Pasco School District’s (PSD) Health Services Department is strongly committed to student health and well-being. When a child is healthy, they are more likely to be alert, attentive, and ready to learn.
School nurses provide their expertise to identify, assess, plan, implement, and evaluate the health needs of the school community. PSD employs a team of registered nurses with diverse health care experience to provide quality nursing services for our PSD students and families. These services are increasingly important as more students attend school with severe and life-threatening conditions.
What is School Nursing?
As a profession, school nursing is a specialized practice of nursing that 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 (National Association of School Nurses [NASN], 2018).
Our comprehensive School Health services include:
- Preventative and early identification services including screening programs for vision and hearing
- Emergency care for illness and injury – including referral
- Management of acute and chronic health conditions
- Medication administration and monitoring
- Management and monitoring of communicable diseases
- Immunization compliance
- Partnering with parents and school community to promote wellness and prevention
- Health education of staff, students, and families
- Supporting a healthy school environment which includes a safe physical and psychological environment
If your child has any health conditions requiring accommodations and/or care through the school day, please contact the school nurse at your child’s school.
Did you know?
School nurses are a worthwhile investment - for every dollar invested in health services, the community receives a $2.20 return (Wang et al., 2014)
The impact of a school nurse goes beyond health outcomes - they increase attendance, decrease dropout, and increase achievement (NASN, 2012)