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 and coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential.
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 examinations, provide health counseling and referrals, 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.