McKinney ISD

 

Health Services & Wellness

2015 Region 10 School Nurse of the Year, Christy Johnson (second from right).

2015 Region 10 School Nurse of the Year, Christy Johnson (second from right).

The registered nurses of McKinney ISD Health Services believe that a student’s health status has a direct impact on the ability for one to learn and meet educational goals. McKinney ISD has a registered nurse at each campus.

The school nurse is a professional nursing specialty committed to lifelong learning. School nursing supports student success by providing health care through assessment, intervention, and follow-up for all children and staff within the school setting.

The school nurse serves as a liaison between school personnel, family, community and healthcare providers to advocate and facilitate the educational process. The school nurse also provides for the safety of students and staff and addresses the need for integrating health solutions into the education setting.

The School Nurse

  1. Advocates and provides health assessments and interventions for students and staff who become ill or have an injury.
  2. Screens, evaluates and makes appropriate referrals for findings of screenings in vision, hearing, scoliosis and a risk assessment for Type 2 diabetes, Acanthosis Nigricans.
  3. Provides pediatric medical specialty procedures: such as gastrostomy feedings, and catheterizations.
  4. Provides case management and education of students with chronic illness: life threatening allergies, diabetes, asthma, seizures, ADD/ADHD.
  5. Administers medications to students according to medication policy.
  6. Interprets the health status of pupils to parents and school personnel and coordinates information with medical providers and other health resources.
  7. Provides health education to students, staff, and parents.
  8. Promotes and assists in the control of communicable diseases through preventive immunization programs, early detection, and surveillance, reporting and follow-up of communicable diseases.
  9. Provides leadership and is an integral part of the coordinated health teams and staff wellness activities. 10) Provides individual counseling with students and staff.
  10. Serves as a resource for physical and mental health promotion, accident and injury prevention, infection control, and a safe school environment
  11. Ensures compliance with required immunizations
  12. Instructs Unlicensed Diabetes Care Assistants (UDCA), CPR, the use of the AED, first aid, administration of life saving medications and treatments, such as EPi-pens to staff

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If you need additional assistance with the content on this page, please contact McKinney ISD team member Julie Blankenship RN by phone at 469-302-4151 or by email here .