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School Nursing and Health - School Nurse Basics

Getting Started

Welcome to School Nursing in Colorado!  This webpage is designed to give school nurses an overview of foundational resources used in Colorado School Nursing Practice.  

Tips to help you get started:

  1. Join the School Nurse Listserv - This is how important information on trainings and updates in school nursing are emailed to Colorado School Nurses.
  2. Sign up for Trainings for New School Nurses - We provide trainings throughout the year for new school nurses and an annual School Nurse Orientation in July.
  3. Download the School Nurse Calendar (PDF May 2019) - This calendar guides the school nurse throughout the school year.
  4. Bookmark the School Nursing and Health Home Page for quick reference.
  5. Review CDE Special Service Provider Licensure information below.
  6. Contact a CDE School Nurse Specialist for any questions!  We are here to help!

Professional School Nursing

School Nurse Licensure

Mentor Program


The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) School Nurse Mentoring Program is available to school nurses who work as the only nurse in a school district, BOCES or charter school.

Program Purpose:

Nurses new to the specialty practice of school nursing typically have less than three years of experience in the school setting. Due to the complexity of the role, large amounts of information must be learned in a short amount of time. New school nurses face challenges with issues that are specific to the school setting for which they have not been prepared in their previous work or academic settings.  In addition, school nurses lack exposure to the face-to-face/onsite mentoring that occurs in traditional health care settings. The school nurse mentor program provides opportunities to connect novice school nurses with school nurse experts and address the unique role of nurses in an educational setting.

How does the Mentor Program work?:

  • Contact the Colorado Department of Education
  • Complete the Mentor Request Form and agreement and return to the Mentor Coordinator
  • A mentor will be assigned and contact you to arrange services

CDE Representative/Mentor Coordinator:

Sarah Blumenthal
Assistant Director, Health and Wellness
201 East Colfax Avenue - Room 302
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303.866.6779
Cell: 303.947.6946


View CDE Mentoring Forms