District 7 School Nurses

School nurses work directly with students, teachers, administrators, parents, and other related service providers to create a safe, healthy, and positive learning environment.

A student’s health status is directly related to his or her ability to learn.  Children with unmet health needs have a difficult time engaging in the educational process.  The School nurse supports student success by providing health care through assessment, intervention, and follow-up for all children within the School setting.

Responsibilities in the provision of a safe and healthy School environment include the School nurse’s monitoring of immunizations, managing communicable diseases, assessing the School environment for safety to prevent injury, and spearheading infection control measures.

School nurses provide quality health care and intervene with actual and potential health problems.  Health care for chronic and acute illness, as well as injuries in the School setting, is a major focus of the School nurse.  The School nurse is responsible for medication administration, health care procedures, the development of health care plans, and is an integral part of the special education team.

Healthy children are successful learners. The School nurse has a multi-faceted role within the School setting, one that supports the physical, mental, emotional, and social health of students and their success in the learning process.

(source:  NASN.org)