Welcome to the JPS Health OfficeLocated on the first floor near the Main OfficeNursing StaffThe Definition of School Nursing“School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to natural development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning.” The National Association of School Nurses
What does a school nurse do?
In accordance with NJ Department of Education protocols and schedules, school nurses conduct height, weight, blood pressure, vision, hearing, and scoliosis screening of our children, and notify parents and guardians of any abnormalities found.
In addition, the school nurses promote and maintain optimal student health by:
• Providing first aid and arranging for assessment and assistance to a child who becomes ill or injured at school or is demonstrating a significant change in behavior, whether due to a physical or social/emotional cause;
• Communicating with parents and guardians when further medical care or attention may be needed, and making referrals as appropriate;
• Supporting the health curriculum by teaching health lessons to students and/or serving as a resource to classroom teachers;
• Educating the school staff about health matters that affect students and/or staff;
• Collaborating with other school professionals, parents/guardians and the student's health care team, as needed, to foster maximal student success;
• Providing health counseling to students as needed on an ongoing basis.