School Nurse Corps Program

In 1996-97, Washington State's Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) conducted a survey of school nurses and other workers in public schools. The JLARC survey showed that 89% of students with no on-staff registered nurses were in Class II districts (those districts with less than 2,000 students).

School Nurse

Inclusion of all students in the public school system has created the necessity for school personnel to be responsible for additional and more complex medical procedures, such as EpiPen administration, and to be more knowledgeable about health conditions.

With a more adequate nursing presence, these issues could be safely accomplished in a school setting. Without an adequate presence, students are placed at risk, staff are unfairly burdened, and the schools face greater safety and legal hazards.

In response to these identified emergent needs for school nurse services, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) proposed to develop the state's first School Nurse Corps Program. State/OSPI monies have been funding the School Nurse Corps since August 1999.

School Nurse Corps by County

Clark County
Green Mountain, Jorjan Plimmer—360.225.7366
Hockinson, Shari Hazelbaker 360.448.6420
La Center, Danielle Rivers—360.263.2134
Ridgefield, Denise Morgan & April Eagle—360.619.1320
Washougal
Kate Trabue - Hathaway Elementary
Laurie Schmitz—(Gause Elem., Cape Horn-Skye, Canyon Creek MS,)
Martin McCauley-Washougal HS 
Sarah Holmes-(Columbia River Gorge Elem., Jemtegaard MS) 
Cowlitz County
Castle Rock, Stephanie Larsen—360.501.2920
Kalama, Judy Huntley & Kristine Neff—360.673.5212
Toutle Lake, Stephanie Larsen- 360.274.6142
Klickitat County
Centerville, Julianne Smith—509.773.4893
Glenwood, Mary Knutson—509.364.3438
Klickitat, Mary Knutson—509.369.4145
Lyle, Julianne Smith—509.767.2211
Mill A, Mary Knutson—509.538.2522
Roosevelt, Mary Knutson—509.384.5462
Trout Lake, Mary Knutson—509.395.2571
White Salmon Valley, Julianne Smith—509.493.1970
Wishram, Mary Knutson—509.748.2551
Pacific County

Ocean Beach, Amber Bunker 360.484.7121 / 360.642.3731

Skamania County
Mill A, Mary Knutson—509.538.2522
Mount Pleasant, Jorjan Plimmer—360.835.3371
Skamania, Jorjan Plimmer—509.427.8239
Stevenson–Carson, Colleen Wahto—509.427.5672
Wahkiakum County
Wahkiakum, Stephanie Larsen—360.795.3261

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Program Overview

Program Priorities

  • Provide essential RN services to rural or remote school districts, helping them manage student health problems that can compromise learning readiness and classroom attendance.
  • RN management of student health care plans, medication practices, delegation and staff training.
  • Provide support and professional development to all school districts in school nurse practice, trends in school health services and issues impacting the health and academic achievement of all students..

SNC Nurse Administrator Services

Regional consultation and support for all ESD 112 school districts by:

  • Offering school health and nursing consultation benefitting families, administrators, staff, nurses, and community partners.
  • Serving as a liaison between OSPI, community health partners and local school districts.
  • Assisting OSPI with school health services data collection.

To learn more about SNC contact:

Julia Kintz,RN, BSN School Nurse Corps Administrator
P: 360.952.3519
F: 360.906.1010

Colleen Wahto, ESD 112 Nursing Services Coordinator

Cell (541) 399.2886
Sharon Green, SNC Program Assistant
P: 360.952.3536
F: 360.906.1010

Mission

The School Nurse Corps, in partnership with schools, families and communities, improves student health outcomes, safety, and readiness to learn. The School Nurse Corps promotes equity by increasing access to student health services, and expanding public school districts' capacity to provide a safe and healthy learning environment.

Vision

All children receive equitable, full access to school nursing services to be healthy, safe and successful in school and life.