Welcome to the
Nursing Services Department

The Nursing Services Department functions as part of the Dover Area School District multidisciplinary team and assists students in attaining the highest level of wellness to enhance learning.

The goal for the school district’s healthy child program is to develop responsible and productive citizens with effective lifelong health habits.

The Function of the School Nurse

Health Appraisals and Screening

Conducts State mandated assessments for:

  • dental exams: K, 3, 7
  • health history and health updates
  • hearing testing: K-3, 7, 11
  • immunizations compliance
  • physical exams: K, 6, 11
  • scoliosis: 6,7
  • yearly vision testing: K-12
  • yearly growth screening & BMI reporting: K-12

Health Promotion and Disease Control

Nursing judgments are made concerning:

  • acute and chronic illnesses
  • communicable diseases
  • school environment

Administers

  • emergency first aid
  • medications
  • routine care

Health Education and Counseling

Provide expertise in:

  • agency referral
  • A. I. D. S. education and prevention 
  • asthma
  • attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • blood donor program
  • diabetes
  • drug and alcohol education
  • human growth and development
  • individual health conditions
  • nutrition
  • pediculosis
  • personal hygiene
  • pregnancy prevention and education
  • sexually transmitted infection education

Assists With Student at Risk

Identifies and refers students for:

  • abuse
  • academic difficulties
  • attendance problems
  • domestic violence victimization
  • drug and/or alcohol dependency
  • homelessness
  • mental health issues
  • pregnancy

Cares For Medically Fragile Students

 Performs nursing procedures for:

  • catherization
  • glucometer reading
  • immunosuppressed student
  • inhalation therapy
  • organ transplant students
  • peak flow monitoring
  • seizure precaution
  • shunt care
  • enteral feeding

School, Home, And Community Liaison

Acts as a resource for:

  • community agencies
  • disaster readiness
  • fire and safety committees
  • free lunch program
  • health professionals
  • multidisciplinary teams
  • parents, students and staff

Understanding Pediatric Body Mass Index (BMI)