The goal of the school nurses is to promote the health and wellbeing of students so they can have academic success at school.
As school nurses, Mrs. Elliott and Mrs. Hicks use their nursing education and many years of medical experience to assess students’ physical and emotional needs. They provide first aid and administer medications if prescribed by a physician. They manage many different chronic health conditions such as diabetes, seizures, asthma, heart conditions, and many others. They create care plans for students with serious chronic health conditions and educate the students’ teachers about their diseases. The school nurses offer vision, hearing, and dental screenings throughout the school year. They also enjoy time in the classroom teaching students about a variety of health topics, such as puberty, HIV-AIDS, and “hand only” CPR. The school nurses spend countless hours assessing students’ immunization status and making sure all students have current immunization records. They create various reports for their principals, superintendents, and their health offices.
In addition to caring for students, the school nurses care for many faculty members in the school system. They also educate faculty by providing CPR and First Aid classes, diabetes management classes, and by providing other health related health in-services throughout the school year.