New Jersey - School nurse professional development: Staff qualifications and professional development

Area: 
Staff Qualifications And Professional Development
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State law addresses providing professional development to all school nurses.

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.

N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.1 Health services policy and procedural requirements

(a) Each district board of education shall develop and adopt the following written policies, procedures, and mechanisms for the provision of health, safety, and medical emergency services, and shall ensure staff are informed as appropriate:

    1. The treatment of asthma in the school setting, which shall include, but not be limited to, the following requirements:
      • i. Each school nurse shall be authorized to administer asthma medication through use of a nebulizer pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.8(a);
      • ii. Each 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, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.8(a); and
  • iii. Each student authorized to use asthma medication pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.3 or a nebulizer shall have an asthma treatment plan prepared by the student's medical home and submitted to the certified school nurse. The treatment plan shall identify, at a minimum, asthma triggers and shall be included in the individualized healthcare plan and individualized emergency healthcare plan, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.3(b), for meeting the medical needs of the student while attending school or a school-sponsored function;
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