School Nurse

Welcome Ballard Families

My name is Laurie Tirtanadi and I am your School Nurse for the 2021-2022 school year. I’m very excited to be working with all of you! My job is to support your child’s health and learning for this upcoming year. I hope to collaborate with and support you as we navigate these challenging times. I look forward to speaking with you by phone, cell or communicating with you by email.

My office is located on the 1st floor left of the Main Office and my phone number is 206-252-1007. My cell number is 206-308-6706 and the confidential nurse fax line is 206-743-3106. My email is Please do not hesitate to email or call if there are any questions. I am available M, T, Th, F from 8:45 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. and Wed from 8:45 a.m. – 2:20 p.m. Visit the School Nurse webpage for updates.

Laurie Tirtanadi, RN, MS, ARNP (she/her) School Nurse
Email | Office: (206) 252-1007
Cell: (206) 308-6706 | Fax: (206) 743-3106

Laurie Tirtanadi School Nurse

BHS Nurse Resources

News From the BHS Nurse

Protect your family from the flu! | The Seattle Visiting Nurse Association will be offering flu shot clinics this fall. All SPS students, families and staff are welcome to attend. Insurance, including Apple Health, Medicare is accepted. Appointments will be required. Information about immigration status is not collected. To register for appointments, visit the district Flu Shot Clinics Fall 2021.

School-based health centers located in many of our schools also offer flu shots to any SPS students, even if student does not have insurance. Refer to the list of schools with school based health centers.

Six of these regional clinics will also offer COVID-19 vaccines for all students, staff and families who are twelve and up. COVID-19 clinics are in partnership with Safeway/Albertsons Pharmacy and Public Health Seattle King County. 

Notes From the BHS Nurse

Helpful tips, health notes and self care. Check back often!

Please Note...

The Secret Benefits of Reading | Ever read a fiction book and become so involved the time just gets away? The outside world recedes within the pages of the book and the story becomes your world? When you read a book, you become emotionally involved with the characters.

In essence, you share their struggles and triumphs. You become empathetic to the characters in the book, to their humanity. Fiction can help us understand our own experience in life. There are many obvious benefits to reading, but the less obvious ones include reducing stress and helping us wind down prior to sleep. Regular reading can fight depressive symptoms.

Prepare for Your Student’s Health at School

Washington State Law requires that school staff and parents/guardians plan together for the safe care of their child throughout the school day.

Health Issues

Please report any health issue your child has that could impact safety and learning at school to the school nurse. 

To report an issue, you can contact the nurse directly by phone or email. fill out the online student verification for on The Source (September 1-30), or fill out the Annual Student Health Update paper form (on the district Health Services Forms page). 

Examples include: Seizures, diabetes, asthma, life-threatening allergic reaction, cancer treatment, and anemia.

Medication at School

If a student needs to take any type of medication during school, even if it is temporary, an Authorization for Medications Taken at School form (on the Health Services Forms page) must be completed by the student’s health care provider and signed by the parent/guardian.

Medical Treatments at School

If a student needs a treatment at school, such as: G-tube feeding, insulin calculation, clean urinary catheterization, suctioning, nebulizer, dressing change, and others please have the student’s health care provider complete the Authorization for Procedures to be Performed at School form (on the Health Services Forms page).

Fall Flu Shots

Protect yourself and your community from the flu. Students (ages 4 and older), staff, and community members can get their annual flu shot at one of the flu shot clinics. Visit the SPS Flu Shot Clinics page for dates/times and to find a clinic near you.

Most forms of insurance (including Apple Health and Medicaid) and cash or check are accepted.

Students who are enrolled in their school-based health center can also get the flu shot. Visit the King County School Health website for a listing of locations.

Immunization Resources

Nurse Contact Information

Laurie Tirtanadi, RN, MS, ARNP (she/her) School Nurse

Phone:  206-252-1007, Cell 206-743-3106
Confidential Fax:  206-743-3106

Hours:  M, T, Th, F 8:45 a.m. – 3:35 p.m. Wed 8:45 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Additional Resources

For information on how to. know when your child is too sick fo school, and more, please visit the SPS Health Services Additional Resources page.

School-Based Health Center (SBHC)

Swedish Ballard Teen Health Center (BTHC)

List of King County School-Based Health Centers

Students have access to additional health services through the school-based health center located at this or a nearby school.

Services are available to all students, regardless of their ability to pay. Your insurance may be billed.

Services include immunizations, sports physicals, prescriptions, reproductive healthcare, mental health counseling, lab tests, and nutrition counseling.

Families must enroll their student to receive most services. Students can enroll themselves for confidential health services.

Swedish Ballard Teen Health Center (BTHC)

Images of the Nurses in the Ballard Teen Health Center

In addition to nurse services, we are fortunate to have the Ballard Teen Health Center (BTHC) School-Based Health Center at BHS.

It comprises of a nurse practitioner, mental health and chemical dependency counselors. The BTHC can see BHS students for primary care, health education, drug & alcohol counseling, mental health services, vaccinations, birth control, STI evaluation and treatment. Registration and Consent forms are located in the Health Center and on the Teen Health Center webpage.