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What is a School Nurse?

A school nurse protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. A school nurse bridges health care and education, provides care coordination, advocates for quality student-centered care, and collaborates with other educational professionals to allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential (National Association of School Nursing, 2018 ). A School Nurse must have a baccalaureate degree, a registered nurse (RN) license, and a School Nurse Credential to practice in California.

Role of the School Nurse:

The primary role of the School Nurse is to support student learning. The nurse accomplishes this by implementing strategies that promote student health and safety. The daily functions of the school nurse include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing health assessments, accommodations and direct health services for students with medical concerns.
  • Coordinating and providing nursing services and direct nursing care, such as insulin shots to a diabetic.
  • Supervising health care provided in the school setting.
  • Obtaining health histories and attending 504 and Individual Educational Plan (IEP) meetings for students with medical issues.
  • Developing Health Action Plans (HAP) to accommodate a student’s medical condition(s).
  • Training/monitoring staff at the school sites to do medical procedures.
  • Providing state mandated services such as vision and hearing screening.
  • Identifying health and safety concerns in the school environment and promote a nurturing school environment.
  • Surveillance and monitoring of communicable diseases.

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