School Nurse Qualifications

school nurse requirements

• Illinois Type 73 Pupil Personnel Services Certificate

• Registered Nurse License, Illinois with Baccalaureate Degree

• Current First Aid and CPR Certification

• Vision and Hearing Certified Screening Technician: Illinois Department of Public Health

• Prior professional nursing experience


Clinical Practice: The school nurse oversees and supervises Health Aides in student related health tasks. The nurse provides nursing services, first aid, illness, and emergency care to students and staff including nursing assessment, identifying health problems, making referrals for diagnosis and treatment, recommending educational modifications, providing follow-up and evaluation, and maintaining appropriate documentation. Performs skilled nursing services for students with specialized medical needs (i.e., diabetes, severe allergies, asthma, seizure disorders, gastronomy care & feedings, etc.). Provides health information and counseling for students, parents, and staff. The nurse manages the daily and as needed medication for students by safely storing, administering, documenting, and monitoring the effectiveness of medication given at school. The nurse annually screens for health conditions which may negatively impact learning (vision, hearing, growth and development, and other health conditions). The school nurse makes appropriate clinical assessments for all students to maintain optimal health. Lastly, the school nurse is a mandated reporter for child abuse/neglect.
Special Education: The school nurse participates as a member of the multidisciplinary team in the identification, evaluation, and placement of students into special education programs, and summarizes the health component of the Individual Education Plan. In addition, the nurse makes recommendations and modifications of the school program for students who require special accommodations. The development of health care plans for students with special health needs are also an important step for those who require medical interventions throughout the school day.
Coordination: The school nurse develops and administers a coordinated school health program, through collection, interpretation of health information. In addition, the nurse assesses the safety needs of students and staff to facilitate a safe school environment. The school nurse communicates with local and state public health agencies regarding communicable disease prevention, student record management, and management of health screening programs in accordance to state mandates and guidelines. Lastly, the nurse participates in the development of health-related policies and procedures in compliance with current health practices and mandates.
Communication: The school nurse communicates daily, with administrators, teachers, other school personnel, and parents/guardians to meet the health and safety needs of students. The nurse makes daily contact with and acts as a liaison between the home, school, community health agencies and the private medical sector to enhance the health and wellness of the school community. Lastly, the nurse maintains confidentiality regarding all school and health-related issues.
Teaching: The school nurse participates as a member of the educational team as a resource and specialist in health issues, and also provides health-related classroom instruction. In addition the nurse provides staff in-service programs to ensure the safety and health of students. District nurse also provide health-related classroom instruction and educational events.
Health Office Management: The school nurse maintains a health services facility conducive to confidential communication and services, and also manages and makes recommendations for health services. The nurses maintain all health records for the district, and completes data reports for the State of Illinois, and tracks outbreaks of communicable diseases which are reportable to Madison County Health Department.
Professional Development: The school nurse is required to have 20 continuing education hours in order to maintain liscensure and certification. District nurses also serve as mentors to local university nursing students.