Components of a coordinated school health program (provided by the school nurse) include the following comprehensive services:
Health services - Serves as the coordinator of health services program, provides nursing care, and advocates for health rights.
Health education - Provides appropriate health information that promotes informed health care decisions, promotes health, prevents disease, and enhances school performance.
Environment - Identifies health and safety concerns in the school community and promotes a safe and nurturing school environment.
Nutrition - Supports school food service programs and promotes the benefits of healthy eating.
Physical education / activity - Promotes healthy activities, physical education, and sports policies / practices that promote safety and good sportsmanship.
Counseling / mental health - Provides appropriate health counseling, assesses mental health needs, provides interventions, refers students to appropriate school staff or community agencies, and provides follow up once treatment is prescribed.
Parent / community involvement - Promotes community participation in assuring a healthy school.
Staff Wellness - Provides health education, monitoring, counseling and programs that promote a healthy staff and school environment.
(Source: "Scope and Standards of School Nurse Practice" NASN, 2002)