SETT School Emergency Triage Training

What is SETT?

SETT is a program written for registered nurses employed in the specialty of school nursing. 

The goal of this program is to provide school nurses with the knowledge, skills, and resources to perform as leaders of first-aid teams in response to mass casualty events occurring in schools.

Why do school nurses need SETT?

Effective management of school emergencies where there are mass casualties requires careful training, preparation, and planning to maximize effectiveness under less than optimal conditions.

The school nurse coordinates the collection of information from a variety of sources to develop emergency plans. Emergency response plans require coordination with school administrators, staff, and other community first responders. 

This program equips the school nurse with knowledge to develop and lead school first-aid teams. 

What are the program objectives of SETT?

  1. Summarize basic principles and methods used in triage in response to school-based MCI event.
  2. Demonstrate how to use the START and JumpSTART algorithms to perform triage.
  3. Describe differences between professional and lay rescuer duties in response to school-based MCI events.
  4. Apply SETT knowledge to develop basic disaster prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery plans for health services providers in school.
  5. Describe the importance of disaster planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective action prior to a school MCI event.
  6. Identify issues unique to the school setting that can impact the sustainability and effectiveness of disaster preparedness measures.
  7. Identify strategies to engage school First-Aid team volunteers and administrative support.
  8. Describe aspects of performing psychological triage within the RN scope of practice.
  9. Discuss regional considerations related to disaster preparedness training and reliable local and national resources.

What Materials and Resources will School Nurses receive with SETT?

Participants receive a participant manual and numerous supporting resources.

How many Continuing Nursing Education contact hours are associated with SETT?

5.25 Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) contact hours are awarded for attending the full program and completing an evaluation.

When CNE is offered with an NASN program, attendees paying the appropriate registration fee will receive CNE contact hours for the program attended and evaluated within the 90-day allotted window. Attendees must stay for the entire program, no partial credit. Attendees have 90 days to complete evaluations to receive CNE credit for the program. Requests for an extension on the 90-day CNE deadline must be submitted in writing, mailed to the NASN office, and include a $60.00 processing fee payment. Extensions will not be granted for programs hosted or presented more than 12 months prior to the extension request.  View or print the request for extension form

Where can I find a SETT program in my area?

This program may be sponsored by a state school nurse association or by a local district. Check the NASN calendar of events for upcoming programs.

How do I host or have a SETT program brought to my area?

Talk to your state school nurse association or your district school nurse supervisor about sponsoring SETT. Read more about hosting.

National Association of School Nurses is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.