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