Public Health Nursing in Schools and Work SettingsSchool Nursing
Health and Nutrition Center (HNC)Health and Nutrition Center (HNC) of the Department of Education (DepED) ismandated to safeguard the health and nutritional well-being of the total school population. The HNC has two divisions:
Health and Nutrition Division
. The Health Division has foursections: Medical, Dental, Nursing and health Education Sections.
is a type of public health nursing that focuses on the promotion of health and wellness of the students, teaching and non-teaching personnel of the school.School Nurses also assist young people in making choices for a healthy lifestyle, reduce risktaking behaviour and focus on issues such as prevention of drug and substance abuse,teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted infection, malnutrition, communicable, and non-communicable diseases.Objectives of School Nursing1.Provide quality nursing service to the school population.2.Create awareness among school children, personnel and administrators on theimportance of the promotive and preventive aspects of health through healtheducation.3.Encourage the provision of standard functional facilities.4.Provide nursing personnel with opportunities for continuing education andtraining.5.Conduct and participate in researches related to nursing care and;6.Establish/strengthen linkages with government and non-governmentorganizations/agencies for school community health work.Duties and Responsibilities of the School Nurse1.Health Advocacy2.Health and nutrition assessment including other screening procedures such ashearing and vision.3.Supervision of the health and safety of the school plant.4.Treatment of common ailments and attending to emergency cases.5.Referrals and follow-up of pupils and personnel.6.Home Visits7.Community Outreach like attending community assemblies and organizing schoolcommunity health councils.8.Recording and reporting of accomplishments.9.Monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects.
Skills needed by and provided to the school nurses to enable them to delivereffective health care to the school populace:
a.Assessment and Screening Killsb.Health Counselling Skillsc.Social Mobilization Skillsd.Good Oral and Written Communication Skillse.Basic Management Skillsf.Life Skills