Definition of School Nursing
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, 2018).
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 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 and staff on managing their own health and wellness
- Assists in the evaluation of students for special education services
The School Nurse: Better Health. Better Learning.
llinois School Physical Form Physical exams are required for students entering preschool, kindergarten, 6th grade, and for students entering an Illinois school for the first time.
Certificate of Religious Exemption - required for students whose parents claim a religious objection to receiving vaccines.
Illinois Dental Exam Form Dental exams are required for students in kindergarten, second, and sixth grades
Illinois Eye Exam Form Vision exams are required for students in kindergarten and for students entering an Illinois school for the first time.
Asthma Action Plan This form is required for students with asthma.
Seizure Action Plan This form is recommended for students with seizure disorder, but a form from your health care provider will also be acceptable.
Medication Authorization Form This form is required to be completed for administration of medication in school. The use of inhalers for asthma do not require a physician's order but do require the prescription label and written parent permission on the back of the medication authorization form.
Food Allergy Action Plan The form must be completed by a licensed health care provider and the parent/guardian. It is the parent/guardian responsibility to submit the form and the emergency medication to the school health office prior to the student attending school.
New Lenox School District Board Policies
- New Lenox School District Food Allergy Policy 7:285
- New Lenox School District Health, Eye, and Dental Examinations and exclusion of students for lack of compliance with examinations. 7:100
- Administering Medications to Students 7:270
- Communicable and Chronic Infectious Disease 7:280
- Food Allergy Management 7:285
- Student Athlete Concussions and Head Injuries 7:305
New Lenox School District Procedures
When to keep your child home from school - p. 39
Asthma - p.40
Food Allergies - p. 40
Epinephrine in School p. 41
P.E. Excuses p. 42
Vision & Hearing Screening p. 42
Communicable Disease Management p. 42
Medication administration - p. 43
Health Exam Requirements - p. 45
Concussions & head injuries - p. 46
The School Nurses of New Lenox School District follow the recommended practices and procedures of the Illinois Department of Public Health, which are set forth by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Nurse Practice Act.
Staying home - A child should stay home for 24 hours after any of the following have occurred:
1. Fever of 100 degrees or above
2. Vomiting or diarrhea