Vanessa Cook, MSN, RN, PHN
Head of Program, Health Services
Secretary, Ext 21155
The School Nurses of ABC USD are pivotal members of a coordinated school health care system. It is our mission to promote and support the concept that "Healthy Children Learn Better". If a child is not healthy their ability to learn is compromised. Determining the health needs of our students is accomplished through: following the state’s mandates for diagnostic screenings of vision, hearing, scoliosis and color vision screenings. We promote a healthy environment through monitoring and reporting of communicable diseases; conduct assessments and the administration of student immunizations required for school entry. The School Nurse participates in Health and Wellness Education of students and staff as well as participates in Environmental Health Education in the areas of prevention, preparedness and awareness. Your School Nurse is a member of the Special Education Team who actively participates in the review, monitor, and writing of a student’s health history and current health concerns on the Individual Education Plan. She develops and maintains Health Problem lists, Health Records, Emergency Care Plans, Specialized Health Care Procedures and Medication Procedures.
Your Credentialed School Nurse:
- Is a Bachelor Degreed registered nurse
- Has a Health Services Credential from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
- Is a primary health care provider
- A child advocate
- A Health educator
- A supervisor of health care in the educational system
- A member of the Early Intervention Team
- Assesses and monitors the needs of Individuals with Exceptional Needs
YOUR SCHOOL NURSE MAKES A DIFFERENCE!