Curriculum: School Nurse Services Credential

SF State’s School Nurse Services Credential program is a two-semester, 24-unit program, starting in August. The 24-unit requirement includes two units of Audiometry taken outside of SF State either prior to or concurrent with the program. Units from courses already taken may be transferable, pending review of the course syllabus by the School of Nursing.

Required Course List
Code Title Units
NURS 850 Seminar in Specialized Nursing Practice: School Nursing I 4
NURS 851  Seminar in Specialized Nursing Practice: School Nursing II 4
NURS 852 Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment 3
NURS 853 Vision and Scoliosis 1
NURS 854 Immunizations and the Role of the School Nurse 2
NURS 855  School Health Policy and Leadership 4
NURS 856  Practicum in Specialized Nursing Processes: School Nursing, Clinical 4
- Audiometry - Taken outside SF State prior to or concurrent with the program 2

Courses are provided in a hybrid format. In addition to two face-to-face sessions/semester, most course meetings will be virtual and synchronous (online via Zoom). Course content is organized in an online learning management system called Canvas, which can support online discussion and submission of assignments in electronic format.

Lora Johnson, Lecturer - Pediatrics
Lora Margherita Johnson received her BSN from Samuel Merritt College of Nursing in 1988. She received her MS from the University of California at San Francisco in 1993. She completed a post-master’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program in 1995. She joined the faculty of SF State School of Nursing as a full-time lecturer 2015 - 2018, returning in 2022. She maintains her clinical practice at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland. Her areas of teaching responsibility include undergraduate and graduate level pediatric courses in addition to pediatric clinical education. She has experience teaching Nursing Care of Children Theory, Graduate Nursing Practicum, Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment, Pathophysiology and Diagnostic Reasoning, and Graduate Writing and Research.

Mary Jue, Lecturer, Program Coordinator
Ms. Jue was a staff school nurse and administrator in the San Francisco Unified School District for 17 years. Her most recent position was as a Director in the Student and Family Services Division, overseeing Health and Nursing Services. As a school nurse leader, Ms. Jue has an Administrative Services Credential, was a Superintendent Leadership Fellow in SFUSD, served on the Board and was School Nurse Administrator of the Year in 2015 for the Bay Coast Section of the California School Nurses Organization.

Other Faculty TBD

Roadmap - 24 Units

Semester One

Semester One Courses
Code Title Units
NURS 850 Seminar in Specialized Nursing Practice: School Nursing I 4
NURS 852 Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment 3
NURS 853 Vision and Scoliosis 1
NURS 854 Immunizations and the Role of the School Nurse 2
- Audiometry - Taken outside SF State prior to or concurrent with the program 2

Semester Two

Semester Two Courses
Code Title Units
NURS 851 Seminar in Specialized Nursing Practice: School Nursing II 4
NURS 855 School Health Policy and Leadership 4
NURS 856 Practicum in Specialized Nursing Processes: School Nursing, Clinical 4

Course Descriptions

Prerequisite: Admission to the School Nurse Credential program

Provision and application of concepts needed for nursing practice in the schools. Focuses on the three major competencies of school nursing practice: providing health and wellness services, providing direct client care services for school-age children (pre-K through age 22), and professional management of school nursing services. Emphasis is on the foundations of school nursing practice, legal and ethical issues, and management of episodic illness and chronic health conditions.

NURS 851 Seminar for Specialized Nursing Practice: School Nursing II

Provision and application of concepts needed for nursing practice in the schools. Focuses on three major competencies of school nursing practice: providing health and wellness services, providing direct client care services for school-age children (pre-K through age 22, including students with special healthcare needs), and professional management of school nursing services. Emphasis is on health promotion programs for preschool through adolescence, issues relating to adolescent health, the role of the school nurse in behavior assessment and management including considerations for students receiving special education services, and health service program coordination and management.

Prerequisite: Admission to the School Nurse Credential program

Presents techniques related to the physical assessment, in the school or home setting, of the child, age birth through 18 years. Emphasis is on the common morbidities and mortalities of these age groups including the interrelationship of the physical, emotional, and socioeconomic causes of health problems and illnesses. Requires an otoscope and stethoscope. Individual practice is required outside of class.

Prerequisite: Admission to the School Nurse Credential program

Theory and practice of detecting idiopathic scoliosis, visual disorders resulting from inadequate refraction, ocular mal-alignment, and color deficiency in the school setting. The pathophysiology of said conditions will be presented, the nursing role delineated, and opportunities for paired screening practice provided.

Prerequisite: Admission to the School Nurse Credential program

Presentation of science behind vaccine-preventable illnesses, as well as immunization recommendations and schedules. Presentation of the critical role school nurses play in providing students, families, and school employees with accurate immunization information and access to immunization resources, promoting vaccine compliance and addressing vaccine hesitancy.

NURS 855 School Health Policy and Leadership

The interactions among school districts, community healthcare providers, and healthcare insurers, healthcare decision making at the population level, and the social and economic environment of healthcare are explored. Concepts and theories of public policy-making, relevant political systems in the context of health care delivery in the U.S., and effective leadership models for influencing healthcare and health policy are explored.

NURS 856 Practicum in Specialized Nursing Processes: School Nursing  

Application of a planned sequence of supervised clinical experiences in one or more California public school districts offering nursing services to infants, children and adolescents for the purpose of developing a clinical leadership role in school nursing. Focuses on the three major competencies of school nursing practice: providing health and wellness services, providing direct client care services for school-age children (pre-K through age 22, including students with special healthcare needs), and professional management of school nursing services.

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