“Healthy Children Learn Better”
Swampscott Public Schools’ Health Services
School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the health of students so they may live healthy lives and maximize their academic potential. The nurse acts as a link between home and school concerning health issues.
Role of School Nurse:
- Assesses health care needs of students, and provides appropriate nursing services and medical intervention.
- Provides Emergency Services and First Aid when necessary.
- Establishes Health Care Plans for students’ needs and health components for the Individualized Education Plan.
- Maintains a Cumulative Health Record- assuring a current health record is kept on file in the Health Office for each student, which includes: medical and immunization history, physical exam forms, and Emergency Contact Information form.
- Monitors and keeps current documentation to ensure compliance with mandated immunization policies.
- Documents screening results and sends referrals to physicians if results do not meet standards.
- Provides information and referrals for uninsured children and their families.
- Assists in the prevention and control of communicable diseases.
- Provides safe administration of prescribed treatment and medication.
- Provides health education/ counseling to students and staff that will prevent disease and promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles.
- Refers to parents, teachers and health care providers as needed to assure that each student’s needs are met.
- Advocates for the health rights of the students with special needs as well as those of the entire student body.
- Acts as a resource to students, school personnel, and parents.
- Assists in Emergency Preparedness.