Meet the School Nurse
Hello and Welcome. My name is Madie Nelson and I am the full-time school nurse at Roosevelt High School. As a Seattle Public Schools employee, I am responsible for all students and staff – no special registration required. I am a master’s prepared registered nurse and hold a Washington State Registered Nurse license. I am also a certified critical care nurse. I have over 12 years nursing experience, much of which was in the critical care setting working with a wide variety of populations and health conditions. I share space with the Teen Health Center. My office can be found in 255-D (north-east corner on the 2nd floor). I look forward to working with you and your student to manage any acute or ongoing health concerns.
School nurses play an important role on the education team. They collaborate with families and other school staff to promote student health. School nurses work to develop Emergency Action Plans for students with diabetes, seizures, severe allergies, and other life-threatening conditions. They also develop Individual Care Plans for other health conditions and medically fragile students. School nurses assess health considerations for students who are being evaluated for Special Education. They are responsible for state mandated vision and hearing screenings and work closely with counselors to determine medical considerations related to 504 plans. School nurses also work with local health departments regarding communicable diseases and immunization compliance in school.
PREPARE FOR YOUR STUDENT’S HEALTH AT SCHOOL
Washington state law requires that school staff and parents/guardians plan together for the safe care of their child throughout the school day.
Please report any health issue your child has that could impact safety and learning at school to the school nurse. Examples of health issues to report to the school nurse include seizures, diabetes, asthma, life-threatening allergic reaction, cancer treatment, and anemia. To report an issue, you can contact the nurse directly by phone or email , fill out the online student verification form on The Source (September 1-30), or fill out the Annual Student Health Update form on the district Health Services Forms page – multiple languages available
Medication at School
If a student needs to take any type of medication during the school day, even if it is temporary, an Authorization for Medications Taken at School form (on the Health Services Forms page ) must be completed by the student's health care provider and signed by the parent/guardian.
Medical Treatments at School
If a student needs a treatment at school, such as: G-tube feeding, insulin calculation, clean urinary catheterization, suctioning, nebulizer, dressing change, and others please have the student's health care provider complete the Authorization for Treatments and Procedures to be Performed at School form (on the Health Services Forms page ).
Request your students immunization records: If you are a Washington state resident, you can download a copy of your child’s immunization record by going to wa.myir.net . You must register for an account and then log in. Go to “My Immunizations” at the top of the page and then click the “Certificate of Immunization” button to download the pre-filled CIS and save to your computer. You can also call or email the Department of Health office at WAIISRecords@doh.wa.gov or 1-866-397-0337.
COVID-19 Vaccine: Anyone 12 years or older is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are being offered at multiple SPS sites. More info here: https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what-s-new/covid-19-vaccine
Additional sites through the City of Seattle can be found here: https://seattle.signetic.com/home?lang=en
Fall Flu Shots: Protect yourself and your community from the flu. Students (ages 4 and older), staff, and community members can get their annual flu shot at one of the flu shot clinics. Visit the SPS Flu Shot Clinics page for dates/times and to find a clinic near you . Most forms of insurance (including Apple Health and Medicaid) and cash or check are accepted. Students who are enrolled in their school-based health center can also get the flu shot. Visit the King County School Health website for a listing of locations.
Additional Immunization Resources
- The “RHS Packs for Teens” program provides take-home packs of food for any student who may need additional food outside of school. Packs can be picked up in the School Nurse Office in 255D.
- Students may sign up for weekly food, household supplies, and hygiene product deliveries to their homes – please email or call Nurse Madie to be connected with this resource. This program is support by the Roosevelt PTSA parent group, the University District Food Bank , and community donations.
Grab-and-go lunches and snacks are available in the RHS commons. These are free to all students.
- SPS Nutrition Services
- Nutrition – My Plate (USDA): https://www.myplate.gov/
School-Based Health Center (SBHC) : The Roosevelt Teen Health Center through Neighborcare Health is available to any SPS student at no cost. Registration is required. Services include vaccinations, sports physicals, mental health services, reproductive health, and much more.
Covid Testing Sites: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/TestingforCOVID19
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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
24-Hour Crisis Line 866-427-4747
Teen Link is a confidential and anonymous help line for teens. Trained teen volunteers are available to talk with you about any issue of concern. No issue is too big or too small! Call or Text: 866-833-6546
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Heads up CDC concussion resource: https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/index.html
For information about head lice, how to know when your child is too sick for school, and more, please visit the SPS Health Services Additional Resources page .
Resources for Chronic Health Conditions:
- American Diabetes Association: https://www.diabetes.org/
- Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America: https://www.aafa.org/
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/
- Epilepsy Foundation-WA: https://epilepsywashington.org/
- Food Allergy Research & Education: https://www.foodallergy.org/
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For information about head lice, how to know when your child is too sick for school, and more, please visit the SPS Health Services Additional Resources page.
School-Based Health Center (SBHC)
Students have access to additional health services through the school-based health center located at this or a nearby school.
Services are available to all students, regardless of their ability to pay. Your insurance may be billed.
Services include immunizations, sports physicals, prescriptions, reproductive healthcare, mental health counseling, lab tests, and nutrition counseling.
Families must enroll their student to receive most services. Students can enroll themselves for confidential health services.