Healthy Students are Successful Learners
School nursing is a specialized practice area within nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, achievement, and health of students.
What is the Role of a School Nurse?
What Services May Be Provided by School Nurses?
- School nurses promote the normal growth and development and positive well-being of students.
- School nurses provide leadership in promoting health and safety at school.
- School nurses provide quality health care and intervene with actual and potential health problems.
- School nurses use nursing judgment in providing case management services of student health concerns.
- School nurses work with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self -advocacy, and learning.
- The school nurse may take on additional roles as needed to meet the needs of the school and community
- Providing emergency nursing services » Monitoring of contagious diseases
- Screenings for vision, hearing, blood pressure, dental and mental health disorders
- Planning for the health care needs of students with chronic health conditions
- Providing health education for students, parents, school staff and the community
- Coordinating student health, with medical and community health services
- Developing and assisting in the implementation of health policies and procedures
- Developing a plan and practicing for emergencies that may occur in the school
(Adapted from the National Association of School Nurses Role of the School Nurse [NASN], 2010