The integration of children dependent on medical technology into public schools

J Sch Nurs. 2009 Jun;25(3):186-94. doi: 10.1177/1059840509335407. Epub 2009 Apr 10.


Advances in medicine have increased the survival rates of children with complex medical conditions, including those who are dependent on technology such as ventilators and tracheostomies. The process of integrating children dependent on medical technology into public schools requires the collaboration of a multidisciplinary team to ensure that both their educational and health care needs are met. As coordinator of the school health program, the school nurse plays a vital role throughout the integration process and during the time the student is enrolled in the school. This article presents a case study that demonstrates the steps in the integration process, the roles of the team members, and implications for school nursing practice.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Chronic Disease / nursing
  • Civil Rights / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Disabled Children / rehabilitation*
  • Gastrostomy / nursing
  • Humans
  • Mainstreaming, Education / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Mainstreaming, Education / organization & administration*
  • Patient Care Management / organization & administration*
  • School Nursing*
  • Self-Help Devices
  • Tracheostomy / nursing
  • United States