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ERIC Number: ED539209
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
The Use of Telehealth in Schools. Position Statement. Revised
Hoffmann, Susan; Dolatowski, Rosemary; McDowell, Bernadette; Mancuso, Patty; Rochkes, Laura L.; Wavra, Theresa Ernst; Selekman, Janice
National Association of School Nurses (NJ1)
Telehealth has been defined as "the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration" (United States Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS], n.d.). Telehealth enables collaboration of healthcare professionals to provide healthcare services across a variety of settings. The registered professional school nurse (hereinafter referred to as a school nurse) uses clinical knowledge and judgment to provide health care to students and staff, perform health screenings and coordinate referrals to the medical home or private healthcare provider (Wolfe, 2013). The school nurse serves in a pivotal role to provide expertise and oversight for the provision of school health services, promotion of health education, and connection between the academic setting and healthcare settings. Therefore, the school nurse is a critical link to the successful implementation and use of telehealth technology. It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that telehealth technology may be used to augment school health services but not replace in-person health care provided by the school nurse. [For the complete report, "Position Statements, Issue Briefs, Resolutions and Consensus Statements. Revised," see ED539227.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of School Nurses