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Treating and Managing Head Lice: The School Nurse Perspective

Sally Z. Schoessler, BSN, RN, SNT

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.




1. Nit Free Policies in the Management of Pediculosis. Position Statement. National Association of School Nurses. Available at: http://www.nasn.org/positions/nitfree.htm. Accessed on June 20, 2004.

2. Frankowski BL, Weiner LB; Committee on School Health the Committee on Infectious Diseases. American Academy of Pediatrics. Head lice. Pediatrics. 2002; 110:638-643.

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.

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