CLINICAL GUIDELINES for SCHOOL NURSES
A unique resource that supports professional nursing judgment and provides expert guidance to aid sound, consistent policy for your evidence-based practice.
- Researched, written, edited and reviewed by experienced school nurses and school nurse consultants to provide a solution.
- Supports professional nursing judgment with the most current evidenced-based sources/references.
- Provides expert guidance to aid sound policy and consistent practice.
- Minimize risk and liability with written guidelines that standardize assessment and care.
- Format and language aids nurse’s communication with school administrators and local healthcare providers.
- Created specifically for school nurses as a quick reference.
Each of the 107 Guidelines includes in a concise format:
SIGNS and SYMPTOMS
“School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement and health of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety including a healthy environment; 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” (NASN, 2010) . School nursing services uniquely address health and safety needs of students individually but also in populations, and as a subspecialty of community/public health nursing.
School nurses’ work focuses directly on three areas: health services, health education, and the school environment. Their services require diverse knowledge including, but not limited to, pediatric/adolescent health, infectious diseases, mental health, chronic diseases, and emergency care. They can influence health and safety aspects of schools and can provide leadership to a district’s or campus’ coordinated school health program that in addition to health services, health education, and the school environment addresses mental health and social services, nutrition services, physical activity, family and community involvement, and/or staff health promotion.
The school nurse guidelines were developed through cooperative efforts of school nurses and physicians. We strongly recommend a similar process at the district or system level with adaptations that account for state laws and regulations as well as the unique needs of students in a school district. The registered nurse plans student health services, but vocational/practical nurses, or unlicensed staff such as office personnel or clinic assistants may perform certain tasks within state nursing practice guidelines. The registered nurse is responsible for training persons assigned to perform a delegated nursing task, monitoring their performance, and ensuring their compliance with the procedures. State school nurse consultants are an invaluable resource regarding laws, regulations and nurse practice acts in each state.
Regardless of the arrangement, it is sound medico-legal practice for the school nurse to have written guidelines to standardize assessment and management decisions. Such guidelines with physician consultation complement professional school nursing practice standards and the nursing process and should incorporate accepted injury and pediatric care recommendations.
DESCRIPTION OF SCHOOL NURSE GUIDELINES
We offer an outline format so that important features of each condition and guidelines for action can be seen at a glance. Each guideline includes a definition/etiology of the disease or condition, presenting signs and symptoms, management strategies and follow-up. This format provides the registered nurse a quick reference for student care and offers information to educate and train staff that may assist the school nurse.
Registered nurses apply their professional skills and judgment in the management of each individual case, but each school and district/system should provide care for all students in a consistent manner guided by local policies and procedures, e.g., criteria for referral or exclusion and return to class.
Usual procedures, such as Standard (Universal) Precautions, parent notification, record keeping, confidentiality, etc. may not be repeated in all guidelines but is understood to be a standard practice.
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Publication Date: 2015
Publisher: School Health Alert
Soft Cover: 334 pages, 8.5x11
ISBN 13: 0-978-0-9792497-3-0