Introduction to School Nursing

School Nurse

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The school nurse serves in a pivotal role that bridges health care and education. Grounded by standards of practice, services provided by the school nurse include leadership, community/public health, care coordination, and quality improvement (NASN, 2016a).

A student’s health is directly related to his or her ability to learn. The school nurse addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social health needs of students and supports their achievement in the learning process.

Course Descriptions

Introduction to School Nursing
24 OSPI Clock Hours, Offered Summer and Fall

School nursing is a specialized practice that advances the well-being and health of students in the K-12 school-age population. Our blended class combines the best of independent and in-class learning, allowing participants more flexibility without sacrificing quality or content. This course prepares you for the initial Educational Staff Associate Initial Certification as a School Nurse. Content includes the role of the school nurse within the context of the school and society, growth and development, assessment and screening tools, school law, and legal, ethical and professional responsibilities of the role.

This course is approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) for meeting the requirements for initial certification as a School Nurse.

Prerequisite for this ESA course: Must hold a valid state of Washington Registered Nurse License, and BSN is strongly preferred.  Please refer to the OSPI website for addition information.

Credential/Accreditation Information

PLU is an accredited provider of OSPI clock hours for courses.

Pacific Lutheran University (PA-19#) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education approved by the Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

About our Instructors!

Summer 2024

Registration Opens January 8, 2024

Location: self-study/online synchronous combo:

Self -paced Starts Monday, May 27th, 2024
Live internet Saturday, June 15th, 2024
In person lab Saturday, June 22nd, 2024 (PLU campus)

PLU Garfield Commons 208 Garfield St. S Tacoma, WA  ROOMS 101,103

This was extremely helpful, and I am so thankful that such a thorough course like this exists for school nurse ESA. Thank you so much.

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Intro to School Nursing Summer 2023