School nurses are an integral part of our education system. They play a critical role in the overall wellbeing and health of school-aged children across the country. The provide daily care for a wide range of health needs and utilize a vast array of nursing skills, planning skills, and homemade gumption based on their medical knowledge and experience. School nurses follow federal, state and district statutes, as well as adopt core values and ethical codes of their profession. Evidence based research affirms the value of a school nurse to the education process, through results regarding improved attendance, immunization compliance, management of chronic health conditions, emergency preparedness, and cost effectiveness. Also covered in this paper is an overview of the history, statistics, myths, staffing concerns, challenges, and collaborative partnerships of the school nurse.

Keywords:school nurse, chronic health conditions, accommodation, collaboration

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2020

Senior Project Advisor

Scott Douglas, PhD

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Human Services

Document Type