School Health Program Overview
Goal of School Health Nursing Services
The school nurses in Union County are employed and governed by Union County Public Schools.
The goal of School Health Services is to strengthen and facilitate the educational process through identification, intervention and correction of health related barriers of learning in students. The program is designed to assure a safe, healthy environment conducive to learning, and to provide professional care for those who become ill or injured in order to maximize the quality of in-class time by reducing the incidence of health related absenteeism. Cooperation between school nurses and school personnel is essential in providing comprehensive and effective school health services.
The role of the school nurse is to:
(1) Support the physical and mental health related needs of all students.
(2) Assure that all health related procedures, treatments and emergency care is given safely and accurately by trained school personnel,
(3) Implement Individual Health Care Plans and Plans of Treatment as needed for students with chronic medical conditions,
(4) Assist to maximize the quality of the student’s educational experience by reducing the incidence of health related absenteeism,
(5) Assure that medications administered during school are done so correctly and according to school policy
(6) Serve as a health advisor to school faculty and staff.
The school nurse works collaboratively with students, parents, educators, staff members and other community resources to deliver health services within the schools. The school nurse works with the principal to train emergency response teams, assign medication administrators and desginated school personnel to provide health care to students in the absence of the school nurse.
The quality of the school nursing program is maintained by evaluation of the quality of nursing care by review of clinical practice, peer review, quality improvement, and continuing education.