School Nursing and Wellness

School Nursing and Wellness

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

School nurses:

  • collaborate and coordinate care with parents, students, physicians, and school professionals to implement the individualized healthcare plan.
  • 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

Utah Department of Health (UDOH)


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, Board Certified (RN-BC), National Certified School Nurse (NCSN)
Utah School Nurse Consultant, Utah Department of Health (UDOH)
Cell Phone: (801) 419-1078 | E-mail