School Health Services utilizes a team consisting of Registered Nurses (RN) and Clinic Aides, either Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) or Unlicensed Assistive Personnel. The District Lead Nurse coordinates and monitors the health services of the District. The Health Services Department administratively reports to the Director of Staff and Student Services.
Registered School Nurses
As the school community's health professional, the school nurse enhances health within the school and community by providing health appraisals, periodic health screenings, community referral and follow-up, and health education and counseling. The RN identifies health problems that may affect educational achievement and by using the systematic nursing process, develops a student plan of care in collaboration with the student, parent, staff, and healthcare provider. Through planning, evaluating and monitoring of student/family needs, along with program management; coordination of health services; student and family advocacy; and through the provision, delegation, and supervision of care, the RN assures student health needs and educational objectives are achieved.
At some schools, unlicensed personnel provide the day-to-day care for students. Clinic aides are responsible for providing minor first aid and medication administration under the assignment and supervision of the campus administrator. They perform general vision, hearing, spinal and diabetes risk assessment screenings according to the Texas Department of State Health Services program. After training they can assist students with diabetes and initiate the emergency response, including medication administration, for conditions involving seizures, asthma, and anaphylaxis.
Licensed Vocational Nurses employed as clinic aides practice according to the LVN scope and standards defined by the Texas Board of Nursing and practice under the direction and supervision of a Registered Nurse.