Hanover Public Schools Health Services. School Health Update 2007-2008 Prepared by Jean Hight R.N., BSN Nurse Leader February 2008. Mission Statement.
School Health Update
Jean Hight R.N., BSN
The primary mission of the Hanover Public Schools Health Services is to support educational achievement for all students. The Hanover School Nurses strive to accomplish this goal by providing quality holistic health care to all students. Through health education and promotion we encourage the establishment of healthy behaviors and healthy life choices.
“A healthy child is a better learner”Author Unknown
* Please note: These are in addition to Health Office visits
Obesity puts children at risk for debilitating or life threatening health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.
This does not include other medical conditions such as mental health (depression, bi-polar, anxiety), Down Syndrome, Celiac Disease, Migraines, Orthopedic Problems, Cystic Fibrosis, Cancer, Genetic Disorders, and others.
3,251 Nursing Procedures Total
603 CMR 7.11
Professional Support Personnel Licenses
School Nurse (Levels:All)
(a) Initial License.
4.Completion of an orientation program based on the requirements for delivery of school health services as defined by the Department of Public Health.
5. Passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills test.
(b) Professional License
a. Achievement and maintenance of certification or licensure from a nationally recognized association as a school nurse, community health nurse, or pediatric/family/school nurse practitioner.
b. A master’s degree program that may include credits earned in master’s degree program for the Initial license in community health, health education, nursing, or public health.
In the 1998 Report to the Massachusetts Legislature, “Options for Developing School Health Services in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts”, the Department of Public Health recommended the following:
When developing staffing plans, other factors to consider include the number of children with special health care needs, the number of buildings, and the distance and/or travel time between buildings.
The goal of the Health Services is to support education by keeping students healthy, in school and ready to learn.
Student health needs have grown increasingly complex through the advancement of medical technology and requires professional nursing staff for school attendance.
Student health complexities have increased the demand for continuous documentation.
The need for nursing staff and a nurse leader is evidenced by the volume and complexity of health office visits and the volume and complexity of health issues encountered in our schools today.