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School Nursing

School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student

health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School

nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who

bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality

student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals

and communities to develop their full potential.

Adopted by the NASN Board of Directors February 2017.


Role of the School Nurse

Among many other services, school nurses maintain student health records,

perform state required health screenings, administer doctor-prescribed

medications, perform nursing assessments and procedures, respond to school

illnesses and accidents, assist Nurse Practitioners and dentists with school

examination, provide health counseling and referral, conduct health-related

classroom instruction, and serve as a parent and staff consultant in health-related

matters. Certified school nurses also participate in 504, CST and IEP meetings

and develop Individualized Health Plans (IHP's) for students in need.

School nurses do not make medical diagnoses as this is properly the function

of your child's primary health care provider.