The school nurse administers first aid only. They do not diagnose illnesses, but take note of symptoms and notify the parent/guardian of their observation. According to the National Association of School Nurses, the school nurse facilitates positive student responses to normal development; promotes health and safety; intervenes with actual and potential health problems; provides case management; and actively collaborates with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self management, self-advocacy and learning.(NASN, 2011)
Medication at School
For the protection of all students, we have some rules regarding medication being given at school.
1. Parents are encouraged to schedule the administration of a student's medication in such a manner that medication required at school is kept at a minimum.
2. Antibiotics and other short-term prescription medication may be administered at school upon written request from a parent or guardian. Medication must be brought to the school in the original container. Short-term medication will be administered for a maximum of two weeks unless stated otherwise by a physician.
3.Long-term medication may be given only if a Medication form is completed by the attending physician and the medication is brought in the properly labeled container. Forms can be found on the Health Services website.
4. The administration of non-prescription medication is normally not permitted, but may be authorized under either of the following conditions:
- The medication is ordered in writing by the child's physician, accompanied by a written request from the parent/guardian and brought in an unopened original manufactured package.
- The child is experiencing pain due to a surgical procedure, dental procedure, or injury. In such cases, pain relief medications such as Advil(Ibuprofen) or Tyelnol (Acetaminophen) may be administered for up to three days if accompanied by a signed note from the physician, a written request from the parent/guardian, and brought in an unopended, original manufacturer package. Any other non-prescription cannot be dispensed to, or carried by , a student at school-this includes cold medication, cough syrups, cough drops, throat lozenges, vitamins and herbal remedies.
If a student must take medication during school hours, the student's parents must provide the medication. All medication, whether prescription or nonprescription, must be kept in the nurse's office and administered by the nurse or another authorized district employee. A student may be authorized to have their own medication because of asthma, or a severe allergy as described in the student handbook. A form for self-carry must be completed and is on the Health Service website.
- All medication should be delivered to the clinic or to the school office by an adult. If this is not possible,the medication is sent to school via the child. The parents must remember that they are responsible for the medication until the medication is delivered to the school district employee in the office. With the exception of Judson ISD students who have asthma, diabetes or severe allergies and have active physician orders/ guidelines for self-administration on file, there will be no medication kept in the classroom , nor may any student self-administer medication.
Illness at School
We ask that children be kept at home when ill and have a normal temperature for 24hrs or greater without medication. This is important for the health of all children at school. If, upon nursing assessment, a child is determined to be ill and/or possibly contagious to others, or is injured at school and needs further evaluation or treatment, he/she will be given first aid and the parent/guardian notified. In no case will a child be sent home until the parent/guardian or the person indicated by the parent/guardian has been contacted and arrangements made. Every effort will be made to contact the parent/guardian first. If the parent/guardian is unable to come for the child, arrangements must be made for his/her care by the parent/guardian. In an extreme emergency, EMS or an ambulance designated by a parent/guardian will be called.
Absence Due to Illness
The nurse has the responsibility if she suspects a contagious health condition to request that the child be picked up by the parents or guardian and examined by a physician for diagnosis and treatment. In the event of a contagious illness, please notify the school upon confirmation of diagnosis.
Forms for the Doctor
If you need a form for the physician to fill out your child’s medical concerns/condition, you may obtain them from Health Service website. The nurse on your campus can also give you a copy of these forms for your physician to fill out.
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