Role of the On-Site School Nurse
The functions of the school nurse include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Assess health needs of students through health screenings, nursing assessments, review and monitoring of health records and medications, and data collection.
- Plan and implement school health management protocols for the child with special health needs, including the administration of medication.
- Participate in teacher, team and staffing conferences, assigned committees and school/community activities as requested.
- Assist in providing staff development to school personnel on health related subjects.
- Communicates thoroughly, honestly and tactfully with the school principal, teachers, support personnel, students, families and counselors.
- Consult on meeting emergency health needs in the school.
- Confer with health professionals on behalf of students.
- Assist in the review and maintenance of school health records.
- Develop implement and update, as necessary, individualized health care plans for selected students.
- Maintain logs and records of services provided using School Board approved forms.
- Serve as a contact and/or liaison among the school, the medical community and the designated student’s personal medical provider.
- Provide consultation to students, parents, school personnel and the community during school hours and/or parent meetings.
- Make referrals to appropriate community health resources and/or services as needed.
- Report required reportable community diseases to the health department.
- During incidents of communicable disease exposure at a school, provide information and guidance to assist school staff with interventions and act as a liaison between the school personnel and the health department communicable disease personnel.
- Assure students receive appropriate health care and that students’ dignity and confidentiality are protected.
- Assist with health education with students in accordance with the school district’s curricula.