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J Sch Health. 1998 Dec;68(10):409-14.

School-based health centers and school nurses: cementing the collaboration.

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Adolescent and School Services, Boston Public Health Commission, MA 02118, USA.

Abstract

As school health personnel respond to the changing needs of children, new models are being developed and traditional models are being reexamined. The role of the school nurse is expanding at the same time as school-based health centers are increasing in number. Partnerships between school-based health centers and school nurses are critical for the success of school-based health centers, and partnerships will enhance and expand roles for school nurses. This paper clarifies the role of each in three areas: collaboration, communication, and cooperation. In addition, obstacles to partnerships are examined. The goal of this collaboration is a shared vision for the continuum of school health services in which school nurse and school health center serve integral roles. Elements for successful collaboration between nurse and health center are reviewed, including clarifying roles, shared leadership and program ownership, cooperative training and continuing education, negotiating conflict, and most importantly, maintaining mutual support and respect.

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