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School Health Team

The School Health Team consists of nurses, health room aides, and clerks working together to promote and protect the health, safety, and well being of students in Sarasota County.

Registered Nurses

A registered nurse is assigned to each of the public schools in Sarasota County. Funding for school nurses is a collaborative effort between the school board of Sarasota, Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County , State of Florida and Community partnerships. Not every school in Sarasota has a full time school nurse depending on the special needs of their student population. School nurses enhance health within the school and community by providing health appraisals, nursing assessments, periodic health screenings, health counseling, referral and follow-up of suspected or confirmed health problems, emergency health services, and promoting activities to reduce risk-taking behaviors. School nurses work with school personnel and clerical staff to assure that all students meet the mandated requirements for immunization and physical examination documentation. Health education is conducted by the school nurse in both formal classroom presentations and informal small group or one on one sessions. School nurses collaborate with parents, teachers, social workers, and other health care providers to develop care plans, share available health resources, and identify the need for health referrals to address specific health problems discovered through mandated health screenings and assessments. School nurses serve as a health resource and provide in-service education and wellness consultation for school staff

Health Room Aides

In most schools, care for students on a daily basis is provided by a Health Room Aide under the supervision of a Registered Nurse who may or may not be on campus full time.  After being trained, the Health Room Aide may dispense medication and provide first aid for minor injuries.  Parents are contacted if the student needs to leave school due to injury or illness.

Clerical Staff

School Health clerical staff coordinate and assist school nurses with state-mandated screenings at the schools and ensure that results are documented; review student health files to confirm that immunizations and physical examinations are in compliance with Florida statutes; monitor computerized health programs and provide systems training to school board and health department staff.

Why do we need school nurses?

Florida has approximately 180,000 registered nurses and licensed practical nurses with an active license who provide a range of health services for preventive care and primary care in a variety of settings.  This includes serving the students in school districts by coordinating school health services and providing health education.  Many students come to school with health needs that may interfere with their ability to learn and reach their full potential. Infections, injuries, asthma, diabetes, allergies, and emotional difficulties related to these health conditions may lead to absences from school and, in some cases, academic failure if left unattended or not addressed properly.  The school nurse is an invaluable partner in ensuring that students are healthy, safe, and prepared to learn.  According to the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), the role of the school nurse is to advance the well being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students.  To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning.  Every child deserves a school nurse!

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Last updated: 07/25/12