School Nurses are committed to students' health and safety through the establishment of our comprehensive school health programs. In ISD 318, each school has a RN or LPN Building Nurse assigned to provide health services under the direction of the Licensed School Nurse.
It is the role of the Licensed School Nurse to identify student health needs, decide the appropriate action, determine how the plan will be implemented and evaluate the student's progress. The Licensed School Nurse and Building Nurse Team is responsible for the overall management of the health offices. This includes:
- scheduling vision, hearing, and scoliosis screening according to state/district guidelines;
- maintaining health records, including immunization records according to state law;
- working with school staff to understand individual student health needs;
- being a liaison between home, school, and health care needs as they relate to their health and educational plans (IHP, 504, IEP); and
- function as a member of the student support services team (social worker, psychologist, counselor and administration).
The Licensed School Nurse is also available to provide referral information regarding community resources for health concerns. Under supervision of the Licensed School Nurse, the Building Nurses provide routine first aid and daily administration of medication (when prescribed by a physician). It is the Building Nurse who acts as a liaison between the health office and the home by contacting parents when a student becomes ill or is injured during the school day. The Building Nurse consults with the Licensed School Nurse when there is an emergency, when there is need for physical assessment of an illness or an injury or for non-routine health concerns that may arise during the school day.
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