School Staffing and Services
Staffing of School Clinics
Registered nurses staff the high school and middle school clinics plus Lake Park Elementary School and Will Rogers Elementary School. All of the high school nurses work full time in the schools they are assigned. The middle school nurses are responsible for their school’s clinic plus one or more elementary schools clinics. Two full-time nurses and one part-time nurse travel between the remaining elementary school clinics supervising the trained health aides in these clinics.
All of the nurses have degrees in nursing or another field. Some also have master’s degrees. All nurses are certified CPR/AED/First Aid instructors for the American Heart Association. All of the nurses are also certified vision screeners. All are members of the School Nurse Organization of Oklahoma and the National Association of School Nurses.
The elementary health aides are supervised by school nurses who visit their clinics regularly and are in direct communication with them as needed. These health aides are also full time employees and are CPR/AED/ First Aid certified through the either the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. They have additional training in medication administration and the care of students with diabetes.
Health Screenings and Services
Below is a list of the health screenings that are available for your child at school. Academic priorities and time needed by the school nurses and health aides for other responsibilities determine when these can be done at each school. If you would like your child screened in any of the areas listed, please call your school nurse or health aide to make arrangements for this to be done.
Putnam City’s school nurses can screen your child for vision problems at any time during the school year, make referrals, and offer financial help if that is needed. If you do want your child screened, please call the school and talk to the nurse or health aide.
Putnam City’s school nurses can screen your child for hearing problems at any time during the school year and make referrals as necessary. Please contact your school nurse or health aide if you have a concern about your child’s hearing and would like your child screened.
Height and Weight Measurements
These measurements can be used for determining BMI (Body Mass Index). This index helps assess students for being underweight, overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. Please contact your school nurse or health aide if you want the measurements taken.
The average blood pressure levels are on the rise among American children and teenagers. This rise has been related to the concurrent increase in the prevalence of being overweight and to obesity plaguing our nation. If you would like your child’s blood pressure taken and/or followed, please call your school nurse or health aide.
Scoliosis is the lateral curvature of the spine. Please call the school if you would like your child screened for this. This screening requires that the child remove his/her shirt so that the spinal column can be seen and also his/her shoes so that they are standing flat.