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Who is the School Nurse?
- A registered nurse (RN) licensed to practice nursing by the New York State Board of Nursing.
- A professional who practices in accordance with current state laws and professional standards of School Nursing as defined by the National Association of School Nurses (NASN)
- A nursing professional who advocates for children's health and safety within the educational setting.
- Please note that in accordance with New York State Laws, a registered nurse cannot diagnose patients; only a medical doctor can.
What expertise does the School Nurse have?
- Pediatric, public health and mental health nursing with keen health promotion, assessment and referral skills.
- Knowledge of educational and health laws which impact children.
- Specific strategies for the delivery of health education.
What services does the School Nurse provide?
- Illness, injury and mental health assessments and interventions
- Identification, assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation of student health concerns.
- Health assessments during nursing visits.
- Vision, hearing and scoliosis screenings.
- Specialized pediatric nursing procedures.
- Chronic disease management.
- Administration of medication.
- Immunization compliance.
- Health curriculum recommendations.
- Member of the crisis team; member of the health and safety team.
- Health education and patient teaching.
- Training unlicensed personnel with acceptable delegated tasks as governed by the State of New York.
- Nutrition recommendations.
- Acts as a liaison within the school community / health care providers.
What difference does a school nurse make?
- Health issues are minimized, which have a direct impact on classroom success.
- Health concerns are addressed from teachers and support staff.
- Parents' have reasonable reassurance that their child's health needs are appropriately managed during the school day.
- A healthy and safe environment for students and staff is ensured in collaboration with school administrators.