(a)  Each LEA shall make available a registered nurse for assessment, care planning, and on-going evaluation of students with special health care service needs in the school setting.  Special health care services include procedures that are invasive, carry reasonable risk of harm if not performed correctly, may not have a predictable outcome, or may require additional action based on results of testing or monitoring.

(b)  Care planning includes but is not limited to:

(1)        identification of appropriate person(s) to perform the procedure;

(2)        teaching those persons to perform the procedure; and

(3)        identification of a mechanism for registered nurses or other persons qualified by state law to plan and implement such health to provide ongoing supervision to ensure the procedure is performed appropriately and monitoring the student's response to care provided in the school setting.

(c)  To assure that these services are provided, LEAs shall have the flexibility to hire registered nurses, to contract with individual registered nurses, to contract for nursing services through local health departments, home care organizations, hospitals and other providers, or to negotiate coverage for planning and implementing these services with the licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant prescribing the health care procedure.

(d)  LEAs shall implement this Rule in compliance with the provisions of G.S. 115C-307(c).


History Note:        Authority G.S. 115C-12(9)c.; 115C-81; 115C-307(c);

Eff. July 1, 1995.