What is School Nursing?
School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential. Adopted by the NASN Board of Directors February 2017.
CV nurses believe in the following foundations
- Every student has the right to all educational opportunities that will allow him/her to strive for personal excellence, while becoming caring and contributing citizens in a global community.
- Every student has the right to a level of health that permits maximum utilization of those educational opportunities.
- Parents and guardians have full responsibility for the health of their children; school nurses collaborate with parents and guardians in providing health services to their children while in school.
- The school health program, through the components of health services, health education, and concern for the environment, provides knowledge and understanding on which to base decisions for the promotion and protection of individual, family, and community health.
- The appropriate roles of the school nurse in the school health program include: manager of school health care, delivery of health services, advocate for the rights of children, counselor for health concerns of children, families, and staff as well as educator for school/community regarding health concerns.