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Care Coordination

Care Coordination

school nurse talks with student and her mother

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

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.

Key Resources

References

McClanahan, R., & Weismuller, P. C. (2015). School nurses and care coordination for children with complex needs: an integrative review. J Sch Nurs, 31(1), 34-43. doi:10.1177/1059840514550484

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