The Gateway School employs a full-time Registered Nurse who is also a NJ Certified School Nurse. The nurse has many years of experience in child/adolescent/young adult health. The nurse’s overall role is to monitor, evaluate and address the overall physical and emotional health of all the students.
The Nursing Services at The Gateway School include the following:
- Providing first aid and nursing care as needed.
- Monitor the overall safely and well-being of all the students, and the staff as needed.
- Health screenings are done annually at the time of the student’s IEP meeting.
- Administering any medications the student might need while at school. This can include daily medication or emergency medications.
- The nurse is prepared to address a multitude of issues a student may have; i.e. asthma, seizures, diabetes, nutrition concerns, or social/emotional concerns.
- Working cooperatively with the students’ personal health care providers if necessary.
- Jointly supporting the families who are monitored by our Rutgers- UBHC Team.
- Providing information and education to the families.
- Providing students with Family Life Education on a cognitive, age, and emotionally appropriate level.
- Attending school trips as requested by administration.
- Work along with the physical education teacher, the social worker, and the staff to provide a safe, nurturing environment for all the students.
- The school follows the new state regulations for on-site AED’s (automated defibrillators.)
- Several staff are trained in CPR and AED use.
- Several staff member are trained in the use of Epinephrine for those students with potential allergic reactions.
- The nurse provides training for the staff in responding to asthma, seizures and emergency situations.