Role of the 21st Century School Nurse
A student’s health is directly related to his or her ability to learn. Children with unmet health needs have a difficult time engaging in the educational process. The school nurse supports student success by providing health care through assessment, intervention, and follow-up for all children within the school setting. The school nurse addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social health needs of students and supports their achievement in the learning process.
School Nurse Definition - 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 health care 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. Adopted by the NASN Board of Directors February 2017.
Vermont's School Entry Immunization Rule sets minimum immunization requirements for attendance at regulated child care programs, public and independent K-12 schools, and colleges to protect students, staff, and visitors against vaccine-preventable diseases. Please click the link below to be directed to the Vermont Department of Health Immunization requirements.
Hearing & Vision Testing
- Each year, we are required to conduct a hearing and vision screening on certain grades. The grades that we provide hearing screenings are Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, and 5th grade. In addition, we provide vision screening to Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade, 9th grade, and 12th grade.
- It is important to remember that this is a screening and is not at all diagnostic. If your child does not pass our vision and hearing screening, you will receive a notice via phone call and a referral level that will state more testing is needed.
What does the School Nurse do?
- Keep students healthy, safe, and ready to learn
- Case management
- Chronic disease management
- Support students, family, and the school community
- Disease prevention
- Environmental health
- Health promotion
- Screenings, referral, and follow up
- Disease surveillance
- Health education