreland Lions Club

Jacqueline McManemin, BSN, RN, CDE; Chair of VDC-Diabetes in Schools Committee

Tracy L White, MA, BSN, RN; Virginia Department of Education 

Nancy Markley, BSN, RN, NCSN; LEARNS Administrative Assistant

Collette Hokana, BSN, RN, NCSN 

Juanita Daugherty, MSN, RN, CDE

Sally Kenavan, Lions Past District Governor 24A, LEARNS Administrator

Carol Byers, Lions Zone Chair, Region V Zone 1 24L

Crystal Woodward, American Diabetes Association, Safe at School Program Director

For more information on this, or other, projects please contact: [email protected]

School District Current Participants in District 24-L

  • Albemarle
  • Alexandria
  • Alleghany/Covington
  • Bath
  • Charlottesville
  • Clarke
  • Culpepper
  • Fairfax (Public Health Nurses only)
  • Falls Church
  • Fauquier
  • Frederick
  • Fredericksburg
  • Greene
  • King George
  • Loudoun*
  • Louisa*
  • Madison
  • Manassas*
  • Prince William
  • Rockbridge
  • Shenandoah
  • Spotsylvania
  • Stafford
  • Staunton 
  • Waynesboro
  • Winchester

*Purchased by another source

School District Current Participants in District 24-L

  • Albemarle
  • Alexandria
  • Alleghany/Covington
  • Bath
  • Charlottesville City
  • Clarke
  • Culpeper
  • Fairfax (Public Health Nurses only)
  • Falls Church
  • Fauquier
  • Frederick
  • Fredericksburg City
  • Greene
  • King George
  • Loudoun*
  • Louisa*
  • Madison
  • Manassas City*
  • Prince William
  • Rockbridge
  • Shenandoah
  • Spotsylvania
  • Stafford
  • Staunton City 
  • Waynesboro City
  • Winchester City

*Purchased by another source

Thank you for your support!

The VDC Diabetes In Schools Committee-LEARNS Grant Team sincerely appreciates the monetary and volunteer support from these organizations. We gratefully acknowledge their essential participation.

Grant Funding Provided By:

Lions Clubs International
Virginia Lions MD24-L
American Association of Diabetes Educators- Virginia Coordinating Body
Virginia Diabetes Council
Azalea Foundation

Additional Support Provided By:  

VDC & Lions Volunteers
Virginia Department of Education
Virginia Association of School Nurses
Children With Diabetes-Friends for Life Program
American Diabetes Association

Thank you for your support!

The VDC Diabetes In Schools Committee-LEARNS Grant Team sincerely appreciates the monetary and volunteer support from these organizations. We gratefully acknowledge their essential participation.

Grant Funding Provided By:

Lions Clubs International
Virginia Lions MD24-L
American Association of Diabetes Educators- Virginia Coordinating Body
Virginia Diabetes Council
Azalea Foundation

Additional Support Provided By:  

VDC & Lions Volunteers
Virginia Department of Education
Virginia Association of School Nurses
Children With Diabetes-Friends for Life Program
American Diabetes Association