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School and Community Nursing

As part of a public-private partnership with the District of Columbia’s Department of Health (DOH), Children’s School Services (CSS) Program places specialized, dedicated school nurses in 110 DC public schools and 68 public charter schools.

“When school nurses effectively promote a student’s health and wellness, it reduces the frequency that parents may have to lose time from work to take their child to an urgent care or ER. The child doesn’t lose classroom hours and is able to stay in school and learn with the class.”

-Roslyn Peaks, MS, BSN, RN at Janney Elementary School

As a school nurse with CSS, you’ll serve students who might otherwise lack access to healthcare as a: 

  • First line of screening and referral
  • Caregiver, enabling medically complex children to attend school
  • Liaison between educators, families, community, and providers
  • Confidante on mental, sexual, and other sensitive health concerns
  • Advocate for a healthy learning environment
  • Emergency first responder
  • Coach, helping students and families adapt to, advocate for, and manage chronic conditions

Yet, the LPNs, RNs, and advanced practice nurses of Children’s School Services must relish the challenge. Both CSS turnover and vacancy rates are less than half the national average.

Learn more about Children’s School Services 

A Place to Grow & Thrive

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Opportunities for professional development support not only nurses’ career aspirations, but patients’ outcomes.

Nursing Education

School Nursing Opportunities

Patient Care

Ready to try on the many hats of a Children’s National school nurse? Search open positions and apply online.

Find school nurse openings