School nurses provide a minimum level of safe and accessible health care at convenient school locations. School nurses help children succeed academically and socially by caring for many of their physical and mental health needs, which may not be addressed elsewhere.
In Wasco and Sherman counties, the North Central Public Health District contracts with Sherman County School District, Maupin Schools, and the Dufur School District to provide school nursing services. The following is a list of contracted services that public health nurses provide:
- Maintain records of the health status of students
- Review health records and teacher referrals to identify possible student health problems
- Provide nursing assessment for selected students
- Participates in case staffing with other school personnel
- Individual student health counseling as needed
- Working as a liaison among the school, community health and welfare agencies and the medical profession
- Auditing and filing immunization information to assure compliance with the state statutes
- Inspecting, referring, education, excluding those suspected of having a communicable disease
- Providing inservice to school personnel on health related topics
- Assisting building secretary to maintain first aid supplies for each school
- Continuing supervision of students who have positive PPDs or who are on Prenatal and Family Planning programs.
- Teaching classes on health related subjects when requested by school staff.