SUPPORTING OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY
"School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement and health of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety, including a healthy environment, intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning" (NASN, 2010c).
GISD currently employs 16 Registered Nurses. The School Nurses are responsible for the entire student and staff population on their assigned campus. They provide a healthcare safety net, identifying healthcare homes, coordinating services and assuring continuity of care. They listen, care and give of their time as the health care expert on the campus. The school nurses take an active role in the educational decision-making processes at the campus level for all students who have physical and/or emotional needs. The nurses carry out all state mandated screenings, maintain current immunization status, take lead roles in disaster preparedness, and emergency care. The school nurse provides comprehensive services in all eight components of the Coordinated School Health Program, with particular responsibility for managing the school health program section. The school nurse is an advocate for all healthcare consumers promoting active, informed participation in health decisions.
School Nurses in Georgetown ISD believe every visit or phone call provides an opportunity to teach. We know healthy children are more likely to be successful learners. Missing school matters to everyone so we are here to help you in every way we can.
For more information, contact:
Mary McKenna BSN, RN
Director of Health and Wellness Services
Johnson and Johnson School Health Leadership Fellow
Phone: (512) 943-1881
Fax: (512) 943-1891