Cabarrus Health Alliance School Health Program
The school nurses are registered, public health school nurses employed by the Cabarrus Health Alliance. Through a contractual agreement, a school nurse is assigned to each traditional, public elementary, middle, and high school in Cabarrus County for 7.5 hours per day following the teacher calendar. Nurses are also assigned to provide nursing oversight and consultation at the alternative school settings.
The Cabarrus Health Alliance School Health Program began a "nurse in every school" in 1999. Since that time the School Nurse program in this county has become what school administrators want, teachers expect, students need, parents demand, and the community is accustomed to.
Benefits of the Program
- Fewer children leave school before the end of the day due to medical reasons when a nurse is on campus
- Parents can worry less about their children who have chronic illness when a school nurse is there
- School nurses work to ensure that students are happy, healthy, in class, on task, and ready to learn
- Schools with full-time nurses can help students with chronic illnesses better manage their disease and decrease time out of school
- The work school nurses do contributes to healthier students and a safer school environment
- When students manage their chronic illness it can have a positive impact on their success at school
Achieving the highest level of well-being, academic success and lifelong learning of students