1School Nurse Legal Overview Krista Lowe, RN, BSN, M.Ed., Georgia School Nurse Specialist, Georgia Department of Education Reference: Legal Issues in School Health Services, Nadine Schwab & Mary Gelfman
2Legal Overview Objectives History of School Nursing Review history of school health programs in Georgia Identify key federal & state laws related to school health Describe criminal/civil liability and potential legal risks in school health Confidentiality-Discuss the difference in HIPPA and FERPA
History of School Nursing Practice of school nursing began in the United States in 1902 Initial role of the School Nurse was to reduce absenteeism. The primary need involved intervening with students and families regarding health care needs related to communicable diseases. Public Health Nurses were key players- home visits, prevention efforts, direct care.
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