School Nurse Case Management
In addition to the School Nurse Corps, North Central ESD serves as a Washington School Nurse Case Management site. The Nurse Case Management Program, developed in 2010, is the result of a partnership between Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and their Institutional Education and Health Services Departments.
School Nurse Case Managers work with students who are at risk of failing academically due to health-related issues, such as chronic health conditions or emotional concerns that interfere with their ability to participate regularly and fully in school activities. Case Managers work collaboratively with the student, the district’s School Nurse, staff and administrators, providers, parents/families and community agencies, addressing factors that contribute to student absenteeism and poor academic performance and limit student potential.
The objectives of the program are to:
- Improve health and self-management of health conditions
- Increase student attendance
- Improve academic achievement
Since the program’s inception, case management services have been implemented in eleven school districts in Educational Service Districts 171, 123 and 113. Districts were selected based on multiple risk factors such as high levels of poverty and unemployment, and a demonstrated need for more school nursing hours.
The Washington School Nurse Case Management Program is supported by Federal Title 1 Part D, Health Services funding. Districts eligible for case management services meet specific criteria outlined in the Title 1, Part D program and demonstrate a need for increased nursing hours as documented by the Washington State Assessment of District Student Health Services. Funding in North Central Washington supports School Nurse Case Management in two school districts.
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