Once you are familiar with the document, "The Role of the LSN in the Special Education Process", the SNOM Special Education Committee recommends that you use the following tool, Licensed School Nurse Assessment of Health/Physical Status, as a guide when conducting special education nursing evaluations/assessments for initial IEPs or 3 year reassessments. This tool includes the essential components for an LSN evaluation/assessment according to standards of nursing practice.
The following tools are available to the Licensed School Nurse to use when completing health assessments on students ages 14 and older.
- Depression Checklist: Depression in adolescents often looks different than we picture depression among adults. The checklist, developed by SAVE, can be used as part of the LSN health assessment of the transition age student to pick up depression symptoms.
- Adolescent Autonomy Checklist - Health Care Skills: The LSN assessment of transition age students should include an evaluation of how the student is learning to manage their own cares. This checklist was developed by the Washington State Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Program, Adolescent Health Transition Project and is used with their permission.
- Questionnaire "Are you ready to manage your own health care?" and Discussion Tool: Pacer Center partnered with St. Paul Public Schools nurses to develop this questionnaire under a "Healthy and Ready to Work" grant. The LSN can use this questionnaire and discussion tool with students and families to gather information for the transition age student's health assessment.