Date of Paper/Work


Type of Paper/Work

Scholarly project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing




Kathleen Kalb


Children and youth with special health care needs encompass a diverse group, yet many of their families face similar challenges in coordinating care and seeking support for their children. The licensed school nurse, having been trained as a public health nurse, is uniquely positioned to provide family-centered care that improves health outcomes, addresses health inequities, and empowers families to access resources. Intentional collaboration between the licensed school nurse and families will optimize children’s health and ability to fully participate in school. School nurses have as part of their scope of practice the role of health teacher and health promoter (National School Nurses Association & American Nurses Association, 2011). By providing a more holistic, family-centered approach, the school nurse is able to see the child in the context of the family and better meet the needs of the child and the child’s family.