School Nurses

  • The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) defines school nursing as "a specialized practice of public health nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates normal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders that bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potentials" (June 2016). Both the NASN and the American Academy of Pediatrics advocate for the role of the school nurse to be a Registered Nurse (RN). ACPS has met this guidance and has an RN assigned to every school.

    What School Nurses Do

    There are several important activities that school nurses engage in to help ensure student health and wellness and to promote academic success. These include:

    • Providing direct care to students, including managing acute illnesses and injuries, managing medication administration and medical procedures, and caring for students with special and chronic health care needs.
    • Providing school health leadership including assisting with the development of emergency plans, and documenting confidential student health information.
    • Performing screening and referral for health conditions, including hearing, vision, and other assessments as needed.
    • Promoting a healthy school environment through monitoring of immunizations, communicable disease surveillance and exclusion, and monitoring the safety of the school environment.
    • Promoting wellness through health education and participation in school health and safety committees, school support teams, child study and special education evaluation meetings.
    • Developing and evaluating school health policies.
    • Serving as a liaison between schools, family, health care providers and other community resources.

    Contact Your School Nurse

    School Phone Fax
    Director of School Health Services 703-619-8341 703-836-1928
    Charles Barrett 703-824-6962 703-379-1647
    Cora Kelly 703-706-4426 703-836-8190
    Douglas MacArthur 703-461-4192 x 5111 703-461-3857
    Ferdinand T. Day 703-619-8433  703-619-8435
    Francis C. Hammond 703-461-4147 703-461-7128
    George Mason 703-706-4475 703-706-4559
    George Washington 703-706-4516 703-706-4554
    James K. Polk 703-461-4184 703-823-6451
    Jefferson-Houston 703-706-4407 703-548-1451
    John Adams 703-824-6976 703-379-6490
    Lyles-Crouch 703-706-4435 703-684-6081
    Maury 703-706-4444 703-683-8072
    Minnie Howard 703-824-6754 703-820-1260
    Mount Vernon 703-706-4464 703-706-5894
    Patrick Henry 703-619-8073 703-751-1248
    Samuel W. Tucker 703-933-6307 703-823-1403
    T.C. Williams 703-824-6866 703-820-6411
    William Ramsay 703-379-7824 703-824-8122