School nurses are in the unique position to provide the critical link between the educational system, students, families, communities and health care. School nurses are responsible for the day to day health of all students so they can participate in the classroom setting and learn to their maximum potential. School nurses provide assessments and interventions of illness and injuries that occur at school. They perform health screenings and appropriate referrals, administer and monitor medications, monitor immunization compliance, and provide prevention education, health education and counseling. The school nurse is also part of the school crisis team that responds to individual students and staff crises and the team that plans for school wide crises and emergencies. The nurse is also part of the multi-disciplinary team which intervenes and assists students to achieve their full academic potential.
Sarah Larson, R.N.