What Do School Nurses Do?

A School Nurse takes a leadership role in serving as the coordinator of all school health programs in the following manner:

  • Health Services - serves as coordinator of the health services program and provides nursing care.
  • Health Education - provides health education to students, staff and parents
  • Healthy Environment - identifies health and safety concerns in the school environment and promotes a nurturing school environment
  • Nutritional Services - supports health food services and programs
  • Physical Education/Activity - promotes healthy physical education, sports policies and practices
  • Counseling/Mental Health - provides health counseling, assesses mental health needs, provides interventions and refers students to appropriate school staff or community agencies
  • Staff Wellness - provides health education and counseling, promotes healthy activities and environment for school staff.

What Services Does the School Nurse Provide?

  • Illness, injury assessments and interventions
  • Identification, assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation of student health concerns
  • Chronic disease management and education
  • Health assessments/participation in individualized Education Plan development
  • Guidelines for school district health policies, goals and objectives
  • Immunization surveillance and monitors compliance with NH State immunization laws
  • Medication administration
  • Health screenings including vision and hearing
  • Nutritional, growth and development assessments
  • First aid and sick care for students and staff
  • Health education, resource for teachers in health related areas
  • Referral for health care/insurance
  • School/community/health care provider liaison.