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The Department of Health Services is under the direction of Sarah Winters, MSN, RN, NCSN. All full-time RCS school nurses Registered Nurses and several are nationally certified school nurses (NCSN).

The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) defines School Nursing below:
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. https://www.nasn.org/nasn/about-nasn/about

School nurses are responsible for gathering health information for each student in the school system and identifying students' health needs at school. The school nurse communicates with parents regarding the health information received and develops an Individualized Health Care Plan (IHP) for the student based on parent input, orders received from health care providers, and knowledge of the disease process.

The school nurse's primary objective is to improve the health of all students, thereby improving their ability to succeed. The nurses see sick and injured children in the schools and provide health-related services to students with chronic health needs. These services may include diabetic care, gastrostomy tube feedings, urinary catheterizations, and tracheostomy care, among other types of nursing care.

The school nurses train First Responder Team members in First Aid and Heartsaver CPR, which includes defibrillator (AED) training, and they monitor the AED(s) in each of their assigned school(s). They train and monitor the medication administrators in their schools and are the resource persons for annual bloodborne pathogen training. The school nurses also perform scoliosis screenings for sixth graders in the school system in an effort to catch potentially debilitating spinal changes as early as possible. 

See below for a list of RCS school nurses and their contact information

Schools Ext. Nurses
Barfield Elem 22521 Sara Bailey
Blackman Elem 28706 Mallory Blankenship
Blackman High 22912 Sloan Lowe
Blackman Middle 29134 Kristi Hay
Brown's Chapel Elem 30909 Terri Pigg
Buchanan Elementary 25310 Holly Smith
Campus School 26302 Lisa Hollifield
Cedar Grove Elem 22311 Keisha Newport
Central Magnet 23321 Paige Anderson
Christiana Elem 25108 Kari Mullican
Christiana Middle 29720 Christi Reger
Daniel McKee 25500 Kim Potts
David Youree Elem 25704 Kitty McClellan
Eagleville 25913 Tammy Carroll
Holloway High 26121 Chassidy Allen/Rachel Phimphivong
John Coleman Elem 26509 Sammantha Bailey
Kittrell Elem 26711 Chassidy Allen/Rachel Phimphivong
Lascassas Elem 26908 Brittney Frost
LaVergne High 24173 Rachel Bullard
LaVergne Lake Elem 30509 Angie Dorris
LaVergne Middle 29935 Audra Sparkman
McFadden Elem 24905 Lisa Hollifield
Oakland High 23941 Becky Fuqua
Oakland Middle 31112 Jennifer Allen
Plainview Elem 32908 Barb Herrell
Riverdale High 23579 Juanita Bortnick
Rock Springs Elem 23120 Debbie Shinkle
Rock Springs Middle 29335 Emily Collins
Rockvale Elem 27113 Angie Gillespie
Rockvale High 32117 Lindsey Hernandez
Rockvale Middle 30708 Jamie Williams
Rocky Fork Elem 32511 Amy Butler
Rocky Fork Middle 31908 Nicole McLemore
Roy Waldron Annex (PK-1) 24504 Lisa Nielsen
Roy Waldron School (2-5) 24307 Amber Newell
Siegel High 29519 Allison Wadham
Siegel Middle 28512 Lisa Robert
Smyrna Elem 27505 Sperri Arviso
Smyrna High 23716 Tracy Sissom
Smyrna Middle 24706 Lesa Randolph
Smyrna Primary 27710 Shelly Tilton/Rhonda Cakebread
Smyrna West 27907 Lynn Bridges
Stewarts Creek Elem 30308 Meg Relford
Stewarts Creek High 31518 Sadie Land
Stewarts Creek Middle 30108 Sarah Hanback
Stewartsboro 27315 Amy Vogel
Thurman Francis 28111 Penny Tidwell
Walter Hill Elem 28305 Elizabeth Hazlett
Whit-Buch Middle 31312 Melanie Newhall
Wilson Elem 28907 Sherrie Rahn