West Clermont Local Schools strives to embody its work to build whole-child support across all areas of school-based practices. This includes the district’s Health Services, a goal that aligns with the overarching goals of the National Association of School Nurses.
“NASN’s Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice™ (the Framework) provides structure and focus for the key principles and components of current day, evidence-based school nursing practice. It is aligned with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model that calls for a collaborative approach to learning and health (ASCD & CDC, 2014). Central to the Framework is student-centered nursing care that occurs within the context of the students’ family and school community. Surrounding the students, family, and school community are the nonhierarchical, overlapping key principles of Care Coordination, Leadership, Quality Improvement, and Community/Public Health. These principles are surrounded by the fifth principle, Standards of Practice, which is foundational for evidence-based, clinically competent, quality care. School nurses daily use the skills outlined in the practice components of each principle to help students be healthy, safe, and ready to learn” (NASN, 2016).
West Clermont’s school health clinics are staffed by school health assistants, overseen by a district supervising nurse and on-site registered nurses at the elementary (shared between buildings), middle and high schools.
West Clermont School Health Clinics provide a broad array of services addressing:
- Students with chronic conditions
- Student health care plans
- Medications or treatments for students
- Students with special health needs
- Urgent physical health needs during the school day
- School staff training
- Health screenings
- Health needs for field trips
- Student injuries or illnesses
- Student attendance
- Health and wellness resources
- Immunization records
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