health services

Health Services Department

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, gastronomy feeding, catheterizations, blood sugar testing, nebulizer treatments, insulin 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
Vaccines and Health Services
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
  • 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