Keeping kids healthy and in school is the major reason for school health programs and school nurses. These programs are grounded in health promotion through mandated health curriculum, classroom presentations, individual health counseling sessions, and staff wellness programs.
School health curriculum needs to include information about community and personal health, physiology, personal hygiene, and prevention of communicable diseases.
School nurses can take on the role of health educator and teach teachers and students about health. School nurses as especially useful to teach health topics that are sensitive and difficult for teachers to teach. The school nurse can also provide valuable resources or guest speakers to teachers for many health topics.
Individual counseling includes one-on-one meetings between the school nurse and a student, parent, or staff member about specific physical, emotional, or social health problems or concerns. Counseling sessions are scheduled and preplanned. They are based on a nursing assessment and mutually agreed upon information between the student and the school nurse. School nurses can also counsel informally by responding to individuals questions or concerns.
In addition to helping students, the school nurse also supports staff health and wellness.