The nurse, in cooperation with others, utilizes the school health program to contribute significantly to the attainment of the full health and educational potential of each individual student. The nurse is a contributing member of the school team and community health planning groups. The nurse is a skilled practitioner who assists with interpreting medical, social, and educational needs within the school and community. The nurse’s particular understanding of health and its effect on learning provides an invaluable aid to teachers and parents. The nurse uses ongoing assessment to help define and interpret students’ total health needs.
School nurses no longer have set school schedules. The nurses divide their time for all of the schools based on student medical needs. At that time first aid, nursing evaluation and assessment, medication administration, and health care referrals are completed. Health screenings are also organized and conducted. Nurses are also available for conversations with parents and staff.