School Nurse Resources

School Nurse Resources

School Nurse Resources

School nurses do more than just tend to scraped knees and upset stomachs. They play an integral role in keeping our kids healthy.

Yvonne Cook, Highmark Foundation President
We are proud to partner with the Highmark Foundation to help school nurses. We want to provide the resources they need to best take care of our children.

Deepa L. Sekhar, MD, MSc, PRO Wellness Executive Director
We are actively seeking to improve school health. In doing so, we asked school nurses what educational topics would be of most value to them – this way we can assist in keeping their students healthy and ready to learn.

Yvonne Cook, Highmark Foundation President


According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, schools should have one nurse for every 750 students. However, the National Education Association reports that 59% of schools have a higher ratio of students to available nurses. Yet school nurses continue to rise to the challenge. Despite juggling mandated school health screenings, complex medical and social issues, special needs and immunizations; school nurses continue to heal, comfort, mentor and fill a critical need in each district throughout the state.

School Nurse Professional Development Web Series

We are offering pre-recorded, professional development trainings for school nurses throughout Pennsylvania. The School Nurse Professional Development Web Series utilizes physician experts from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Allegheny Health Network to address select priority topics identified by school nurses.

Learn more.

BMI Letter

PRO Wellness has developed and tested an effective BMI screening letter that leads parents to tools and resources for making healthy lifestyle changes for their families. This letter is now recommended for use by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

BMI Letter.

BMI Counseling Toolkit

Opening up a discreet and sensitive dialog with patients can improve efforts to motivate them to make healthy lifestyle changes. Approach weight-related concerns with privacy and without judgment, this can be done by asking if it’s okay to talk about wellness goals. Children and parents may be more receptive and feel less threatened. Use the resources following the link below to guide families on making healthy food and activity choices.

Access our BMI Counseling Toolkit.

Teen Health Toolkit

Penn State PRO Wellness is excited to collaborate with global partners to raise awareness of how young people are affected by diet, violence, self-harm, and mental and sexual health issues across the world, with funding provided by Children’s Miracle Network and GIANT Food Stores. School nurses can help encourage teens across the world to take charge of their physical and mental health, and to facilitate healthy habits they will carry throughout their lives with the FREE infographics, videos and resources below.

Violence Prevention Resources.

Preventive Care and Vaccines Resources.

Healthy Diet and Exercise Resources.

Mental Health Resources.

Sexual Development and Health Resources.

Substance Use and Abuse Resources.

Oral Health Resources.

Mindfulness Resources 

School nurses juggle many responsibilities in caring for their students. This unfortunately can lead to employee and student stress. Mindfulness is not a new concept; but modern-day research suggests this ‘enhanced self-awareness’ diminishes stress and anxiety and, in turn, reduces the risk of developing cancer, disease, and psychopathology. It is useful to practice mindfulness as a tool for general physical and mental health. Learn five ways to reduce stress and how to incorporate daily mediation for mindfulness with our FREE printable resources.

Mindfulness Resource Guide.

Be Mindful Infographic.

Archive Webinars

PRO Wellness is pleased to offer an inventory of webinars geared towards a building healthier school environment.

Access our archived webinars.

Mandated School Health Screenings

PRO Wellness, with funding from the Highmark Foundation, is partnering with community hospitals and school districts in western and central Pennsylvania to expedite Department of Health mandated school health screenings. For information on how these screenings can serve as a model for your district, please refer to our published work.


The School Nurse Professional Development Web Series

The School Nurse Professional Development Web Series


Creating A Healthy School Environment

Creating A Healthy School Environment


Revamping School-Based Health Screenings

Revamping School-Based Health Screenings


Preventing Chronic Disease

Critical Community Need: A Case Study for Nonprofit Hospitals


Lebanon School District

Lebanon School District Screenings


Duquesne School District

Duquesne School District Screenings