Role of the School Nurse

 21st Century School Nursing Practice

"School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students.  To that end, school nurses facilitate positive students responses to natural development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning."
The Definition of School Nursing/The National Association of School Nurses

The Duties and Responsibilities of the School Nurse:

  • Serves as coordinator of comprehensive health services
  • Delegates selected nursing tasks to other competent personnel and provides training and supervision of such
  • Coordinates and communicates health care information between students, staff, family and physician
  • Develops Individualized Health Care Plans and Emergency Care Plans for students with acute or chronic health problems
  • Counsels students, parents and staff regarding health development and psycho-social concerns
  • Provides health screenings as designated by state regulations, i.e., vision, hearing, blood pressure, scoliosis, heights and weight
  • Participates in the identification, referral and health appraisal of students with the Child Study Team
  • Participates in identifying students needing 504 plans and participates in the development of a comprehensive plan
  • Submits data and reports to state agencies related to immunzations, TB testing and employee injuries
  • Maintains accurate records of all nursing care provided
  • Teaches health education and promotes wellness activities
  • Provides assessment and care of onsite injuries and illness
-New Jersey State School Nurses Association