School Health Services

The purpose of school health services is to ensure that all students are healthy and ready to learn. The Minnesota Department of Education does not have a School Nurse Specialist on staff, but works closely with the Minnesota Department of Health and other agencies to support schools. School nurses and other school health personnel may contact the following agencies about health issues:

Minnesota Department of Health School Health Resources
 
  • School Health Nursing Contact:
Erika Yoney, LSN, PHN
School Health Consultant
Minnesota Department of Health
Phone: 651-201-3631 or 651-201-3760
Erika.Yoney@state.mn.us

School health services include acute and emergency care, care coordination, chronic disease management, and family engagement. Qualified professionals, such as school nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, health educators, physicians, physician assistants and allied health personnel, provide these services.
 
School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement and health of students. School nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety, including a healthy environment; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning.
 
The goal of the Minnesota Guidelines for Medication Administration in Schools is to increase the safe and efficacious administration of medications to students in schools by providing crucial information.

This site provides resources to help school (K-12) health personnel implement the Minnesota school immunization law, report diseases, and provide information to students and families.
 
Having good oral hygiene, like daily brushing and flossing, helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Oral health can affect our smiles, how and what we eat, our ability to talk, drink, breathe and digest food, and our overall health and well-being.
 
Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that makes breathing difficult. This site has information on how to manage it and live well with asthma, as well as resources and tools for professionals who help people with asthma.

School Nurse Licensure

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