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 started my nursing career as a CNA and worked my way from LPN to BSN. Along the way I worked as a perioperative nurse at an orthopedic surgery center. During my BSN program I fell in love with the public health nursing and began subbing as a school nurse. I am currently the District Nurse For Burlington-Edison School District. School nursing has been an amazing adventure. I love working with students and families for a longer duration throughout their education. It is gratifying seeing students learn to navigate their health and education goals. I enjoy the continual learning and research required to keep up in our schools and with our community needs. My goal is to be an asset to my community for health and wellbeing.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/B-E North/Westview Schools
301 N. Burlington Blvd.
Burlington, WA 98233
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)
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

Nurse Robyn
I have worked for more than 20 years in healthcare. My first experience in healthcare was in High School (MVHS class of 993) where I was a Junior Medical Volunteer, for 4 years at Skagit Valley Hospital. Skagit Pediatrics hired me in 1995 as a Certified Medical Assistant. I graduated in 2005 from Everett Community College with my Associate of Science in Nursing and most recently graduated this past July (2018) with my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University. I worked for Skagit Valley Hospital for 10 years both on the Medical Pediatric floor and in Family Birth. For the past year and a half I have been working as a substitute school nurse for BESD and I am so excited to be joining the BESD nursing team with Nurse Tessa and Nurse Sara. I am a wife and mother to Elinor 12 and Riley 10. I love to travel, go camping, and I Love all things Disney!
Robyn Nylander
School Nurse (LU/Allen)


Health Resources

First page of the PDF file: B-ESDTeenHeartScreening20192
First page of the PDF file: 19-Burlington-Edison-HS_HealthSurvey_FINAL
Download Measels Flyer ENGLISH ESPANOL
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Download Flu Flyer ENGLISH ESPANOL
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Chickenpox Information

Our nursing team wanted to share out some information regarding chicken pox as we have seen it on the rise in Washington. Anyone who hasn’t had chickenpox or gotten the chickenpox vaccine can get the disease. Please check out the flyers for more information




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