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School Nurse Corps Program

The School Nurse Corps (SNC) program helps to ensure that all students in Washington have access to registered nursing services. Access to a registered nurse promotes student safety, improves attendance, fosters academic achievement, reduces health and educational disparities, and contributes to creating an engaged and informed citizenry and workforce.

The contributions made by the SNC provide powerful support in meeting educational objectives and reinforcing the goals of health reform implementation in Washington.

Infrastructure
The School Nurse Corps provides a coordinated statewide reach to ensure that every student in the state has access to quality nursing services. Its regional infrastructure allows for flexibility and coordination in response to regional health needs, trends, and initiatives.

Access to Quality Nursing Care for All Students
While funding is allocated by the SNC to the neediest districts in each of the state’s nine regions, SNC Nurse Administrators provide orientation, training, mentoring, and professional development for nurses in all school districts, thereby improving quality nursing services for all of Washington’s one million students.

Reduction of Health and Academic Disparities
Research shows that students who suffer health problems are the same ones who struggle academically and are at higher risk for absenteeism and dropping out of school. This is the very population that school nurses serve, reducing the impact of students’ health problems on their academic endeavors. Research also demonstrates a positive correlation between the amount of time nurses spend in schools and the effect it has on student attendance. Unfortunately , budget cuts have reduced direct nursing care to students by 50% while chronic health conditions in students have nearly doubled.

Health issues in students continue to increase while student access to a registered nurse continues to decrease
Health issues in students continue to increase while student access to a registered nurse continues to decrease

Objectives and Priorities
Given reductions in funding, the SNC prioritizes care based on student safety and in accordance with state and federal requirements. These priorities are to:

  • Identify and protect the safety of students with potentially life-threatening conditions such as diabetes, anaphylactic allergies, seizure disorders and asthma (RCW 28A.210.320), and those with other health conditions that impede their ability to access education.
  • Ensure that health plans are developed, implemented and managed by a professional Registered Nurse (RN) who works directly, and in collaboration with families, students and staff in assessing health needs and creating individualized plans of care.
  • Ensure that students requiring medications and/or medical treatments at school receive them in compliance with current laws and accepted standards.
  • Fund and deliver professional RN services in schools as funds allow. Some direct care services provided by RNs include training staff on emergency management and procedures, and the provision of daily maintenance care and accommodations for students with special health care needs, in accordance with federal requirements under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
  • Provide regional technical, educational, and clinical assistance and support to nurses, school staff, and families. Some SNCNAs also provide direct clinical nursing services to students in their regions.
  • Provide professional development opportunities for nurses in all school districts within each ESD region.
  • Ensure that all students receive health screenings in compliance with state and federal laws.

School Nurse Corps Administrators 2014–2015

ESD

SNC Administrator

Website

ESD 101

Julie Schultz, RN, BSN
jschultz@esd101.net

http://www.esd101.net/Page

ESD 105

Gail Ann Fast, RN, MN
gail.fast@esd105.org

http://www.esd105.org/domain

ESD 112

Julia Kintz, RN, BSN
julia.kintz@esd112.org

http://web3.esd112.org/specialized-services-birth-21/nursecorps

ESD 113

Lynn Nelson, RN, MSN, NCSN
lnelson@esd113.k12.wa.us

http://esd113.org

ESD 114

Judith McCrudden, RN, MSN
jmccrudden@oesd.wednet.edu

http://www.oesd.wednet.edu/site/default.aspx?PageID=1

Puget Sound ESD 121

Annie Hetzel, MSN, RN
ahetzel@psesd.org

http://www.psesd.org/services/learning-and-teaching/learning-support-services/school-nurse-cor

ESD 123

Les Stahlnecker, RN, MS
lstahlnecker@esd123.org

http://www.esd123.org/school-health

North Central ESD 171

Winnie Adams, RN, BSN
winniea@ncesd.org

http://www.ncesd.org

Northwest ESD 189

Lorali Gray RN, MEd, NCSN
lgray@nwesd.org

https://www.nwesd.org/snc

Unmet Needs Persist
In the 2013-14 school year, the SNC directly served the health, safety, and learning needs of 78,859 students in 141 underserved and rural school districts. While thousands of children have benefitted from implementation of health care plans, nursing case management services, and access to significant improvements in school health services since the implementation of the SNC, unmet student health care needs persist. Combined school district and SNC funding for nursing services across the state is not adequate to meet the health and safety needs of all students due to the increasing number and complexity of student health needs as well as declining district resources and the steady erosion of SNC funding.

School Nurse Corps History
The SNC was initially created by the Legislature in 1999 in response to a critical gap in student health care needs, especially in small, rural school districts as identified in the 1997 Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) Survey of School Nurses. Every biennium the Legislature provides funding to OSPI to support the SNC. In turn, this funding is allocated to each of the nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs) where a School Nurse Corps Nurse Administrator distributes funding for registered nursing hours for the neediest schools in their regions.

Award-Winning Program
Recognizing the SNC’s outstanding delivery of quality health care and economic efficiency that benefits more than 1 million students in Washington State, Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Weisman presented the SNC with the prestigious Warren Featherstone Reid Award in 2013.

 

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Our Vision
All children receive equitable, full access to school nursing services to be safe and successful in school and life.

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