Date of Award

Spring 4-7-2024

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

First Advisor

Sarah Cartwright, DNP, RN, NI-BC, CAPA, FASPAN


Children with special health care needs face multiple challenges within the educational realm due to missing school days from illness. The purpose of this paper was to explore an electronic toolkit that would allow for improved communication and care coordination between teachers, principals, social workers, school nurses, parents, and healthcare professionals to maximize in classroom learning opportunities. The project was guided by the following PICOT question, for interprofessional staff supporting the medically complex child (P), how does the development of a best practice for coordination of care toolkit (I) compared to no structured program strategy (C) influence the efficacy of interprofessional staff coordination of care between parents, providers, and support systems? Communication and lack of coordination of care between health care providers and school personnel is deficient as evidenced within the literature. Utilization of action plans for chronic health conditions, primarily for asthma and food allergies, have been shown to decrease school absenteeism. Incorporation of existing action plans for chronic health conditions, that are individually modifiable, into an electronic coordination of care toolkit, allowed for improved communication, stronger bonds and relationships developed with the aim of maximizing the full classroom experience for the student, defining best practice.


Scholarly project submitted to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice”

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