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    Nurse


    Please ask about  free and low-cost vision and dental resources.
    ~ Bonnie Sandahl, School Nurse

    What does a school nurse do?

    School nurses are trained to provide on-site services that are culturally sensitive, focused on prevention and wellness, and to be effective outreach and medical liaisons between the school, students, family, and health care providers. They act as educational catalysts by helping to promote, plan, and implement successful school-wide programs to improve learning readiness.

    Each Seattle Public Schools' school nurse has completed a four-year bachelor's degree in nursing, holds a current Registered Nurse license, and is required to have a Washington State Educational Staff Associate (ESA) certificate. Many school nurses have advanced degrees and additional health education training. Seattle school nurses are also required to hold valid American Red Cross CPR and First Aid cards. Comprehensive preparation is increasingly important as more and more students are attending school with severe and/or life-threatening medical conditions (e.g. asthma, diabetes, and food allergies), injuries, or birth defects.

    Besides caring for students who become injured or ill at school, school nurses also:

    • conduct state-mandated vision, hearing and scoliosis screening
    • act on direction from the Health Department to prevent communicable diseases and respond to disease outbreaks
    • develop emergency care plans for life-threatening situations such as bee stings or peanut allergies
    • conduct health assessments for students being evaluated for special education's Individual Educational Plan (IEP)
    • provide input and training to school staff regarding the needs of technologically assisted students
    • contribute to accommodation plans that allow students with substantial disabilities to have equal access to education