The Role of Your School Nurse
School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success, and lifelong achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self advocacy and learning. The school nurse links the health service program within the school and the community.
In the school they:
Conduct health screenings: vision, hearing, growth and scoliosis.
Access health, and development.
Provide emergency first aid.
Track communicable disease.
Provide counseling for students and staff regarding health matters.
Serve as a resource for student health issues and in health education.
Assist in maintaining a safe school environment.
Monitor required daily medication administration.
Maintain safe environment for students with specific health concerns.
Collaborate With Special Education Services.
Serve as education team member.
Develop and implement health component of student's IEP (Individualized Education Plan).
Provide in-service education to staff in special health care procedures.
Meet with counselors and school psychologist to provide the best environment for students.
Act as an active participant in 504 processes (needs not covered under special education services).
Serve as a member of Crisis Team.
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