ERIC Number: EJ885493
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Records--The Achilles' Heel of School Nursing: Answers to Bothersome Questions
Schwab, Nadine C.; Pohlman, Katherine J.
Journal of School Nursing, v20 n4 p236-241 2004
This article addresses practice issues related to school health records and school nursing documentation. Because the issues have been posed by practicing school nurses, the article is in Question and Answer (Q&A) format. Specifically, the questions addressed concern the following: ownership and storage location of student health records when the school nurse is contracted from a community health agency rather than employed by the school district; documentation of sensitive health information on students' health records including pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, history of suicide attempt, and HIV status; inclusion of medical diagnoses and current medications on a student's Individual Educational Program (IEP); and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-permitted communications "between" school nurses and health care providers related to students' immunization status, "regarding" a student's treatment needs in school, and "via" facsimile (e.g., records of immunizations, completed physical examination forms, and medical orders). HIPAA, the Family Educational Records and Privacy Act (FERPA), and other laws are addressed as appropriate, and resources for obtaining further information are included.
Descriptors: School Nurses, Privacy, School Health Services, Documentation, Confidential Records, Student Records, Information Policy, Information Management, Legal Responsibility, Federal Legislation, Guidelines, Ownership
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974; Privacy Act 1974