Shelton's Health Services

Health Services


School Nursing

School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential. Adopted by the NASN Board of Directors February 2017.

The School Nurse role includes:

  • Provide first aid care and health assessment;
  • Write care plans and coordinate the care of students with chronic or acute health conditions;
  • Communicate with teachers and staff to ensure the safety and well-being of students;
  • Administer medications and monitor delegated medication administration;
  • Assist in the evaluation of students for Special Services (Special Education);
  • Coordinate and provide vision and hearing screenings;
  • Assist families in accessing health insurance and health care services; and
  • Educate and train staff on: asthma, life threatening allergies, diabetes, and blood borne pathogens.
  • Case management (see information below)

The District School Nurse(s) are flexible as special needs and events arise in the district. To contact the School Nurse directly, you can call your school and ask for the nurse.

  • Shelton High School: ext: 16018
  • Olympic Middle School: ext: 14012
  • Oakland Bay Junior High: ext: 15019
  • CHOICE HIGH SCHOOL: ext: 17000
  • Evergreen Elementary: ext: 12000
  • Mt. View Elementary: ext: 13003
  • Bordeaux Elementary: ext: 11007

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What is case management?
A collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation and use of available resources to meet an individual's health care needs through communication and, to promote quality cost effective outcomes.


The School Nurse utilizes principles of health care coordination in the school setting involving students, families, and school staff of various disciplines.



  • With chronic health condition*
  • Having unmet healthcare needs
  • Experiencing Absenteeism related to healthcare needs – excused or unexcused

*A Chronic health condition is any physical, emotional, or mental condition that prevents a student from attending school regularly, doing regular school work, or doing usual childhood activities

*Requires frequent attention or treatment from a healthcare provider, regular use of medication, or use of special equipment

*Prolonged duration – does not resolve spontaneously – rarely cured completely 

What are the goals of NURSE CASE MANAGEMENT:

  • Increase student engagement with education by addressing health concerns
  • Increase academic improvement
  • Address services to youth with complex or serious health conditions
  • Better communication with school staff
  • Improve relationships with parents of youth with unmet health needs

How can NURSE CASE MANAGEMENT  help a student:

  • Overcome barriers
  • Return to/stay in school
  • Improve attendance
  • Improve school coordination
  • Re-engage youth in schools
  • Help with Parent engagement in schools

Benefits to student:

  • Improved self-management of health conditions
  • Increased utilization of health care and educational resources
  • Decreased absenteeism
  • Increased math and reading scores

Why would a school nurse do  NURSE CASE MANAGEMENT?

  • Many students are well served by traditional school nursing services
  • Case management is a model to provide more intensive nursing supports at school
  • A School Nurse trained in this model of case management would work with some students in need of this service.
  • Given the opportunity, nurses can make a positive difference in student academic achievement and in terms of health status.

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Now is the time for you and your children to get the flu vaccination if you haven't gotten it already. It can be given by nasal spray or by a shot. Contact your doctor office.

Now is also the time to be very careful about washing your hands. Germs are everywhere. They are spread by our hands on the things we touch. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash hands, wash hands, wash hands.


Back To School Preparation: Start LICE Prevention at Home

Head lice is not a pleasant topic to think about, especially when it affects our students and their families, and ends up at school and in the classrooms. ANYONE CAN GET LICE. As summer draws to an end and returning to school is near, please help prevent lice from coming to school. What can you do? Be a NIT PICKER! Please check your child/children for lice before school starts. If they have lice please treat the lice, comb out the nits, and repeat treatment in two weeks. Then check their hair monthly throughout the school year to make sure they do not become re-infected.

To find more help on getting rid of lice in the home, and from members of the family, please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for helpful information.

Start LICE prevention at home. Please help ensure lice do not come to school. Please spread the word to your families and friends to check their students' hair too. Offer to help if they have lice or many heads to check. If everyone is a NIT PICKER then helps others to be NIT PICKERS our battles with lice will be minimal.


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  • Historical Notes:  School Nurses are an integral part of student health and safety in schools. These are some of the past School Nurses of the Shelton School District
  • ___________________- prior 1977
  • Marguerite Chin RN  1977-1985
  • Carol Acocks MSN, BSN, RN 1985-2009
  • Anita Madea DNP ed, RN, NCSN 2006-2018
  • Amy Frost MSN, BSN, RN 2014-
  • Crystal Pooler BSN, RN 2019-

District School Nurses

Avet Waldrop RN
[email protected]
(360) 463-6027

Tara Denton RN
[email protected]
(360) 490-8829

Heather Taylor RN
[email protected]
(360) 490-9169

  • 700 S. First St., Shelton, WA 98584
  • p: 360-426-1687
  • f: 360-427-8610

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT: Shelton School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Title IX Coordinator: Linda Arnold, Executive Dir. of Human Resources; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-1687; Email: [email protected]

Section 504/ADA Coordinator: Ivy Kardes, Director of Special Services; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-2151; Email: [email protected]

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator: Linda Arnold, Executive Dir. of Human Resources; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-1687; Email: [email protected]

Gender Inclusive School Coordinator: John Holbrook, Safety and Security Manager; 700 S. 1st Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-6322; Email: [email protected]

You can report discrimination and discriminatory harassment to any school staff member or to the district's Civil Rights Coordinator, listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint.

For a copy of your district’s nondiscrimination policy and procedure, contact your school or district office or view Policy and Procedure 3210 online here: Policy & Procedure - Shelton School District

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