School Nurses

School Nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. Goshen Community Schools provides a school nurse in each building in the corporation ensuring that health services are provided to benefit the health and success of all students.

The goal of the School Nurse is to promote a safe and healthy community in which students will be encouraged to become lifelong learners, self-managers, and self-advocates for their health and education.

How does a School Nurse
Benefit a School

  • Increase Student Attendance – Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Disease Management improve student attendance
  • Increase Academic Performance – Improved attendance then increases student achievement and graduation rates.
  • Increase Instructional Time – Teachers, Principals, and Staff can focus on teaching and serving students.
  • Major Cost Benefit –
    • Increase Teacher/Staff Productivity
    • Decrease Parent loss of workdays
    • Decrease unnecessary medical care costs

 How to Have a Healthy School Year

  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep at night
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Take medicine if needed for colds and other aches and pains before school
  • Wear clothes appropriate for the weather
  • Carry a backpack on both shoulders; don’t carry more than 30% of your weight
  • Wash hands frequently – before eating, after using the bathroom, after coughing or blowing your nose.
  • Drink plenty of water every day and avoid soda and sugary drinks.


GCS Nursing Staff

GIS – Angel Hostetler

GJH – Kent Beck

GHS – Wendy Swallow (Nurse Coordinator)
GHS – Tara Rauch
Chamberlain – Tonya Burgess
Chandler – Stephanie Hershberger
Model – Tonya Harmelink
Parkside – Brenda Wiebe
Prairie View – Sarah Roth
Waterford – Jeff Vardaman
West Goshen – Elizabeth Vukovich

Coordinated School Health

Goshen Community Schools employs a coordinated school health program to help ensure the mental and physical health and wellness of students, staff, and the Goshen community. We have recently approved an updated Wellness Policy based on the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model (WSCC) as established by ASCD and the CDC.

Goshen Community School’s Coordinated School Health Committee supports student achievement by implementing this model to promote student and staff health, safety, and wellness.

The Coordinated School Health Committee meets every other month to create, implement, monitor and evaluate wellness initiatives throughout our schools.

Healthy kids make better students. Better students make healthy communities.

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