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Public Health Nurses at Your School

A Public Health Nurse from your community health area is assigned to each school. The amount of time the nurse spends at your school depends on your school’s needs and his or her availability. The nurse will make an initial visit to your school in September and leave his or her contact information. If you need to contact the nurse, call your school’s community health centre or complete a Request for Consultation from the School Public Health Nurse.

Comprehensive School Health Approach

Public Health Nurses work in partnership with schools, using a Comprehensive School Health (CSH) approach, to promote physical, emotional, and social well-being of children, youth, and their families. Comprehensive School Health is an internationally recognized framework for supporting improvements in students' educational outcomes while addressing school health in a planned, integrated and holistic way. For more information visit the Health Schools BC website.

Role of School Public Health Nurse

Immunization & Communicable Disease

  • Immunize children against vaccine-preventable diseases at the appropriate age and give booster doses as needed

  • Respond to outbreaks of illness or disease in schools

General Health Consultations

  • Provide consultation and referral service for individual students with an identified health issue

  • Act as a support and resource to help students, families, and school staff access appropriate health services

Health Education/Capacity Building

  • Support school staff to teach health based curricula on a wide range of topics

  • Provide staff training in responding to emergency situations for students with: anaphylaxis, seizures, and diabetes (administering glucagon)

Health Promotion Initiatives

  • Support schools to address an identified school health issue using a comprehensive school health approach

Youth Clinic Services

  • A team of nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians and youth counsellors deliver free and confidential health services for youth (up to age 25) on a drop-in basis

SOURCE: Public Health Nurses at Your School ( )
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