Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What Does A School Nurse Do?

Hopefully Helpful School Nurse Tip: Sometimes it is difficult to put into words (written and verbal) the duties & responsibilities of school nursing. Use information that others have put together for you to your advantage. Start with this article...

Charting Nursing’s Future
A publication of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Have you read this article…?

I first heard about this article from School Nurse Sue Dillon

& the entire article can by found on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website or here.

This is a great article full of research and statistics related to

“Unlocking the potential of school nursing:

Keeping children healthy, in school, and ready to learn.”

The article also helps answer the question-

What does a school nurse do?


I’ll mention a few things school nurses do according to the article here.


1.       Provide episodic care

2.       Manage chronic conditions

3.       Track communicable diseases

4.       Promote healthy behaviors

5.       Connect children with insurance and health care providers

6.       Handle emergency situations

7.       Handle life-threatening allergy and asthma events

8.       Respond to student’s physical and emotional concerns

9.      Connect students with substance-abuse treatment and mental, behavioral, and reproductive health services

10.   Screen for conditions that impair learning, such as poor vision or hearing

11.   Educate children about healthy lifestyles

12.   Ensure immunization compliance

13.   Develop health plans for students with disabilities

14.   Prepare for school wide and community emergencies

15.   Administer medication and provide first aid

There is so  much more too.

I'm sure you thought of a few duties.
Please leave your input in the comments section.


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