WHEREAS, Over a million children spend roughly seven hours daily for 180 days annually in schools, and many of these children have special health care needs requiring medical management during the school day, and
WHEREAS, Schools are required by various laws, such as but not limited to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), to provide health services within schools to allow all children, including, but not limited to those with special health care needs, to obtain “a free and appropriate education” in a safe and “least restrictive” setting, and
WHEREAS, registered professional nurses (RN) are trained as to provide acute and chronic health care to school-aged children and adolescents such as but not limited to direct health assessment, emergency and routine health management, and health counseling, as well as ongoing implementation of medical aspects of health programs in schools as developed by the school medical director, which may include programs such as, but not limited to athletic programs with potential medical risks to student athletes, public health, safety, and welfare of the entire school community in infectious disease outbreaks including during Pandemics, Public Access Defibrillator Programs, emergency medical sites for widespread community disasters, as well as daily and emergency care and medication delivery systems, and
WHEREAS, The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association support that a registered professional nurse (RN) should be present in all schools with coverage supported by the National Association of School Nurses, and be it therefore
RESOLVED, The Medical Society of Virginia supports registered professional nurses (RN) to be present in all schools as recommended by the National Association of School Nurses.
Fiscal Impact: None
Existing Policy: None