Profile of a School Nurse
School Nurses are the primary health care providers within the educational environment. They promote each student's attainment of optimum health status, physical and mental, to achieve their fullest potential as a learner and a person. They can:
* Assess health needs
* Teach and promote health practices
* Provide counseling, primary health care, emergency care, crisis management, and referrals
* Provide communicable disease control
* Access community resources
* Perform mandated health screenings
* Perform special health care procedures, i.e., IV therapy, catheterization, tube feedings
A School Nurse:
* Is a Registered Nurse (R.N.)
* Has a baccalaureate degree
* Has an additional year of post graduate education related to school health issues
* Is credentialed by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing
MEDI-CAL is free and provides health, dental, vision and mental health care for children and pregnant women. Program is available to U.S. citizens, nationals and qualified immigrants. Call (800) 675-2229 for assistance with the application.
HEALTHY FAMILIES provides low-cost health, dental, and vision coverage for children not eligible for Medi-Cal. This program is available to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and qualified immigrant children under age 19. Call (800) 675-2229.
IMPORTANT NOTE: A new rule protects families from Immigration and Naturalization (INS) for public costs while receiving Medi-Cal or Healthy Families. Call Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy at (877) 734-3258.
KAISER CHILD HEALTH PLAN Low cost health care for children under age 19 and not eligible for Medi-Cal or Healthy Families. The plan includes medical, dental, and mental health. Cost is $8-$15 /child/month. (800) 255-5053
CALIFORNIA KIDS Low cost preventive and primary health, dental, vision and behavioral health for undocumented children. For more information call 1-818-755-9700.
MENTAL HEALTH Twain has a partnership with Mental Health Systems for individual and family therapy at no cost for students with Medi-Cal and low cost for students with no mental health insurance. Contact the school nurse for assistance.
Hey Kids: The nurse has free gift certificates for this school year for eye exams and glasses for students who do not have vision care insurance. Also available is emergency dental care for students with no dental insurance. A list of agencies providing low cost dental service is also available.
Starting school year 2011-12, all students
enrolling in 7-12th grades must have received the Tdap adolescent
booster shot on or after age 7 and preferably at age 10 or later and you
must provide a copy of the Tdap shot record to the school at enrollment
in September. Please provide a copy of your child's shot record to the
school as soon as possible if your child has already received
a Tdap immunization. Contact the school nurse with any questions or www.shotsforschool.org