Definition of School Nursing
School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge healthcare and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential (NASN, 2020).

What Does a School Nurse Do?

  • Provides health services that increase school attendance
  • Helps prevent and control the spread of communicable disease
  • Administers specialized services to students (medications, tube feedings, insulin)
  • Verifies immunizations and examinations to keep the school in compliance with state mandates
  • Screens for hearing and vision deficits
  • Provides health professional input and direction for school and community policies and programs
  • Educates students on managing their own health and wellness
  • Assists in the evaluation of students for special education services

School District Policies and Procedures

Medical Authorization Forms
Physical Forms Action Plans
Medication Administration Form
Self Carry/Administer Form
Food Allergy Form
School Physical Form
Sports Physical Form
Asthma Action Plan
Allergy Action Plan
Seizure Action Plan
Vision Forms
Dental Forms
School Vision Form
Vision Waiver Form
School Dental Form
Dental Waiver Form
Miles of Smiles Dental Form

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Health Requirements per Grade:

  • Pre-K: Physical exam, Immunization record, Lead screening, Birth Certificate
  • Kindergarten: Physical exam, Immunization record including Dtap #5, IPV #4, MMR #2, Varicella #2, Lead screening, Birth Certificate, Dental exam, Eye exam
  • 2nd: Dental exam
  • 6th: Physical exam, Dental exam, Tdap & Meningococcal Immunizations, Proof of MMR#2 and Varicella #2 Immunizations
  • 9th: Physical exam, Dental exam, Proof of Tdap, Meningococcal, MMR #2, Varicella #2 Immunizations
  • 12th: Meningococcal #2 Immunization
  • New Student: Birth certificate, Physical Exam, Immunization Record, Eye exam if transferring from out of state

Vision Screenings:

  • Pre-K, K, 2nd, 8th grades, all Special Education students, and New students

Hearing Screenings:

  • Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd grades, all Special Education students, and New students