Health Services Staff Directory
About Our Staff
Health room staffing models vary across the district depending on student health needs. Coverage includes the use of School Nurses (RNs), Assistant Nurses (LPNs), and Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (Health Clerks). Any questions or concerns regarding your student's health should be brought to your school nurse.
Licensed Registered Nurses (RN- School Nurse)
School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement and health of students. To that end, 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. (NASN 2010).
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN- Assistant Nurse)
Tacoma Public Schools utilizes LPNs to assist our students in managing their daily health needs. LPNs work in partnership and under the direction of the building School Nurse. They support in Basic First Aid, are trained in CPR, and practice under their own nursing license to provide skills-based nursing support (such as medication administration, diabetes management, and student illness/ injury assessment). LPNs may serve in supporting the health room or in a 1:1 capacity for students requiring specialized nursing care in the school setting.
Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (Health Clerk)
Our health rooms have a team that helps respond to daily needs to include unlicensed Assistive Personnel, Health Clerks. Under the direction and delegation of their School Nurse, a Health Clerk also helps to assist our students with their daily needs. The Health Clerk and the Nurse work closely together to ensure a safe and inviting environment where students can go if they are not feeling well or have a health concern. The Health Clerk is able to provide basic first aid and is trained in CPR. Their role also encompasses other tasks that are delegated by the School Nurse.