Role of the School Nurse
The goal of the School Nurse is to work closely with parents, health care providers, school staff and others to coordinate the health care of the student and the school community. School Nurses also provide direct health services to students and as needed, train and delegate to unlicensed personnel who work with students identified as having complex medical needs.
School Nurses develop health care plans to ensure the safety of students with significant health concerns, ensure immunizations are compliant with State law, assist with screenings and provide overall health guidance at school. School Nurses are an integral part of the Special Education Team and are responsible for a portion of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) that pertains to the students' health and participate in developing IEP accommodations related to health needs. This includes the responsibility for students needing 504 plans written in accordance with Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act for a medical reason.
Role of the Health Room Staff
All schools have a Health Room staff person who carries out health-related duties during the day. Other staff members help fill this role in their absence. The Health Services Department provides oversight of Health Room staff and other unlicensed school personnel who are trained to respond to the immediate health needs of students. Typically, Health Room staff and other staff members are not medical professionals but all have First Aid/CPR and AED training.