School Nurses: Roles and Responsibilities in the School Setting
As a new school nurse, Mr. Logan set out to obtain more information about his role—including how to meet the healthcare needs of students who have Section 504 plans and IEPs. In order to serve all of his students, Mr. Logan:
- Promotes health education for all students
- Provides a variety of healthcare services based on his students’ needs
- Participates in meetings to develop Section 504 plans and IEPs
- Provides services based on decisions made during these meetings
- Knows how to access evidence-based information about disabilities and about related healthcare needs
- Advocates for his students and educates others about his roles in order to promote communication and awareness among his colleagues
- Collaborates with families, school personnel, and community professionals
Listen as Christy Brookshire gives some final thoughts about being a school nurse (time: 1:36).
Christy Brookshire, RN
Sonoraville High School
Revisiting Initial Thoughts
Think back to your responses to the Initial Thoughts questions at the beginning of this module. After working through the Perspectives & Resources, do you still agree with those responses? If not, what aspects about them would you change?
What are Mr. Logan’s roles and responsibilities, and what types of services should he provide in a school setting?
What additional information would be important for Mr. Logan to know as a school nurse?
To educate teachers and others about the roles of school nurses, visit the IRIS Module:
- Working With Your School Nurse: What General Education Teachers Should Do to Promote Educational Success for Students with Health Needs.
When you are ready, proceed to the Assessment section.