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"School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement and health of students. To that end, school nurses (RNs) facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety, including a healthy environment, intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning" (NASN, 2010c).
Hutto ISD currently employs 10 Registered Nurses (RNs) and 3 LVNs. The School Nurses (RN) are responsible for the entire student and staff population on their assigned campus. They provide a healthcare safety net, identifying healthcare homes, coordinating services and assuring continuity of care.
School nurses (RN) take an active role in the educational decision-making processes at the campus level for all students who have medical or physical needs. The school nurses (RN) take lead roles in disaster preparedness and emergency care. The RNs also provide comprehensive services in all eight components of the Coordinated School Health Program, with particular responsibility for managing the school health program section. The school nurse is an advocate for healthcare consumers promoting active and informed participation in health decisions.
The health offices carry out all state mandated screenings and maintain current immunization status records. They also provide routine and first aid care under the direction of an RN.
School Nurses in Hutto ISD believe every visit or phone call provides an opportunity to teach. We know healthy children are more likely to be successful learners.
For more information, contact:
Kendra Estes, MSN, RN
Director of Health & Safety Services
Hutto Independent School District
101 Chris Kelley Blvd, Hutto, TX 78634
Phone: (512) 759-5467