School Nurses

  • The school nurse is an employee of Norfolk Public Schools. Nearly all of the nurses in the system are registered nurses, but a few Licensed Practical Nurses may be employed in support roles. The nurse performs nursing assessments, takes measurements, develops and implements care plans, and administers medication and case management services.

    Duties and responsibilities include:

    • Professional nursing care in a school setting
    • Nursing assessments and diagnosis for students
    • Administration of medication to students
    • Skilled nursing to special needs students, as needed
    • Documentation of student interactions, medication administration, and parental concerns regarding health concerns
    • Emergency care for students, staff, and guests during school hours
    • Initiation of referrals to parents and school personnel for intervention, remediation, and follow through
    • Parental updates on students’ health status and parental notification in emergency situations
    • Nursing liaison for students, staff, administration, and parents
    • Participation in students’ Individualized Educational Plan meetings, as needed
    • Participation in the development and implementation of health plans, as needed
    • Screenings for vision, hearing, scoliosis, growth, etc. per the Virginia School Health Guidelines
    • Generate reports for schools per requests from the Department of Education and Norfolk Public Schools
    • Distribution of health information to assist students and families in making health-related decisions