School Health Program Overview
Goal of School Health Nursing Services
School Nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. The major responsibility of the school nurse is to provide the necessary professional expertise, so that student health needs can be identified, assessed, treated, and monitored by acquiring first-hand knowledge of prevailing health problems and the availability and accessibility of services. Cooperation between school nurses and school personnel is essential in providing comprehensive and effective school health services.
The role of the school nurse includes, but is not limited to
1. Assure that the school is prepared to deliver a safe and appropriate response to medical emergencies and all health-related procedures, treatments, and that medication administration is performed safely and accurately by trained school personnel.
2. Act as a child advocate by developing Individual Health Plans to assist students with health-related barriers to learning.
3. Identify health risks and initiate health promotion activities that foster optimal physical, psychological, and social development conducive to learning.
4. Maximize the quality of student's educational experience by reducing the incidence of health related absenteeism.
The school nurse works collaboratively with all stakeholders and other community resources to deliver health services within the schools. The principals, guidance counselors, school psychologist, and social workers all work closely with the school nurse to ensure that the physical and mental health needs of the students are met.
School nurses are required to have bachelor degrees, and be nationally certified within 3 years of employment. Many of the nurses also have advance practice or master degrees in nursing. School nurses are also certified in Vision Screening, CPR and Suicide Intervention Training (SIT). Nurses train unlicensed assistive school personnel in CPR, First Aid, and Diabetes Care Management.
Quality of the School Health program is maintained through nurses attending continuing educational opportunities, performance improvement goals, and ongoing evaluation and quality improvement to ensure that the practice is up-to-date, and evidence based.
School Nurses are employed and governed by Union County Public Schools.