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School Nurse Corps

Our Vision

All children receive equitable, full access to school nursing services to be healthy, safe and successful in school and life.

The School Nurse Corps (SNC) program helps to ensure that all students in Washington have access to registered nursing services. Access to a registered nurse promotes student safety, improves attendance, fosters academic achievement, reduces health and educational disparities, and contributes to creating an engaged and informed citizenry and workforce. The contributions made by the SNC provide powerful support in meeting educational objectives and reinforcing the goals of health reform implementation in Washington.


The School Nurse Corps provides a coordinated statewide reach to ensure that every student in the state has access to quality nursing services. Its regional infrastructure allows for flexibility and coordination in response to regional health needs, trends, and initiatives.

Access to Quality Nursing Care for All Students

While funding is allocated by the SNC to the neediest districts in each of the state's nine regions, SNC Nurse Administrators provide orientation, training, mentoring, consultation, technical assistance, and professional development for nurses and administrators in all school districts, thereby improving quality nursing services for all of Washington's one million students.

Reduction of Health and Academic Disparities

Research shows that students who suffer health problems are the same ones who struggle academically and are at higher risk for absenteeism and dropping out of school. This is the very population that school nurses serve, reducing the impact of students' health problems on their academic endeavors. Research also demonstrates a positive correlation between the amount of time nurses spend in schools and the effect it has on student attendance. Unfortunately , budget cuts have reduced direct nursing care to students by 50% while chronic health conditions in students have nearly doubled.

Number of Student Health Conditions and School Nurse Corps Hours 2002-13 through 2015-16

Objectives and Priorities

Given reductions in funding, the SNC prioritizes care based on student safety and in accordance with state and federal requirements. These priorities are to:

  • Identify and protect the safety of students with potentially life-threatening conditions such as diabetes, anaphylactic allergies, seizure disorders and asthma (RCW 28A.210.320), and those with other health conditions that impede their ability to access education.
  • Ensure that health plans are developed, implemented and managed by a professional Registered Nurse (RN) who works directly, and in collaboration with families, students and staff in assessing health needs and creating individualized plans of care.
  • Ensure that students requiring medications and/or medical treatments at school receive them in compliance with current laws and accepted standards.
  • Fund and deliver professional RN services in schools as funds allow. Some direct care services provided by RNs include training staff on emergency management and procedures, and the provision of daily maintenance care and accommodations for students with special health care needs, in accordance with federal requirements under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
  • Provide regional technical, educational, and clinical assistance and support to nurses, school staff, and families. Some SNCNAs also provide direct clinical nursing services to students in their regions.
  • Provide professional development opportunities for nurses in all school districts within each ESD region.
  • Ensure that all students receive health screenings in compliance with state and federal laws.

School Nurse Corps Administrators


SNC Administrator


ESD 101

Julie Schultz, RN, BSN

NorthEast Washington ESD 101

ESD 105

Mary Lou Shean

Educational Service District 105

ESD 112

Julia Kintz, RN, BSN

Educational Service District 112

ESD 113

Lynn Nelson, RN, MSN, NCSN

Capital Region ESD 113

ESD 114

Judith McCrudden, RN, MSN

Olympic Educational Service District 114

Puget Sound ESD 121

Stacy Harris

Puget Sound Educational Service District 121

ESD 123

Les Stahlnecker, RN, MS

Educational Service District 123

North Central ESD 171

Cathy Meuret RN, BSN, MAEd

North Central Educational Services 171

Northwest ESD 189

Lynnette Ondeck, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN

Northwest Educational Service District 189

Unmet Needs Persist

The School Nurse Corps directly serves the health, safety, and learning needs of students in underserved and rural school districts. While thousands of children have benefitted from implementation of health care plans, nursing case management services, and access to significant improvements in school health services since the implementation of the SNC, unmet student health care needs persist. Combined school district and SNC funding for nursing services across the state is not adequate to meet the health and safety needs of all students due to the increasing number and complexity of student health needs as well as declining district resources and the steady erosion of SNC funding.

School Nurse Corps History

The SNC was initially created by the Legislature in 1999 in response to a critical gap in student health care needs, especially in small, rural school districts as identified in the 1997 Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) Survey of School Nurses. Funding is allocated to each of the nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs) School Nurse Corps Nurse Administrator to support registered nursing hours for the neediest schools in their regions.

Award-Winning Program

Recognizing the SNC's outstanding delivery of quality health care and economic efficiency that benefits more than 1 million students in Washington State, Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Weisman presented the SNC with the prestigious Warren Featherstone Reid Award in 2013.