The office of the School Nurse is responsible for a number of different activities. The School Nurse provides direct care to students and school staff who have injuries or acute illness during the school day. The School Nurse oversees the administration of medication, which includes verifying orders from the doctor, obtaining the medication from the parent, training school staff on proper medication administration techniques, and managing the records of when medications are given.
The School Nurse is also responsible for screening students for potential health issues (ie. vision and hearing) that could interfere with proper learning; when deficits are found the School Nurse will do a referral for the student to get the follow-up care they need to maximize their learning potential. The School Nurse works with classroom teachers and other staff to help identify and manage students who have chronic health care needs that may affect educational achievement. As required by the Vermont Department of Health, the School Nurse monitors and verifies the immunization status of the students, and reports this to the Department of Health yearly for tracking purposes.
The School Nurse is responsible as well for reporting to the state Department of Health any infectious disease outbreaks that are seen in the school. The School Nurse works with the administration and school staff to develop systems and/or plans for managing urgent or emergent situations. The School Nurse collaborates with classroom teachers to help provide comprehensive health education. Overall, the goal of the School Nurse is to act as a liaison between the school, the families of the students, the health care professionals who take care of students outside of the school, and the community as a whole, to help promote health and wellness for all.