State law requires or recommends that all school nurses be properly certified by the state.
216-RICR-20-10-4.10.2 Certified School Nurse-Teachers
A. Qualifications and general duties of certified school nurse-teachers include the following:
- Must be licensed as a professional (registered) nurse pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 5-34 and certified by RIDE pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 16-21-8.
216-RICR-20-10-4.4 General Requirements
- Provide an adequate number of personnel for a comprehensive school health program in accordance with the statutory requirements and the requirements of this Part. Required personnel include no less than a school physician, dentist, certified health educator and certified school nurse-teacher.
Requirements for Full Certification - Support Professional
This document describes the credentials and criteria for a register school nurse.
Rhode Island SCHOOL HEALTH MANUAL Model Guidelines
This document describes the qualifications and role of school nurse-teachers for providing population-based health services to school children in public and non-public schools in the community.
State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-21-7. School health.
(a) All schools that are approved for the purpose of §§ 16-19-1 and 16-19-2 shall have a school health program that shall be approved by the state director of the department of health and the commissioner of elementary and secondary education or the commissioner of higher education, as appropriate. The program shall provide for the organized direction and supervision of a healthful school environment, health education, and services. The program shall include and provide, within and consistent with existing school facilities, for the administration of nursing care by certified nurse teachers, as defined in § 16-21-8, as shall be requested, in writing, by the attending physician of any student and authorized, in writing, by the parent or legal guardian of the student. No instruction in the characteristics, symptoms, and the treatment of disease shall be given to any child whose parent or guardian shall present a written statement signed by them stating that the instructions should not be given the child because of religious beliefs.
State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-21-8. Certified nurse-teacher.
Each school system shall employ certified nurse-teacher personnel certified by the state department of elementary and secondary education; provided, however, that this section shall not apply to those school districts which are currently allowed to share certified nurse-teacher personnel by the department of elementary and secondary education. The school health program as defined in § 16-21-7 shall only be staffed by certified personnel.