Role of the School Nurse

  • Assess and evaluate student health
  • Assume the responsibility for assessment and triage of sick and injured children and staff
  • Student – Parent – School Personnel liaison
  • Assist in the identification and education of students with special health problems and special educational needs
  • Respond to frequently encountered health problems:
    • Nutritional concerns
    • Substance abuse
    • Child neglect and abuse
    • Teen pregnancy
  • Provide selected health services for school personnel
  • Provide programs for the prevention and control of disease
  • Coordinate health services with health education and community agencies
  • Observe school facilities and recommend modification necessary to maintain optimum health and safety of students and school personnel
  • Review and update policies/procedures
  • Screenings and examinations coordination and review:
    • Pre-school, kindergarten, grade 7 and 11 and athletic physical exams
    • Vision and hearing screening and referrals as needed
    • Postural screening grades 5 – 9
    • Interval health histories grade 4
  • Maintain accurate immunization records per state and local regulations
  • Administer medications per school department and Massachusetts Department of Public Health policy
  • Provide MDPH with monthly and end of the year reports and statistics
  • Classroom resource person
  • Individual and group health education