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Health Services Department

 

Overview

The Health Services Department provides assistance to students and staff in the areas of health services, health education, and a healthful environment. The role of the school nurse within this program is to strengthen the educational process of children and youth by assisting them to improve or adapt to their health status. The school nurse will promote wellness and disease prevention by early intervention and identification of health problems that interfere with learning.

The registered nurses are responsible for supervising the licensed practical nurses that are employed with the school system to ensure the healthy outcomes for children. The registered nurse is responsible for the following areas:

Health Assessment and Care

               Vision screening

               Hearing Screening

               Dental screening

               Scoliosis screening

               Blood pressure screening

               Growth and development screening

               Illness and injury assessment and interventions

               Nursing procedures such as: tracheotomy care, gastrostomy feeding, catheterizations, blood sugar testing, insulin administration, nebulizer treatments, and diastat administration

               Chronic disease management and education

               Identification, assessment, intervention and evaluation of student health concerns

               Emergency and individual health care plans for special needs students

               Physical exams

               Referrals to parents, agencies and medical providers as needed

               Assessment, interventions and referrals for students with mental health needs

               Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder assessment

               Medication administration training

               Delegation of the task of administering medications to students

 

First Aid and Safety

                First aid room inspection

                First aid and CPR training

                Identification of health and safety concerns in the school environment

                Sports physical review - completed before tryouts/practice for each sport

                First aid support for ROTC activities

                Accident reporting review


Communicable Disease Control 

               Distribution of regulations for communicable disease control to all schools for each teacher and first aid room 

               Screening, assessment and intervention for communicable diseases

               Review communicable diseases weekly reports

               Liaison between the school system, Mobile County Health Department, parents, and health care providers 

               Monitoring of compliance with the state of Alabama immunization law

 

Health Education

               Communicable disease prevention

               Hand washing

               Hygiene 

               Growth and development

               Dental health 

               Standard precautions

               HIV/AIDS

               Scoliosis 

               Nutrition

               Other health related topics as needed on request

 

Crisis Intervention

               Accidents 

               Child abuse

               Threatened suicide

               Rape 

               Threatened violence 

               Medication  overdoses

               Serious illness

               Grief counseling

 

Special  Education Support

               Vision and hearing clearance before psychological testing

               MEDT and IEP meeting participation and consultation 

               OHi participation and consultation 

               504 meeting participation and consultation 

               Special Olympics: assisting with physicals and first aid support

               Special  procedures 

               Bus transportation and field trips with medically fragile students

 

Personnel  Programs

               Bus driver physicals 

               Drug testing for employees 

               Blood pressure screening and referrals

               On-The-Job injury program 

               Drug education for employees and health concerns counseling

 

                                                              



SCHOOLinSITES

Mobile County Public Schools has earned and maintains system accreditation through AdvancED.