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Name: School Nurse
Description: School nursing is 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.
Diagnoses: Medically fragile, injuries
Practice roles: School nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse supervisor, manager
Characteristics: Caring for children and long-term relationships, professional autonomy and independence, regular hours, teaching wellness
Client age group: School-age (K-12) children, adult staff
Drawbacks: Excessive paperwork, heavy workload
Desirable skills: Self-motivated, strong communication skills
Education: RN with AD, Diploma, or BSN (preferred)
Employers: School boards, public health departments, private schools
National Board for Certification of School Nurses
P.O. Box 1300
Scarborough, ME 04070-1300
Phone: 207-883-2117
Fax: 207-883-2683
National Association of School Nurses, Inc.
PO Box 1300 Lamplighter Ln.
Scarborough, ME 04070-1300
Journal of School Nursing
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