In 1999, the National Association of School Nurses Board of Directors defined school nursing as:
A specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self management, self advocacy, and learning.
Inherent in this definition is the framework that school nurses engage in professional nursing practice, use the nursing process for decision-making, document the care they provide, and assure confidentiality. Professional nurses address the physical, mental, emotional, and social health of their clients. In addition, professional school nurses have as the ultimate outcome of their practice, the support of student success in the learning process. In this context the school nurse provides services to the entire school population, which may include infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, children with special needs, traditional school populations, and, to a limited degree, adults within the school community.
ROLE OF THE SCHOOL NURSE
Seven roles of the school nurse have evolved from this definition.
- The school nurse provides direct health care to students and staff.
- The school nurse provides leadership for the provision of health services.
- The school nurse provides screening and referral for health conditions.
- The school nurse promotes a healthy school environment.
- The school nurse promotes health.
- The school nurse serves in a leadership role for health policies and programs.
- The school nurse serves as a liaison between school personnel, family, community, and health care providers.
The school nurse may take on additional roles to meet the needs of the school community.
Healthy children are successful learners. The school nurse has a multi-faceted role within the school setting, one that supports the physical, mental, emotional, and social health of students and their success in the learning process.
Source: The National Association of School Nurses 2006 www.nasn.org
Administration of Medicine
Randolph County School System have a written policy to assure the safe administration of medication to students during the school day. If your child must have medication of any type given during school hours, including over-the-counter drugs, you have the following choices:
(1) You may come to school and give the medication to your child at the appropriate time(s).
(2) You may obtain a copy of the Request for Administration of Medication form from the school nurse, school secretary or download a copy of the form from the link below. Take the form to your child's doctor and have him/her complete the Medicine Request Form by listing the medications needed, dosage, and number of times per day the medication is to be administered. This form must be completed by the physician for both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The form must be signed by the doctor and by the parent/guardian. Prescription medicines must be brought to school by the parent/guardian in a pharmacy-labeled bottle, which contains instructions on how and when the medication is to be given. Over-the-counter drugs must be received in the original container and will be administered according to the doctor's written instruction.
(3) You may discuss with your doctor an alternative schedule for administering medication (i.e. outside of school hours).
(4) A new medication form must be completed each school year. School personnel will not administer any medications to students unless they have received a medciation form properly completed and signed by both the doctor and parent/guardian, and the medication has been received in an appropriately labeled container. In fairness to those giving the medication and to protect the safety of your child, there will be NO exceptions to this policy. If you have questions about the policy, or other issues related to the administration of medications in the schools, please contact the school nurse at the school your child attends.
Thank you for your cooperation.