Welcome to the School Nurse Page

School nurses are integral members of the education team, playing a key role in promoting health and helping students to improve learning readiness by working with staff, students and their families. In addition, school nurses develop Emergency Care Plans for students with diabetes, seizures, and life threatening allergies. They also develop Individual Care Plans for other health conditions and medically fragile students. School Nurses help assess students who are being evaluated for Special Education. We ore responsible for state mandated Vision and Hearing Screening each year. And, we contribute to 504 accommodation plans working closely with school counselors. School Nurses work closely with local health departments regarding communicable diseases and immunization compliance in schools.

Nurse Tessa
I am Nurse Tessa. I have been working in the nursing field for 8 years at an orthopedic practice and substituting as a school nurse. I first received my nursing licence from Bellingham Technical College then went on to complete my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington. My goal as a nurse is to be an asset in my community to promote healthy living. I am excited to have a wonderful platform as a school nurse to build my nursing career on. I enjoy spending time with my two very active kids, hiking, playing outdoors and volunteering at our local church.
Tessa McIlraith, BSN, RN
Burlington-Edison District Nurse
B-EHS/LU Schools
301 N. Burlington Blvd.
Burlington, WA 98233
360.391.9147 or 757.4074 Ext. 3507
Fax: 360.757.3350

Nurse Sara
I am a lifelong Burlington resident, having attended Allen Elementary and graduating from BEHS (1995). I then attended and graduated from Seattle University in 1999 with my Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing. Right out of college I worked at Seattle Children's Hospital where I was challenged every day and learned SO much! I have been a pediatric clinic nurse since 2001, with 14 of those years being spent at Skagit Pediatrics. I love working with kids, and am so excited to be doing so in the school district where I grew up! I have a husband and two beautiful children (one of which is a student in the district and the other one will be soon!).
Sara Dossen, BSN, RN
School Nurse (Bay View, Edison, Allen,West View)
15241 Josh Wilson Rd.
Burlington, WA 98233
E-mail: sdossen@be.wednet.edu
Work: (360)757.3322 Ext. 6105
Cell: (360)661.5933
Fax: (360)757.1582

Health Resources


Human Growth Videos

B-E Human Growth Videos

The videos at this link are for Burlington-Edison Staff and Students only, if you are a parent of a student in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade student you may request access from the B-E Technology Department

Vaccine Info

Where can I get my child up to date with vaccines?
  • Call your child's provider and ask for an immunization visit. Most clinics are able to see your child that day or within the same week as long as your child is an established patient and has been seen in the last 1-2 years.
  • If it has been more than 1- 2 years since your child has been seen, you may need to schedule a well-child visit and can get the vaccines at that appointment. Well-child appointments may be a month or two out, so make sure to call soon to assure getting your child's vaccines in time for school.
  • Some pharmacies provide children's vaccines and may be able to bill your insurance. Check for ages and days/times individually with each pharmacy.
  • If you do not have a provider or health insurance you may access Washington Connections, https://www.washingtonconnection.org/home/ This is a statewide database to assist you in finding resources based on income. If you do not have access to a computer you may go to: Sea Mar Community Health Clinic 1400 N. Laventure Rd, Mount Vernon (360) 428-4075 They can assist you in getting signed up with a health insurance plan.
  • If you do not have a current provider you may also phone or go to Sea Mar Community Health Clinic to get your child up to date with immunizations. They can help you get signed up with one of their providers for ongoing care.
  • You may access your records from your provider's office or call: Washington Department of Health at (866) 397-0337 to access records from the WA state registry. The registry may not have all the vaccines your child has received.
  • If you received vaccines at Skagit County Health Dept. you may request those records from them. Phone: (360) 336-9380.

Educator Training


Concussions aren’t like other injuries. The healing process isn’t simple or straightforward, and a variety of accommodations may be needed. This program helps you learn more about concussions and provides materials you can use with your students.













Dear Families,

The flu season is in full effect in Washington state and we wanted to share some reminders about the flu and keeping your family healthy. Symptoms that would be a concern for the flu would include:

Fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, and fatigue. CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities. Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol®. You should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings. Stay away from others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. If you must leave home, wear a facemask if you have one, or cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Wash your hands often to keep from spreading flu to others. Please contact your school nurse or primary care physician if you have any questions or concerns about the flu or other illnesses.

From your school nurses,

Tessa McIlraith, BSN, RN

Becky Neff, BSN, RN

Sara Dossen, BSN, RN