School Nurses are a Vital Part of the Student’s Healthcare Team
- School nurses work collaboratively with parents and physicians to plan the care of the student while in school.
- School nurses are better prepared and educated than lay staff to assess-monitor-detect injury and illness, and to monitor disease outbreaks in the student population.
- School nurses provide the competent caring hands and a confident calming voice which bring immediate comfort to a frightened child who is ill or injured.
- Approximately 1 in 20 children (about 1 per classroom) have a chronic medical condition that requires skilled supervision. Burdening the classroom teacher with the added responsibility of monitoring children's health status distracts that teacher from teaching, contributes to teacher burn-out, and is not in the best interest of the children. A school nurse is in direct support of the school's first mission to efficiently educate every child.
- The School Nurse is often the only healthcare provider seen by many students with social inequality
- School nurses provide services required by Section 504 and IDEIA (Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act), including medical advisory services, participating as a member of the 504/IEP teams, and educating staff.
- School Nurses assist in meeting student accommodations required for Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
School Nurses Advocate for the Health and Well-being of Students
Utah Department of Health
BettySue Hinkson, MSN RN NCSN
Utah School Nurse Consultant
Cell Phone: (801) 419-1078 | E-mail
UDOH Office: (801) 538-6814
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