School Nurse/Health Services
The National Association of School Nurses defines school nursing as “a specialized practice of nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and lifelong achievement and health of students. With approximately 50.1 million students in public elementary and secondary schools, educational institutions are excellent locations to promote health in children (National Center for Education Statistics, n.d.) and the school nurse is uniquely positioned to meet student health needs.
A student’s health is directly related to his or her ability to learn. Children with unmet health needs have a difficult time engaging in the educational process. The school nurse supports student success by providing health care through assessment, intervention, and follow-up for all children within the school setting. The school nurse addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social health needs of students and supports their achievement in the learning process.” Adopted by the NASN, June 2016
HSD Position Summary is as follows:
- to strengthen and facilitate the educational process by modifying or removing health-related barriers to learning
- to promote optimal levels of well-being in students and staff
There are several essential functions carried out by the school nurse to foster student education while helping to ensure student wellness and health. These include:
- Managing acute student illness and injuries, medication distribution, medical procedures and managing the needs both chronic and special.
- Identifying student health needs through assessment and communicating with parents, physicians, and staff.
- Assisting students and parents in identifying available and appropriate community health resources.
- Preventing communicable diseases.
- Screening for contagious diseases, referral and follow up on treatments.
- Providing health and wellness education.
- Maintaining and revising the development of school health safety plans for first aid and emergency care.
- Assisting identification of students with health conditions and disabilities, interpreting health factors pertinent to the student’s disability and develops, implements and evaluates the health component to the Individual education plan (IEP) and participates in the planning and follow through of 504s.
- Performing age-appropriate screenings such as hearing, vision, and scoliosis.
- Managing and maintaining confidential student records.
It is with great pride that we offer a professional nurse on staff every day in every building. Each of our nurses is a registered nurse, with the majority having a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. To achieve quality care, accounting for the increase in student numbers at the high school level, all three high schools have two full time registered nurses and each secondary building has a Clinic Aide with the exception to one.
We welcome you to engage with us in your child’s health and wellness.