It is estimated that one in four students in United States may have a chronic health condition (Jackson, Vann, Kotch, Pahel, & Lee, 2011; Van Cleave, Gortmaker, & Perrin, 2010); and approximately 6% of those students have multiple chronic conditions. These students have both health and academic challenges. The school nurse is well positioned to support the health and academic success of students with chronic health conditions by providing direct care and facilitating the many practice components of the Care Coordination principle of NASN’s Framework for 21st Century School Nursing PracticeTM (NASN, 2020).
The key resources here support the school nurse role in building school communities that support the health and learning of students with chronic health conditions.
This webpage was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number, 1 NU1ADP003090-01, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2016-2021. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.
National Association of School Nurses. (2021). A model for school nurse-led case management (Manual).
Chronic Absenteeism, School Nurses - An Integral Member of the School Team Addressing
Individualized Healthcare Plans to Support School Health Services, Use of
Telehealth, The Role of School Nursing in
Transition Planning for Students with Healthcare Needs
Skills-based approach to managing chronic health conditions in schools: online (4.25 contact hours)
School nurse-led case management - Application of the nursing process (1.0 contact hour)
Focus on the Framework-Care Coordination (live program) (6.5 contact hours)
Framework for 21st Century School Nursing PracticeTM
Emergency Medications Toolkit
School Nursing Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline: Medication Administration in Schools Implementation Toolkit
School Nursing Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline: Medication Administration in Schools
National Association of School Nurses. (2019). School nurse-led care coordination: Proceedings from the national strategy to action roundtable. NASN School Nurse, 34(4), 229-234.
Improving care coordination for students with chronic health conditions (Toolkit)
Managing Chronic Health Conditions in Schools: Model School Wellness Policy Supplement
(NASN & SHAPE America) Students with Chronic Health Conditions - How to Recognize and Respond to Health Emergencies - What Physical Education Teachers Need to Know (Poster Series)
(NASN & Alliance for a Healthier Generation) Healthy Out-of-School Time Roadmap - Chronic Health Conditions Management
The links below have been identified by NASN as Internet resources that might be of interest to you. NASN does not intend to make any representations about the content on the linked web sites, nor does NASN intend to endorse any products associated or featured on any of those web sites.
National Association of School Nurses. (2019). Translating strategies into actions to improve care coordination for students with chronic health conditions.
American Academy of Pediatrics. (2021). Consensus statement on the core tenets of chronic condition management in schools.
The links below have been identified by NASN as resources that might be of interest to you. NASN does not intend to make any representations about the content on the linked websites, nor does NASN endorse any products associated or featured on any of those websites.
CDC Healthy Schools
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBSS)
School Health Profiles
Parents for Healthy Schools
Research Brief: Addressing the Needs of Students with Chronic Health Conditions: Strategies for Schools
Research Brief: Chronic Health Conditions and Academic Achievement
Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model
School Health Publications
Asthma web page
Strategies for Addressing Asthma in Schools
Asthma: School and Child Care Providers
Asthma Policy for School
Diabetes in Children web page
Danatech: Supports the technology access and assessment needs of healthcare professionals who care for patients living with diabetes and other chronic conditions.
Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel
Allergies and Anaphylaxis web page
Allergy & Anaphylaxis: A Practical Guide for Schools and Families
Food Allergies in Schools
Food Allergies in Schools Toolkit
Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan
Oral Health Connections web page
Best Practice Approaches for State and Community Oral health Programs
Oral Health in Schools
Why Do Children Need Fluoride?
Common Questions about Fluoride
Promoting Oral Health in Schools: A Resource Guide (4th Edition): The resource includes a selection of resources to help schools promote oral health for children and adolescents. Share it with others to put resources at their fingertips
School Nursing Evidence-based Practice Clinical Guideline: Students with Seizures and Epilepsy
Seizure Action Plan
Epilepsy in Schools
Mental Health web page
Childhood Obesity web page
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