Supplements Definitive Management of Head Lice in the Era of Pediculicide Resistance
Treating and Managing Head Lice: The School Nurse Perspective
In addition to screening children for
infestations, the school nurse has many
responsibilities including communicating
with and educating school officials, students,
parents, and other healthcare providers and
offering social support to families of affected
students. School nurses also play a vital role
in helping to shape school policies that balance
the need to control infestations with
the needs of students to continue their education.
The NASN has reviewed the impact
of nit-free policies that exclude affected children
from class. These policies, which are
widely adopted by schools, disrupt the educational
process and are ineffective in preventing
the transfer of lice within the school.
Administrators and others responsible for
the development of school policies and procedures
can benefit from working with
school nurses, who can provide the most
current medical information to help schools
manage head lice infestations.
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3. Vessey JA. Current Concepts in Pediculosis Management. National Association of School Nurses. 2000.
4. Management of Pediculosis in the School Community. Position Statement, National Association of School Nurses. In process, 2004.