Health Services & Nurses
What is School Nursing?
School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential. Adopted by the NASN Board of Directors February 2017.
School nurses play a crucial role in improving the health and academic success of students.
The role of the school nurse:
- Provide first aid care and health assessment;
- Write care plans and coordinate the care of students with chronic or acute health conditions;
- Communicate with teachers and staff to ensure the safety and well-being of students;
- Administer medications and monitor delegated medication administration;
- Assist in the evaluation of students for Special Services (Special Education);
- Coordinate and provide vision and hearing screenings;
- Assist families in accessing health insurance and health care services; and
- Educate and train staff on: asthma, life threatening allergies and diabetes