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School Nurses

General Description of the School Nursing Role:  School nursing is a very specialized area of professional practice.  In North Carolina, school nurses are required to be registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree and achieve national board certification in school nursing.  School nurses work to promote and protect student health, facilitate optimal development, and advance academic success.  Grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, school nurses are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential. 
Garrett's Law (N.C. Senate Bill 444) enacted in 2004 and expanded in 2007 mandates that schools provide parents/legal guardians with information about meningococcal meningitisinfluenza, and the human papillomavirus (HPV) and vaccines that protect against these diseases.