School Health Services
Foundations for 21st Century School Nursing Practice
Virtual two-day orientation sponsored by School Nurse Organization of Minnesota (SNOM)
August 11-12, 2021
This program is for RN/Licensed School Nurses with 5 years or less experience in School Nursing. Presentations cover the NASN Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice and essential components of school health services in Minnesota elementary and secondary schools.
More information and registration can be found on the SNOM website.
Why School Health Matters
United States Surgeon General, Dr. Joycelyn Elders said it best, "...we can't educate children who are not healthy and we cannot keep them healthy if they are not educated. There has to be a marriage between health and education."
School health services are incredibly valuable tools to marry health and education to build healthy, successful futures for Minnesota's kids and families. When schools have a school nurse, it is a safety net to assess, plan and coordinate for student care. When students' physical and mental health needs are met, they are able to be mentally and physically present to learn. Research consistently supports that academic measures are improved when health needs are met.
The Minnesota Department of Health strives to create a health standard in all policies way of working and serving. School health has unique access to the majority of Minnesota's children and families. Through the resources on this website and the provision of a School Health Consultant, MDH works to elevate the work that is happening as a way to ensure access to care for Minnesotans.
The following articles can be used to understand both our most recent understanding of health in Minnesota and more about the connections between health and education.
- Health Office Staffing Structures
- Policy and Procedure Manual
- Health Services Office Space
- Documentation and Record Keeping
- Confidentiality Including HIPAA and FERPA
- Student Encounters
- Infectious Diseases
- Medication Administration
- Types of Staff in the Health Office
- Understanding Licensure
- School Nursing Standards
- Supervision and Monitoring
- Evaluation of the School Nurse
- Resources for New School Nurses
- School Nurse Training Tools
- School Nursing Resources
- Sexual Health
- Chemical Health
- Oral Health
- Injury and Violence Prevention
- Student Wellness
- Staff Wellness
- Environmental Health
- Emergency Preparedness
- School Nurse Role in Health Equity
- School Connectedness
- Resources for Removing Barriers
- Culturally Competent Care, Refugee, Immigrant and Migrant Health
- American Indian Student Resources
- Students Experiencing Homelessness
- LGBTQ Students
- Whole School, Whole Child Whole Community (WSCC)
- School Health Advisory Committee
- School Health Assessment