a. Possess a valid Mississippi Nursing
b. Possess a minimum of one
year of work experience in the health care area
c. Possess good verbal and written
organizational and time management skills, and the ability to communicate well
with children, parents, school faculty and administration
e. Possess the ability to work independently
according to all nursing practice standards
f. Such alternatives to the above
qualifications as the District School Board may find appropriate and acceptable
The major focus of school nursing services is the prevention
of illness and disabilities and the early detection and correction of health
The school nurse promotes and protects the health status of
students and staff through functions in all areas of Coordinated School Health.
Provide health assessments
a) Obtain a health history
b) Screen and evaluate vision, hearing,
scoliosis, dental and others as directed
c) Observe students as required for
development and health patterns/concerns.
d) Participate in school registration process
to procure parental consent and health insurance information
implement health plans and procedures
Maintain a confidential cumulative health record for each student
b) Interpret the health status of students to
parents and school personnel.
Initiate and follow referrals for intervention and/or remediation
d) Plan and implement health management
protocols and modification of school programs and environment.
Provide direct nursing
a) Administer appropriate level
of first aid for illness and injury, including CPR
b) Administer/supervise medication and
monitor the effects.
individual health counseling concerning high-risk behaviors.
d) Perform skilled nursing functions
Provide health education for
students, staff and parents
a) Coordinate and
participate in student support groups and activities.
b) Promote and interpret health careers which
may include participation of school in allied health programs.
c) Teach health topics as outlined in the
Mississippi Comprehensive Health Framework which will include but not be
limited to tobacco, alcohol and substance abuse prevention
Serve as a resource person in health
a) Participate in health curriculum
planning and evaluation.
drop-out prevention programs
HEALTHY SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT
i. Recommend provisions for a safe, healthy
ii. Serve on
school committees to develop and implement safety programs.
iii. Promote and assist in control of
that each student complies with the immunization requirements of the State of
v. Confirm that
students have medical emergency cards on file.
vi. Participate in wellness
i. Promote healthy physical
education, sports policies and practices
ii. Serve as a health resource to the
physical education staff
i. Support healthy food service programs.
ii. Serve as a health resource to
school food service staff
COUNSELING, PSYCHOLOGICAL & SOCIAL
i. Provide crisis intervention for
ii. Counsel students as needed
HEALTH PROMOTION FOR STAFF
i. Screen and counsel school employees as
influenza vaccinations for staff upon request.
iii. Provide staff with in-service training
programs on health-related issues
i. Work with agencies and civic clubs in
providing assistance to indigent children
ii. Make home visits as necessary
COLLECT DATA AS
ESTABLISHED BY THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION/OFFICE OF HEALTHY
SCHOOLS AND REPORT TO SAME ENTITY MONTHLY (See Program Evaluation &
ATTEND ANNUAL TRAINING MEETING SPONSORED BY THE MISSISSIPPI
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION/OFFICE OF HEALTHY SCHOOLS
i. It is the position of the Mississippi
Board of Nursing that the scope of practice of the school nurse requires the
knowledge of the RN (Registered Nurse). A LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) may
not function in the role of "school nurse."
ii. A Licensed Practical Nurse working in the
school setting is functioning within her scope when she is working under the
direct supervision of a RN who is either physically present on the premises or
available at all times to the LPN.