The IMESD Nursing Program provides services for districts by helping to clearly identify the healthcare needs of special education and general education students on a 504 Plan (birth through 21 years). These include students with special health needs such as seizures, asthma, severe allergies (food, insect bites, etc.) diabetes, shunts, gastrostomy tubes, tracheotomies or catheterizations.
The nurse writes medical protocols and health management plans with input from parents and physicians and provides training to staff about those plans. This ensures that school staff members understand the medical needs of children and know what to do in an emergency.
The Consulting Nurse Referral and Medical Release of Information forms are both required for referral for nursing services through IMESD:
Comprehensive nursing assessment of student's health status
Ongoing consultation with parents, student, physicians, community resources
Development of Health Protocol, Health Management Plan (HMP) and Bus Protocol which is specific to the individual student which is updated annually or as needed
Training of staff per Healthcare Protocol or Health Management Plan, including Anticipated Emergency Tasks such as EpiPen injection, Glucagon injection, Diastat Rectal Gel
Participation in development of IEP/IFSP and 504 Plans for students with specific health needs
Delegation of nursing tasks (i.e. g-tube feeding, tracheotomy suctioning), which are student-specific
Intervene with actual and potential health problems (i.e., triage)
Facilitate positive student responses to normal development (i.e., body growth, physical maturation)
Promote health and safety
Assist with the development, implementation and evaluation of health education activities
Work with school and community teams to ensure timely access to care for students