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School Health

Community health nurses work in partnership with schools and other health professionals to support and promote the health and well being of the school population as a whole. They also provide services in schools that are designed to meet the needs of individual students, families and school personnel.

Health Promotion Services

Health Promotion Services focuses on creating a school environment that encourages healthy choices that will continue through life. Some examples of health promotion services are:

  • Advocacy and support for the development of school health policies (e.g. smoke-free school grounds, healthy foods)
  • Assistance in identifying and addressing relevant health and social issues (e.g. sexually transmitted diseases, healthy sexuality, injury prevention)
  • Support for teachers in the delivery of health education

Individual Services

Community health nurses provide services in schools for individual students, families and school personnel. Some examples include:

  • Assisting in the transition to Kindergarten
  • Immunizations
  • Vision and hearing screening
  • Prevention and management of life threatening allergic reactions
  • Support and education to teachers, aides and school personnel for specific student health needs (e.g. tube feeding, catheterization)

 

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Updated Sep 5, 2012