*The RCSD partnerships across the province are being eliminated by the provincial government as of September 1, 2020. As a result, the information on this page will no longer be valid. The website is being maintained for one year to allow partners to continue to access the resources*
Nurse Coordinators assume the primary responsibility for coordinating health care needs for students with medically complex care needs in school divisions and private schools within the Central Alberta RCSD boundaries. This involves organizing health, school, and community resources that are needed to assist students to function as independently as possible in order to maximize their school day.
The role of the Nurse Coordinator is multi-faceted. Based on the student, family, and school’s situation, there may be short-term or long-term involvement, and ongoing monitoring of the student’s medical condition to determine services required. The following services may be accessed to assist the medically complex student:
Case Management and Coordination
- receives referrals from the schools, Children’s Rehabilitation Services (CRS) therapists, Home Care, Public Health, Diabetes Specialty Care (formerly the Diabetes Education Program), Family Support for Children with Disabilities (F.S.C.D), and other community agencies that have concerns about a student with a medical condition;
- navigates the health care system, and collaborates with health care professionals and service providers to coordinate care for a medically complex student;
- establishes a collaborative care plan based on the needs of the student with the involvement of the student, family, school and other service providers, with an ongoing evaluation of the client care goals;
- advocates on behalf of students, their families, and/or schools to ensure necessary resources/supports are available from the health care system, community resources and government agencies.
- supports, teaches, and provides in-services and/or resources to the student, parents, care providers or school personnel on a variety of topics (such as diabetes, tube feeding, the use of epi-pens, etc.) to ensure that safe and competent care is provided for the student at school.
Risk Management Issues
- identifies and offers best practice protocols that avoid potential risks for procedures for the child that are completed by school staff (G-tube feeds, catheterizations, etc.).
Services may vary according to staffing structure in a school or community.
*This website is a record of a constantly evolving partnership. It is as accurate as possible at any given time and will be regularly updated to reflect changing processes and information. However, be advised that there may possibly be a lag updating the website with the most current information and processes.