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To be a school nurse in Ohio, you need to be licensed or certified by the Ohio Department of Education. This requires that the school nurse is a registered nurse (RN), with at least a bachelor’s degree, and has completed an approved school nurse program. Many people think that school nurses are in schools to help when a student is ill or injured. Bandages and thermometers are often thought of as our most important tools. However, school nursing is much broader than cuts, scrapes and stomachache care.  

According to the National Association of School Nurses (1999) "School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self management, self advocacy, and learning." 

At Mills Lawn our school nurse is here part-time and is a member of our school team. Staff in the school are trained in first aid and able to identify and manage first aid concerns and work with the school nurse to identify students with special health care concerns. 

School health includes health education, a healthy environment and health services. Health education is included to help our students prepare for a healthy lifestyle. Health services include a variety of activities, including screening for vision and hearing, mental health services offered by the school counselors and social worker, and the lunch program offered in the cafeteria. A healthy environment includes everything in the school including clean air, freedom from accidents and pollution, and a safe place to come to school.           

Good health is a responsibility of the entire community. Keep in mind that smoking is not permitted on our school grounds or in the school buildings. Please observe the safety regulations around the school buildings and encourage your students to practice safe health habits such as:

• Regular hand washing
• Wearing seat belts
• Wearing bike helmets
• Wearing protective gear with skateboards and roller blades
• Using crosswalks
• Staying away from construction areas
• Avoiding risky situations
• Getting plenty of rest
• Eating well
• Sharing their concerns with you


Send e-mail to Susan Praeger, School Nurse
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201 S. Walnut Street
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Phone: 937.767.7381
Fax: 937.767.6604
McKinney Middle School &
Yellow Springs High School


420 E. Enon Road
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Phone: 937.767.7224
Fax: 937.767.6154
Mills Lawn School


200 South Walnut Street
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Phone: 937.767.7217
Fax: 937.767.6602
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Yellow Springs Exempted Village Schools
201 S. Walnut Street
Yellow Springs, OH

Call 937-767-7381
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