The role of the School Nurse is to eliminate and/or minimize health/medical barriers to education. This is done through assessment, treatment, evaluation and keeping students in school, in class and ready to learn.
Just as teachers use assessments to determine how a student is progressing, nurses use “Assessments” to evaluate a student’s health assessing for fever, blood pressure, blood sugar, vision, hearing, emergencies, injury, mental health, medication reaction etc. These assessments are what nurses use daily to make clinical decisions about whether a student stays in school, goes home with a parent and/or is transported 911.
School nurses are instrumental in the identification and referral to community resources for health risks and are often the only health professional that sees students on a regular basis. School nurses influence attendance by helping to identify health issues causing absenteeism and developing interventions that allow a student to be able to attend school, which influences achievement and graduation rates. Promoting wellness and injury prevention through health education for students is just one way school nurses are an essential arm of public health.
School Nurses work collaborative with all school staff and parents to help support the students needs at school and provide a safe healthy environment to learn. School nurses are crucial to children’s mental health. School nursing services allow faculty and school leaders to teach and lead.