Health Services

Creating and sustaining a school environment that promotes and supports student achievement, health, and well-being.

In White Bear Lake Area Schools, we know that healthy students are better learners. Our Health Service teams are made up of Licensed School Nurses and Health Assistants who work collaboratively with families, school staff, healthcare providers, and community partners to remove health-related barriers to learning and promote health and wellness for our students.

Licensed School Nurses (LSNs) are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Board of Nursing. A bachelor's degree in Nursing with Registered Nurse licensure and Public Health Nursing Certification is required to obtain a school nurse license. LSNs provide services for students with any physical, mental or emotional health concerns that may impact school attendance, participation in school activities and learning. These may include:
  • Severe Life-Threatening Allergy
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Concussion/Head Injury
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Medication (changes and/or concerns)
  • Mononucleosis
  • Seizures
The Licensed School Nurse develops Individual Health Plans for students and works with teachers and other school support team members (deans, school psychologists, school social workers) to provide appropriate support. Each Licensed School Nurse serves several schools.
Health Assistants provide supportive care for students under the supervision of the Licensed School Nurse including:
  • Students who become ill during the school day
  • Students who have been injured
  • Students who require medication administered at school
  • Students needing assistance with day to day management of asthma, diabetes, or other chronic conditions
Health Assistants all have CPR and First Aid training, but may or may not hold a nursing license. They assist the Licensed School Nurse in maintaining a school health record for each student, tracking immunization dates and tracking infectious conditions reported to school.


Licensed School Nurses

Alicia Arnal RN, BSN, LSN
Lincoln Elementary 

Vanessa House RN, MSN, LSN
Sunrise Park Middle School

Scarlett Schmidt RN, BSN, LSN
Willow Lane Elementary & Otter Lake Elementary 

Heather Wilding RN, BSN, LSN
North Star Elementary & Oneka Elementary 


Ruth DesJardins RN, BSN, LSN
WBLAS HIgh School - North Campus & Alternative Learning Center (ALC)

Molly Miller RN, BSN, MPH, LSN
Lakeaires Elementary, Vadnais Heights Elementary & District Center

Kelly Sellke RN, MSN, LSN
District Center


Catherine Foster RN, BSN, LSN
Matoska Elementary, Normandy Park Education Center - ECSE/FE

Angela Mullen RN, BSN, LSN
Central Middle School & Birch Lake Elementary  

Sonja Westercamp RN
WBLAS High School - South Campus & Transition Education Center (TEC)

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