School Nursing and Wellness

School Nurses are a Vital Part of the Student's Healthcare Team

School nurses:

  • work collaboratively with parents and physicians to plan the care of the student while in school.
  • are better prepared and educated than lay staff to assess-monitor-detect injury and illness, and to monitor disease outbreaks in the student population.
  • provide the competent caring hands and a confident calming voice which bring immediate comfort to a frightened child who is ill or injured.
  • are in direct support of the school's first mission to efficiently educate every child. Approximately 1 in 20 children (about 1 per classroom) have a chronic medical condition that requires skilled supervision. Burdening the classroom teacher with the added responsibility of monitoring children's health status distracts that teacher from teaching, contributes to teacher burn-out, and is not in the best interest of the children.
  • are often the only healthcare provider seen by many students with social inequality.
  • provide services required by Section 504 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA), including medical advisory services, participating as a member of the 504/Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams, and educating staff.
  • assist in meeting student accommodations required for Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
  • advocate for the Health and Well-being of Students.

School Nurses Advocate for the Health and Well-being of Students

School Nurses
Healthy Living through Environment, Policy and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) Program, Utah Department of Health (UDOH)

Contact

Kendra Muir
Master of Health Leadership (MHL), Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN), Registered Nurse (RN)
School Nursing/ Wellness Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7904 | E-mail

BettySue Hinkson
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Registered Nurse (RN), National Certified School Nurse (NCSN)
Utah School Nurse Consultant, Utah Department of Health (UDOH)
Cell Phone: (801) 419-1078 | E-mail