knowledge for all the staff members such that if any emergency cases occur and the nurses are not available immediately, then the staff can take on the responsibility to provide the necessary care to the students. The school nurse, therefore, has the responsibility of ensuring that first aid facilities are available within reach of all staff members as a way of ensuring that a safe and comfortable environment has been provided. 2. Discuss the roles and responsibilities of the nurse in the practice you have attended and compare your observations to the roles and responsibilities described in the literature. The role of a nurse in the community is a familiar one for a major of people. However, in a school setting, a nurse views clients or students in a different context of a larger system. In Westbourne Grammar School, a school nurse provides healthcare along with an entire range of illness-wellness continuum; however, prevention of illness and promotion of health are critical
NURSING 4 and emphasized. Considering a school nurse deals with young students from the kindergarten level to the upper school levels, skills in communication, observation, counseling, listening, and physical care are essential. The growing concerns for psychological, environment, economic, and sociocultural factors in the education system have created a greater need for school nurses with stronger skills in assessing the needs of students under their care. Another role of the school nurse is managing the day to day incidences that occur at Westbourne Grammar School. The common incidences include the allergies, head injuries, minor accidents and strains among other medical conditions. The school nurses have a responsibility of identifying the students with medical conditions and obtain their past medical reports that will guide them through the required treatments whenever the students are within the school premises. The school nurse is also tasked with the responsibility of coordinating with the school management to come up with the school health policies such as Anaphylaxis and Asthma policies and procedures which are essential to upholding the welfare of students with such medical conditions. Such measures are required and necessary; moreover, these measures must be carried out by the school nurse to ensure that the required and maximum care is available to students with any medical conditions[Dre10]. The school nurse is tasked with maintaining the medical supplies to the school and keeping tabs on the required health requirements. It is therefore the responsibility of the nurse to know about all the medical requirements within the school and be in the position to stock enough medical supplies that may be required during emergencies. The school nurse is also responsible for dealing with the mandatory reporting to the required principals within the institution, and this will involve the cases such as neglect or abuse towards a given child alongside any other issues that hinder the performance of the student in the school. The nurse is then responsible for
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- Nursing, school nurse, Westbourne Grammar School