Algoma School District Nursing Services

Definition of a school nurse adopted by the National Association of School Nurses Feb. 2017:

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.

The Algoma School District Nursing Services include:

  • Identify and assess student health concerns which may impact learning and intervene as appropriate
  • maintain confidential student health records
  • Coordinate vision and hearing screenings as well as the schools onsite dental clinic
  • provide health counseling to students and families in the district
  • health education and promotion throughout the district
  • oversee the administration of medications by school staff throughout the district
  • train staff providing delegated nursing tasks
  • creation and coordination with students, parents, and staff regarding individual and emergency health plans
  • provision of referrals to community agencies
  • development and maintenance of nursing and health-related policies and procedures for our district including emergency care, illness/injury prevention and medication administration
  • participation in IEP, 504 and Pupil Services Team meetings, when invited
  • provision of staff development related to health needs of students and communicable diseases
  • participation in select community committee and advisory groups
  • collaboration with families and health agencies regarding student immunizations
  • act as a school/community/health care provider liason
  • collaboration with the local health departments in communicable disease control and intervention
  • collaboration with community partners for the provision of prevention programs and health lessons
  • to attain knowledge and competency that reflects current school nursing practice.