The mission of SUSD School Nurses' is to enhance the educational potential of all students by promoting wellness and facilitating the resolution of health concerns which create barriers to learning. We strive to give students the necessary tools to care for themselves. Scottsdale school nurses collaborate with community resources, encourage healthy lifestyles and promote communication through health counseling and information.
The purpose of school nursing is to enhance the educational process by the modification or removal of health-related barriers to learning and by promotion of an optimal level of wellness.
The following beliefs about school health, written by the American School Health Association and the American Nurses' Association, are endorsed by the Scottsdale School Nurses:
- Every child is entitled to educational opportunities which allow each to reach full capacity as an individual and to prepare him or her for responsibility as a citizen.
- Every child is entitled to a level of health which permits maximum utilization of educational opportunities.
- Every school has a legal and moral obligation to provide a school health program which will promote and protect the health of its children and youth.
- The school health program should be consistent with the philosophy and objectives of the school program. The school health program, through the components of health service, health education and concern for the environment, provides knowledge and understanding on which to base decisions for the promotion and protection of individual, family and community health.
- Activities of the school health program play a primary role in establishing a viable working relationship with home and community.
- Parents have the basic responsibility for the health of their children; the school health program activities exist to assist parents in carrying out their responsibilities.
- The community has a responsibility for the health of their children; the school health program will assist parents and youth to utilize such community services effectively.
- School health programs should include participation in regional, state and local comprehensive health planning to identify and interpret health needs and to coordinate health services for children and youth and their families.
In addition, the Scottsdale School Nurses believe that:
- The school nurse is the primary member of the school health team.
- The broad range of the population served requires that the school nurse has a strong background in relevant theories as a basis for intervention including, but not limited to: growth and development, hierarchy of needs, family and group dynamics, change process, self-care, adaptation, public health including epidemiology and prevention, and educational theories, instructional philosophies and methodologies.
- A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program provides the minimum professional competency for the practice of school nursing.
- School nurses are bound to comply with the provisions of the State of Arizona "Rules and Regulations of the State Board of Nursing".
- School nurses will use the National Association of School Nurses' "Standards of Professional School Nursing Practice" as a guide in fulfilling and evaluating the professional obligations of the specialty practice of school nursing. School nurses will be guided by the American Nurses' Association's "Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice" in their conduct and relationships in carrying out nursing responsibilities.
Medical Action Plan
If your child has diabetes, seizures, asthma, a life threatening food allergy or another severe medical condition, please print and complete the appropriate form(s) below and return them to your child's school office. Also, please remember you must have a medication administration form signed by a physician on file at school for any medicine that is to be given at school.
New forms must be completed each school year for both the action plans and medication administration forms. These action plans will be kept on file for one school year for use in the event your child has a medical emergency.
Medication at School
Medication Administration Record (Medication Permission Form)
Head Lice Guidelines
Health Resources for Parents and Families
Communicable Disease Resource Guide
SUSD is also always looking for substitute nurses. For information, contact the Substitute Coordinator at 480-484-6174.