The National Association of School Nurses defines school nursing as the specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students.
To that end, the purpose of the Elizabethtown Area School District Health Services Department is to prevent diseases and maintain health, which enables students to focus on their education and reach their maximum potential to learn. Interventions are limited to problems that happen during the school day and directly affect performance and participation in the classroom*.
The Elizabethtown Area School District Health Services Department is comprised of four Certified School Nurses (CSN)*. The nurses may have a Health Room Nurse, who is a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), who is delegated to care for your child in the certified school nurse’s absence.
School nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self advocacy, and learning.
If you wish to speak to a member of the health services department concerning your child please contact the school nurse and health room nurse in your child's building.
*CSNs are Registered Nurses (RN) with a bachelor's degree or higher in nursing and graduate credits as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for certification.
For questions about the district's health services department, contact Mr. Rich Schwarzman, Assistant to the Superintendent for Compliance and Support Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 367-1521, ext. 10003.
* Illnesses or injuries that happen outside the school day should be referred to your family doctor or treated at an emergency room or urgent care center.