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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 are either BSN or MSN-prepared 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.

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.

School Nurse Extension
Barfield Elementary Sara Bailey 22521
Blackman Elementary Mallory Blankenship 28706
Blackman High Amanda Durrett 22912
Blackman Middle Kristi Hay 29134
Brown's Chapel Elementary Terri Pigg 30909
Buchanan Elementary Holly Smith 25310
Campus School Kari Mullican & Kitty McClellan 26313
Cedar Grove Elementary Keisha Newport 22311
Central Magnet Paige Anderson 23321
Christiana Elementary Andrea Cain 25108
Christiana Middle Chisti Reger 29720
Daniel McKee Barb Herrell 25500
David Youree Elementary Nicole McLemore 25716
Eagleville Tammy Carroll 25913
Holloway High  Lisa Hollifield 26121
John Coleman Elementary Jonna McCracken 26503
Kittrell Elementary Shelly Tilton 26711
Lascassas Elementary Brittney Frost 26908
LaVergne High Rachel Bullard 24173
LaVergne Lake Elementary Angie Dorris 30509
LaVergne Middle Audra Sparkman 29935
Roy Waldron Annex Lisa Nielsen 24504
McFadden Elementary Lisa Hollifield 24905
Oakland High Becky Fuqua 23941
Oakland Middle Jennifer Allen 31112
Riverdale High Juanita Bortnick 23553
Rock Springs Elementary Debbie Shinkle 23120
Rock Springs Middle Sandra Morton 29335
Rocky Fork Elementary Amy Butler 32511
Rocky Fork Middle Angie Tabb 31908
Rockvale Elementary Angie Gillespie 27113
Rockvale High Caitlyn Rowe
Rockvale Middle Jamie Williams 30708
Roy Waldron Sloan Lowe 24307
Siegel High Allison Wadham 25919
Siegel Middle Lisa Robert 28512
Smyrna Elementary Sperri Arviso 27505
Smyrna High Tracy Sissom 23716
Smyrna Middle Lesa Randolph 24706
Smyrna Primary Amy Robinson 27710
Smyrna West Barb Herrell 27907
Stewarts Creek Elementary Meg Relford 30308
Stewarts Creek High Sadie Land 31518
Stewarts Creek Middle Sarah Hanback 30108
Stewartsboro Elementary Amy Vogel & Rachel Phimphivong 27315
Thurman Francis Penny Tidwell 28111
Walter Hill Elementary Elizabeth Hazlett 28305
Whit-Buch Middle Melanie Newhall 31312
Wilson Elementary Sherrie Rahn 28907
Clinical Charge Nurse Shanna Groom 615-605-0842
Clinical Charge Nurse Marjorie Hogan 615-295-4424
Clinical Charge Nurse Jessica Floyd 615-295-4442
Health & Homebound Services Supervisor Sarah Winters 22077
Education Charge Nurse Barb Herrell 22085
float RN Kim Potts  
float RN  Lynn Bridges  
float RN (1/2 time) Chassidy Allen  
float RN (1/2 time)
Kitty McClellan  
float RN (1/2 time) Lindsey Hernandez  
float LPN (full-time) Melissa Flagg  
PRN RN Amy Wheeler  
PRN RN Andrea Hutton  
PRN RN Anndrea Chrisman  
PRN RN Brooke Raines  
PRN RN Clare Shepard  
PRN RN Jami Hage  
PRN LPN Jennifer Hayes  
PRN RN Jessica McClain  
PRN RN Leslie Lyons  
PRN RN Lisa Williams  
PRN RN Teresa Funk  
PRN RN Whitney Tidwell