The role of the school nurse is a crucial element in the everyday life of the students. Many children have serious and chronic health conditions that require oversight and management. In addition, accidents and acute conditions require the knowledge and expertise of a licensed registered nurse. The school nurse serves as one of the team members for the children’s health management
The National Association of School Nurses defines school nursing as:
A specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and lifelong achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning.
As a member of the overall health care of all the youth in the school, the school nurse provides ongoing preventive services, identifies any potential problems, and intervention and referrals for personal health. He/she works in collaboration with the doctors and families for a successful and comprehensive health plan for the youth.
School nursing is a specialized practice of nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and lifelong achievement and health of students. Keeping children healthy, safe, in school, and ready to learn should be a top priority for both healthcare and educational systems.
Direct Care. The school nurse treats injuries and acute illnesses, as well as managing special health care needs for applicable children.
Health Care Leadership. The school nurse develops a health care plan for the children while they are at school, assesses the overall plan and communicates to others on the children’s health care team.
Health Screenings & Referrals. The school nurse screens children for possible medical problems that affect their education and health care plan. If any issues are identified, they are shared with the child’s family and/or physicians.
Promotes Healthy Environment. The school nurse ensures the safety of the entire student body by monitoring immunizations and monitoring and reporting the existence of any communicable or contagious diseases. He/she is also responsible for monitoring emotional and psychological issues, like bullying and suicide prevention.
Health Education. The school nurse provides information and education on health areas such as nutrition, exercise, smoking, sexual diseases and substance abuse.
Administers Healthy Policies. The school nurse develops and implements policies as they pertain to the health and welfare of the student body.
Healthcare Liaison. The school nurse coordinates and corroborates with school personnel, family, health care professionals, and the community in all the student’s health-related matters.
The importance of the school nurse cannot be minimized. Without that level of healthcare within the school environment, the overall health of many children would suffer.
Visiting Care Giving Services contracts with numerous school districts and cooperatives in Wentzville, St. Charles, St. Peters, O’Fallon, and Washington.to provide all levels of school nursing support. They provide care for medically fragile and special needs children along with the general student population.
We believe children of all levels of capability benefit from the educational setting and strive to support their complex needs in that environment. Give us a call today to discover how we can staff your school with the best nursing staff.