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School Nurse Corps Program

The School Nurse Corps Program is a statewide program funded by the legislature to provide nursing services to small school districts with little or no nursing services. The program was created in response to a critical gap in student health care needs as identified in the Survey of School Nurses in 1997.This practical hands-on program works to get essential services to students where they are most needed.

In 2007, a report on the School Nurse Corps Program, Healthy Students Learn, demonstrated significant improvements in school health services since the advent of the SNC. However, it also found that numerous critical unmet student health care needs still persist, and stated, "Regrettably, if funding for the SNC continues to erode, many students with critical health care needs will not be served."

Primary objectives of the program

  • The SNC first priority is to maintain and increase student safety through a system of direct student services and regional technical assistance.
  • Districts being served receive Registered nurse (RN) services, as funds allow. (a minimum of one day per week for class II districts).
  • Students identified with potentially life-threatening conditions (per RCW 28A.210.320) and with conditions requiring an individual healthcare plan, will have care plans developed, implemented and managed by an RN.
  • Students requiring medication and/or medical treatment will receive these in compliance with current laws and accepted standards.

Role of the School Nurse Corps
SNC nurses assess students and develop individualized care plans. They train staff to respond quickly and effectively to an emergency situation (especially life-threatening) when the nurse is not present. Care plans outline instructions for school staff to provide 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. These services support students with complex needs to: be in school, and to be safe, learning, and on track to graduate. The nine ESD nurse administrators are funded to directly serve all districts in their region by assessing and analyzing student health needs, allocating resources, consulting, mentoring, and building partnerships.

ESD School Nurse Corps Administrators
School Nurse Corps administrators at each ESD are available for consultation and technical assistance in matters related to school health services. The administrators:

  • Help hire and assign school nurses to districts based on School Nurse Corps program priorities.
  • Provide ongoing training, orientation and supervision of School Nurse Corps nurses.
  • Provide ESD-wide school health services consultation.
  • Organize and/or provide training as needed.
  • Administer the School Nurse Corps program in their individual ESD region.

ESD 101
Julie Schultz, RN, BSN

4202 S. Regal Street
Spokane, WA 99223-7764
Phone: (509) 789-3538
Fax: (509) 323-2747

ESD 105
Gail Ann Fast, RN, MN

33 South Second Ave
Yakima, WA 98902
Phone: (509) 454-3129
Mobile: (509) 961-9595
Fax: (509) 853-3156

ESD 112
Julia Kintz, RN, BSN

2500 NE 65th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98661-6812
Phone: (360) 952-3519
Fax: (360) 906-1010
SNC Website

ESD 113
Lynn Nelson, RN, MSN

601 McPhee Road SW
Olympia, WA 98502-5080
Phone: (360) 464-6866
Fax: (360) 464-6912
SNC Website

ESD 114
Judith McCrudden, RN, MSN

105 National Avenue N
Bremerton, WA 98312
Phone: (360) 478-6871
Fax: (360) 478-6869

Puget Sound ESD 121
Rebecca Cavanaugh MN, RN, NCSN

800 Oakesdale Ave SW
Renton, WA 98005
Phone: (425) 917-7811
Fax: (425) 917-7810
SNC Website

ESD 123
Les Stahlnecker, RN, MS

3918 W. Court Street
Pasco, WA 99301
Phone: (509) 200-2460
Fax: (509) 543-3328
SNC Website

North Central ESD 171
Winnie Warren, RN, BSN

PO Box 1847
430 Olds Station Rd.
Wenatchee, WA 98807-1847
Phone: (509) 665-2625
Cell: (509) 668-2942
Fax: (509) 662-9027

Northwest ESD 189
Lorali Gray RN, MEd, NCSN

1601 R Avenue
Anacortes, WA  98221
Phone: (360) 299-4013
Fax: (360) 299-4071
SNC Website

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