School Nurses…..A National Tradition Since 1902
The American Academy of Pediatrics Council on School Health (COSH) defines school health as an integration of wellness, safety, growth, learning, and development in the lives of school-aged children and adolescents within the context of their school, and with the coordinated alliance of the family and the medical home. A Coordinated school health program is also recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a strategy for improving students’ health and learning in schools across America. Coordinated School Health includes eight interrelated components: health education, physical education, health services, counseling, psychological and social services, nutrition services, healthy and safe school environment, health promotions for staff, and family and community involvement. The goal is to help young people establish healthy lifestyle behaviors and choices to increase health and well-being and reduce disease.
The Health Services Program provides coordinated school-based nursing services to ensure the delivery of quality individualized health services for students to facilitate daily school attendance and enhance academic achievement. School-based nursing service allocations are data-driven based on the number of students with documented health conditions, required therapeutic physician ordered treatments for individual students during school hours, and school enrollment.
The Health Services Program is staffed by Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses. Below are some of the services that may be provided:
- Conducts regular vision, hearing, dental and scoliosis screenings of students and facilitates referrals for students requiring more in-depth evaluation.
- Identifies health problems that may interfere with learning and coordinates treatment referrals.
- Provides first aid, emergency care and prescribed medical treatments for children during the school day.
- Promotes the health and safety of all children by teaching and counseling them concerning the prevention of disease, illness and injury.
- Immunization surveillance for compliance with State requirements.
Parents and Community
- Consults with parents concerning the identified health needs of their children and provide advice and referral assistance.
- Provides preventive health education and guidance to parents and information concerning community health resources.
- Functions as an advocate for parents by identifying and seeking to eliminate health/safety hazards within the school environment.
- Assists parents and their physicians with the proper administration of prescribed medical treatments by providing staff training, monitoring and direct services as needed.
- Serves as a health education resource person for lesson planning in health and safety.
- Conducts in-service workshops with employees concerning the prevention, identification and treatment of communicable/transmittable diseases and other health threats.
- Informs teachers of health conditions of individual students and what their role will be in the overall treatment plan.
- Promotes the health and well-being of school personnel through counseling and consultation.
For more information contact :Dr. Michael-Rene GodfreyComprehensive Health Services Manager130 Trinity Avenue, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303