Good health is fundamental for effective student learning and successful academic performance. School nurses promote and advocate for each student to reach their optimal level of physical, mental and social wellness.
Programs and Services:
The primary role of the school nurse is to support student learning.Certified School Nurses (CSN) in Pennsylvania hold a Bachelor's degree and an Educational Specialist Certification from the state just like a teacher. Many school nurses are Master's degree prepared nurses and/or are Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners(CRNP's).The Pennsylvania Public School Code of 1965 requires that there is one CSN for every 1,500 students.School nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development, promote health and safety, and intervene with actual, potential, and chronic illness, injuries and emotional crisis. The school nurses provide case management services while actively collaborating with other eduactors to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning.
School Health Services required in Pennsylvania
Growth screenings must be done annually on every student including measurement of Body Mass Index (BMI).
Vision screenings must be done annually on every student.
Hearing screenings must be done in grades K-3, 7 and 11.
Scoliosis screening must be done in grade 6 and 7 with follow-up in succeeding grades if indicated.
Physical examinations are required for entrance to school (grade K or 1), grade 6 and grade 11. Private exam by a family physician is recommended, but school exams are available.
Dental examinations are required for entrance to school (grade K or 1), in 3rd grade and grade 7. Private examination by a family dentist is recommended, but school exams are available.