2015 ORS 413.084¹
State School Nursing Consultant
  • duties

The position of State School Nursing Consultant is created in the Oregon Health Authority. The responsibilities of the consultant include, but are not limited to, all of the following:

(1) Coordinating and collaborating with the school nurse specialist within the Department of Education.

(2) Providing school nursing policy and program guidance for the authority, the department and other agencies.

(3) Supporting and leading the integration of coordinated school health teams and providing assistance in sustaining the teams.

(4) Providing technical assistance to school nurses on the delivery of nursing care using evidence-based best practice standards and assisting in the establishment of protocols and standards of care in collaboration with professional associations and state agencies.

(5) Providing leadership in the delivery of nursing services in schools.

(6) Providing clinical consultation and technical support to school nurses and school nursing programs.

(7) Serving as a liaison and expert resource in school nursing and school nursing programs for local, regional, state and national health care providers and policymaking bodies.

(8) Coordinating school nursing program activities with public health, social services, environmental and educational agencies as well as other public and private entities.

(9) Monitoring, interpreting, synthesizing and disseminating information relevant to changes in health care, school nursing practices, laws and regulations and other legal issues that impact schools.

(10) Promoting quality assurance in school nursing programs by initiating and coordinating a quality assurance program that includes needs assessment, data collection and analysis and evidence-based practices.

(11) Representing school nurses in state level partnerships between agencies and between public and private entities, to foster a coordinated school nursing program and other multidisciplinary collaborations. [2015 c.793 §1]

Note: 413.084 (State School Nursing Consultant) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 413 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

Note: Sections 2 and 3, chapter 793, Oregon Laws 2015, provide:

Sec. 2. (1) The Task Force on School Nursing is established.

(2) The task force established by this section consists of 14 members appointed as follows:

(a) The President of the Senate shall appoint one member from among members of the Senate.

(b) The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint one member from among members of the House of Representatives.

(c) The Governor shall appoint 12 members as follows:

(A) One member who represents education service districts that provide health services.

(B) One member who represents a school district that primarily serves an urban area.

(C) One member who represents a school district that primarily serves a rural region.

(D) One member from the Oregon Health Authority who is involved in school health.

(E) One member from the Department of Education who is involved in school health.

(F) One member who is a member of a statewide nonprofit organization that is an association organized by and for Oregon school nurses.

(G) One member who represents a statewide nonprofit organization that is a professional association for nurses in this state.

(H) One member who represents classified school employees who work directly with school nurses.

(I) One member who represents a statewide nonprofit organization that is dedicated to developing school-based health centers.

(J) One member who represents a coordinated care organization that provides health services in this state.

(K) One member who represents a private insurer in this state.

(L) One member who is a local public health official.

(d) When appointing members under paragraph (c) of this subsection, the Governor shall consider whether the composition of the task force represents diversity in relation to race, ethnicity, languages and disability status.

(3) The task force shall:

(a) Examine other health care funding sources, including the billing of students’ health insurance for the costs of school health services provided at school, for the purpose of determining if schools may transition from using moneys received for educational purposes to using moneys from the other health care funding sources to pay for school health services.

(b) Recommend sustainable funding sources for school health services that could be used to fund required school health screenings and to achieve the level of school nursing services described in ORS 336.201 (Nursing services provided by district).

(c) Recommend standards of school nursing practices that include outcome measures related to health transformation and academic performance.

(d) Recommend ways to create a coordinated school health services model and to foster and promote a noncompetitive strategy that is collaborative and that directs an appropriate level of funding to school nursing and school-based health centers.

(4) A majority of the members of the task force constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business.

(5) Official action by the task force requires the approval of a majority of the members of the task force.

(6) The task force shall elect one of its members to serve as chairperson.

(7) If there is a vacancy for any cause, the appointing authority shall make an appointment to become immediately effective.

(8) The task force shall meet at times and places specified by the call of the chairperson or of a majority of the members of the task force.

(9) The task force may adopt rules necessary for the operation of the task force.

(10) The task force shall submit a report in the manner provided by ORS 192.245 (Form of report to legislature), and may include recommendations for legislation, to an interim committee of the Legislative Assembly related to education or health care no later than September 15, 2016.

(11) The Department of Education shall coordinate with the Oregon Health Authority to provide staff support to the task force.

(12) Members of the task force who are not members of the Legislative Assembly are not entitled to compensation, but may be reimbursed for actual and necessary travel and other expenses incurred by them in the performance of their official duties in the manner and amounts provided for in ORS 292.495 (Compensation and expenses of members of state boards and commissions). Claims for expenses incurred in performing functions of the task force shall be paid out of funds appropriated to Department of Education for purposes of the task force.

(13) All agencies of state government, as defined in ORS 174.111 ("State government" defined), are directed to assist the task force in the performance of its duties and, to the extent permitted by laws relating to confidentiality, to furnish such information and advice as the members of the task force consider necessary to perform their duties. [2015 c.793 §2]

Sec. 3. Section 2 of this 2015 Act is repealed on December 31, 2016. [2015 c.793 §3]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 413—Oregon Health Authority, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors413.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.