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Role of the School Nurse in Providing School Health Services

The school nurse has a crucial role in the seamless provision of comprehensive health services to children and youth.

Increasing numbers of students enter schools with chronic health conditions that require management during the school day. The school nurse serves as a team member in providing preventive services, early identification of problems, interventions, and referrals to foster health and educational success.

To optimally care for children, preparation, ongoing education, and appropriate staffing levels of school nurses are important factors for success. School Nurses facilitate the working relationship between the school nurse and the child's medical home.

This statement has been endorsed by the National Association of School Nurses.

Source: Council on School Health, Pediatrics May 2008, 121 (5) 1052-1056; DOI:

This page was last updated on: February 23, 2022.