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Who is the School Nurse?

  • A registered nurse (RN) licensed to practice nursing by the New York State Board of Nursing.
  • A professional who practices in accordance with current state laws and professional standards of School Nursing as defined by the National Association of School Nurses (NASN)
  • A nursing professional who advocates for children's health and safety within the educational setting.
  • Please note that in accordance with New York State Laws, a registered nurse cannot diagnose patients; only a medical doctor can.

What expertise does the School Nurse have?

  • Pediatric, public health and mental health nursing with keen health promotion, assessment and referral skills.
  • Knowledge of educational and health laws which impact children.
  • Specific strategies for the delivery of health education.

What services does the School Nurse provide?

  • Illness, injury and mental health assessments and interventions
  • Identification, assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation of student health concerns.
  • Health assessments during nursing visits.
  • Vision, hearing and scoliosis screenings.
  • Specialized pediatric nursing procedures.
  • Chronic disease management.
  • Administration of medication.
  • Immunization compliance.
  • Health curriculum recommendations.
  • Member of the crisis team; member of the health and safety team.
  • Health education and patient teaching.
  • Training unlicensed personnel with acceptable delegated tasks as governed by the State of New York.
  • Nutrition recommendations.
  • Acts as a liaison within the school community / health care providers.

What difference does a school nurse make?

  • Health issues are minimized, which have a direct impact on classroom success.
  • Health concerns are addressed from teachers and support staff.
  • Parents' have reasonable reassurance that their child's health needs are appropriately managed during the school day.
  • A healthy and safe environment for students and staff is ensured in collaboration with school administrators.