The purpose of school health services is to ensure that all students are healthy and ready to learn.
The school nurse serves as the health professional for the school community.
The National Association of School Nurses defines school nursing as a specialized nursing practice that advances the well-being, academic success, lifelong achievement, and overall health of students. School nurses are involved in: illness and injury assessments and interventions; chronic disease management and education; health assessments and participation in development of Individualized Education Plans for students with special needs; delegation to and supervision of health assistants; administration of medications and treatments; crisis team participation; safety promotion; staff education on emergency conditions; health screenings; health promotion activities; collaboration with parents, school staff and health care providers.
The Wausau School District Nurses are:
Kathy Becker RN,
Horace Mann Middle School (Home School and Office)
Kira McGinnity RN
West High School (Home School and Office)
Rib Mountain, South Mountain, Stettin, John Muir
Health Assistants work under the direction and supervision of the school nurse. They: administer medications and treatments; provide first aid and illness care according to specific protocols; assist in management of chronic health conditions by following an Individualized Health Plan; assist in vision and hearing screenings; act as a liaison between the school and the nurse.