School Nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that identifies and addresses medical conditions that may impact the scholar's ability to achieve the District's performance standards (NASN 2020). The Cleveland Metropolitan School Nurses are essential members of the educational team.
Our mission is to foster the growth, development and educational achievement of all scholars by promoting health and wellness in a safe, supportive environment. We are committed to meeting the health needs of individual scholars through collaboration with public and private agencies and health care providers. We advocate for scholars, their families and the school community. School nurses are active members of the educational team and support the District's strategic plan aimed at increasing student success, implementing effective instructional strategies, strengthening resources for diverse populations and more.
Preparation and Responsibilities
Requires a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license from the Ohio State Board of Nursing
Adheres to the standard of School Nursing Practice as stated by the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) state laws, rules and regulations.
CMSD requires that all nurses have a license from the Ohio Dept. Of Education in School Nursing
The primary role of the School Nurse is to support the scholar's health and academic success. The School Nurse is the link between school, scholar, families, health care and other community providers. The School Nurse is the leader in serving as the coordinator of all school health programs and has a key role in WHOLE SCHOOL, WHOLE COMMUNITY and WHOLE CHILD (WSCC) approach (https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/wscc/index.htm)
Services Provided by the School Nurse
Assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of scholars' physical and mental health concerns.
Paricipating in Individual Educational Plan development and academic team meetings.
Performing pediatric nursing procedures such as: gastrostomy feedings, trecheostomy care, catheritizations, medication administration and other medically deemed procedures within the scope of practice.
Screening for health factors impacting scholar education and refer to healthcare providers.
Monitoring of immunizations, excluding scholars with infectious diseases and monitoring he school environment for safety.
Education to promote healthy choices: prevention of teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, tobacco use, vaping, alcohol and substance abuse.
Case management of chronic diseases (such as asthma, diabetes and sickle cell anemia): working with scholars, families, staff and other healthcare providers.
Creation of individualized Nursing Care Plans and care for scholars with disabilities and/or health conditions that interfere with the learning process.
A member of the Crisis Response Team
Contributing to CMSD health policies, goals and objectives.
Providing first aid and emergency care.
Coordinating outside agencies with CMSD.
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