School Nurses are a Vital Part of the Student’s Healthcare Team
- work collaboratively with parents and physicians to plan the care of the student while in school.
- are better prepared and educated than lay staff to assess-monitor-detect injury and illness, and to monitor disease outbreaks in the student population.
- provide the competent caring hands and a confident calming voice which bring immediate comfort to a frightened child who is ill or injured.
- are in direct support of the school's first mission to efficiently educate every child. 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.
- are often the only healthcare provider seen by many students with social inequality.
- provide services required by Section 504 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA), including medical advisory services, participating as a member of the 504/Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams, and educating staff.
- assist in meeting student accommodations required for Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
- advocate for the Health and Well-being of Students.
School Nurses Advocate for the Health and Well-being of Students
Healthy Living through Environment, Policy and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) Program: School Nurses
Utah Department of Health (UDOH)
BettySue Hinkson, MSN RN NCSN
Utah School Nurse Consultant
Cell Phone: (801) 419-1078 | E-mail
UDOH Office: (801) 538-6814