Your school nurses are the first line of primary care for our students at APW and they are responsible for every child in the APW district!
Your school nurses have worked together for over 18 years to form a solid medical team. They each contribute their own strengths to APW’s Health Services program. Their collaboration provides a continuity of care from the home to the classroom in order to keep children in school. They are professional, familiar faces trusted by our students and families with a combined 60 plus years of nursing experience.
What do School Nurses DO?
- Administer Diastat for emergency care for seizures
- Administer a non-patient specific order for Epinephrine
- Administer medication to non-self-directed students
- Develop and implement emergency Health Care Plans
- Develop and implement Concussion Management Policy- continue ongoing training with all coaches and parents.
- Administer and monitor tube feedings/ medications
- Administer and monitor students Diabetes- ongoing teaching in the nurse’s office
- Collect, monitor and report Immunizations and BMI information for State mandates
- Provide a safe and healthy environment for all students and staff at school
- Manage Defibrillators in all buildings
- Pre-Screen and clear all students for sports- provide coaches with a completed list for season
What are the Differences between the School Based Health Clinic and our School Nurse?
- Provide primary care and treatment for clinic enrolled students, offer physical exams and sports physicals
- Prescribe medications
- Staff is sponsored by for-profit community health center funded by public and private insurance
- Screen for barriers to learning; vision, hearing
- Triage and treat accidents and illnesses for entire school population
- Administer medication and manage chronic illnesses
- Responsible for day-to-day management of entire school population’s health; salaried through education system
- Enhance students’ health and academic outcomes; and overall well-being.
- Reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
When should a student visit the SBHC? Your school nurse will refer clinic enrolled students to the SBHC based on her assessment of a student’s complaint or for a scheduled physical exam.
How do our school nurses help our teachers in the classroom?
State mandates only require minimal screening for seven of the 13 grades children are in school. Currently your school nurses screen every student, UPK through grade 11, every year for vision and hearing problems. They also assess height, weight and blood pressure annually. Your school nurses are able to closely monitor any changes and address concerns immediately.
School nurses provide students with what they need in order to be at school and participate in learning activities. This includes hygiene supplies and clothing, food for hungry students, coats and hats, emotional support/counseling in addition to health care and appropriate referrals to outside agencies.
“The primary role of the school nurse is to support student learning.” National Association of School Nurses
Jr./Sr. High School Nurses
Sylvia Krupke RN
Rebecca Rossman LPN
p: (315) 625-5223
f: (315) 625-4278
Elementary School Nurses
Kathy Treat RN
Robin Bateman LPN
p: (315) 625-5203
f: (315) 625-4713