New Jersey - School nurse availability: Standard

Area: 
Standards
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law addresses school nurses in one of the following ways:• At least 1 nurse will be available throughout the district, but not in every school• At least 1 nurse will be available, but not across all grades• School nurses are available on campus, but not every day or not at all times during the school day• School district is required to employ a school nurse, but not each individual school

New Jersey Statutes 18A:40-1. Employment of medical inspectors, optometrists and nurses; salaries; terms; rules

Every board of education shall employ one or more physicians, licensed to practice medicine and surgery within the state, to be known as the medical inspector or medical inspectors, and any board, not furnishing nursing services under a contract pursuant to section 18A :40-3.1 shall employ one or more school nurses, and it may also employ one or more optometrists, licensed to practice optometry within the state, to be known as the school vision examiner or school vision examiners, and the board shall fix their salaries and terms of office.


N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.3 Health services personnel

(b) The district board of education shall employ a certified school nurse to provide nursing services while school is in session pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-1 and 3.3.

    1. The certified school nurse shall work under the direction of the school physician and chief school administrator.
    1. The certified school nurse shall receive training in airway management and in the use of nebulizers and inhalers consistent with nationally recognized standards including, but not limited to, those of the National Institutes of Health and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
      Source: State of New Jersey Office of Administrative Law
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