what is it, who needs it, how to write it...
In simple terms, an Individualized Healthcare Plan is a nursing care plan written for the school setting. Remember the days of care plans from nursing school and the hospital setting?
Denise Herrmann refers to IHPs as a tool school nurses can use to
"facilitate the well-being and the academic success of all learners"
(IHP for the School Nurse, 2005, p. 1).
Here are a few key points to remember about IHPs....
- An IHP is for the school nurse's professional use. It isn't meant to be shared with others. The information gathered might be shared in another format, but the actual IHP doesn't need to be shared. The information gathered and entered into the IEP will be used to create other school nurse related documents.
- Not all students require an IHP- that's right, not all students need an IHP. A few scenarios requiring an IHP include: students with a health related IEP or 504 Plan, a student with an Emergency Action Plan, a students with chronic health needs that impact their time at school. What are the other scenarios you can think of?
- Keep It Simple- create a form that works for you. Create a template that works for you. I've created a very simple, basic form- the "fuzzy" version is below, but you can purchase a clean version here!
Good luck! I would love to hear what works for you ....