Nurses role in IEP meetings

  • 14 Feb 2018 12:33 PM
    Reply # 5736954 on 5726789

    This is a great question, and likely one we have all asked at some point in time. My personal involvement in the special education process has evolved a bit each year I have been in practice. In conversation with school nurse colleagues, I have come to learn that our experiences often differ.

    That said, last year there was a 2-part article in the NASN School Nurse journal entitled "The Role of the School Nurse in the Special Education Process" (Part 1 in the May 2017 edition, and Part 2 in the July 2017 issue) which you may find helpful. 

    Additionally, the NH Rules for the Education of Children with Disabilities (Part Ed 1103 Participants in the Special Education Process) defines the composition of the IEP team. This can be located on the NH DOE special education page. 

    Maybe this information will give you a foundation to start from.

  • 07 Feb 2018 4:38 PM
    Message # 5726789

    I need to find documentation on the role of the school nurse in IEP meetings.  We have a situation where the SPED leader in one of our schools is trying to push out nurses in IEP meetings, unless it is written in the IEP.  How do we prove that we are part of the "team"?  How are we supposed to know what is going on if we are not present?  Or offer advice if we aren't invited?  Or know what is going on when a particular student is need of our services?  I need some concrete evidence to produce to finally nip this in the bud!

    Thank you in advance for any advice!

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