School Nurse's Office

School Nurse

Pat Oostman, RN

  • B.S. - Nursing, Lewis University
  • Illinois Certified School Nurse, University of Illinois Chicago

Mission of school nurse office: to provide health care for illness and injuries that occur during the school day and work collaboratively with school administration/staff, health care practitioners, local EMS, and parents/guardians to provide for the safety and welfare of our students.

Illinois state school code requires that all students have a current physical and complete immunization record.

Parents/guardians should inform school nurse of any medical changes that may arise for their students. Please continue to provide school with accurate names and contact numbers for emergency contacts to guarantee the safety and wellbeing of our students.

The school nurse will administer medication when the appropriate medication form and properly contained medication is supplied and stored in the nurse's office. The school nurse retains authority to exercise medical judgment in the best interest of the student in each individual case. The school district retains the right to reject requests for the administration of medication.

Vision and hearing screening will be provided annually for all new students, special education students, and any students referred by their teachers.

Students with suspected communicable diseases will be sent home and will be required to have a health care provider statement for school readmission.

A health care provider statement is required and shall be appropriately updated when a student cannot take part in the regular physical education program or when any school accommodations are medically needed.

Important information for the 2017-2018 School Year

Asthma Action Plan

In accordance with Public Act 099-0843, Thornton Fractional Township High School District 215 is requesting the parent/guardian of a student with an asthma diagnosis to submit an Asthma Action Plan completed by the student’s healthcare provider to the Nurses Office of their child’s school. The Asthma plan provides the school with detailed instructions on how to treat and/or control your child’s Asthma symptoms and should be written and developed by your child’s medical provider. The plan must be submitted annually and will be kept in your child’s student health file.

Public Act 099-0843 also requires school districts to adopt an “Asthma Emergency Response Protocol” which are procedures designed to guide school staff in assisting students who are experiencing asthma related symptoms. Both the Asthma Action Plan and the Asthma Episode Emergency Response Protocol can be found here.

Any child entering 12th grade shall show proof of having received two doses of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine prior to entering the 12th grade.  The minimum intervals for administration are as follows:  The first dose must be received on or after the 10th birthday; the second dose at least eight weeks after the first dose.  Only one dose is required if the first dose was received at 16 years of age or older.