School Nurses at Work
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School nurses work with students to keep them healthy and in class, and
the school health program provides health care services for all
The program allows for nurses in each school, which, by
helping students to maintain physical health,
helps foster their
educational achievement. School nurses administer medication and assess
student illnesses and consult with parents, teachers and counselors.
Nursing services are provided through a partnership between Charles
County Public Schools and the Charles County Health Department.
accordance with Maryland law, students entering the school system, Kindergarten, first grade and eighth grade, as well as
students who are referred by teachers or parents, receive vision and
hearing screening. For more information, call 301-934-7326.
school nursing partnership formed between Charles County Public Schools
and the Health Department in 1997. The program, which started as a
pilot and expanded to all schools, provides ongoing health services to
students and staff.
More information on health service in Maryland is available on the Maryland School Health Services Website.
Role of a School Nurse
- Serves as a health advocate for your student
- Serves as a link to medical resources
- Assesses illnesses and injuries
- Delivers first-aid treatment
- Communicates with parents
- Communicates with staff
- Monitors immunizations for compliance to Maryland law
- Administers medications
- Performs health screenings and follow-up per Maryland law
- Participates on school teams
- Monitors communicable infections