Care coordination in schools involves school nurses organizing the care of students by sharing information and maintaining communication among those concerned with the needs and care of students with chronic health conditions (e.g., asthma, diabetes, epilepsy). Those involved in this integrated health care may be:1
- Health care providers.
- Out-of-school time staff.
- Other school staff (e.g., administration).
Care coordination can provide students with chronic health conditions with the following benefits:
- Improve medical management.
- Provide more detailed follow-up.
- Reveal the need for additional resources (e.g., eligibility and enrollment assistance for health insurance).
Some students may have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), or an Individualized Health Plan (IHP) that helps them to learn in an environment that can support their needs. Typically the school nurse plays an important role in establishing these plans.
- Research Brief: Addressing the Needs of Students with Chronic Health Conditions: Strategies for Schoolspdf icon [PDF – 269KB]
- Research Brief: Chronic Health Conditions and Academic Achievementpdf icon [PDF – 288KB]
- Fact Sheet: Health Insurance for Children: How Schools Can Helppdf icon [PDF – 1MB]
- Fact Sheet: Managing Chronic Health Conditions in Schools: The Role of the School Nursepdf icon [PDF – 650KB]
- NASN Position Statement: The Complimentary Roles of the School Nurse and School Based Health Centers. 2015 external icon
- American Academy of Pediatrics, National Center for Medical Home Implementation: Care Coordination Resources (includes curriculum for school nurses), 2016 external icon
- Health services Assessment Tool for Schools (HATS)
- School Health Profiles
- Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
- National Association of School Nurses: Translating Strategies into Actions to Improve Care Coordination for Studentsexternal icon