Quote from RNschoolnurse
I have been told that it is not my job to listen to their problems and that they need to go to the counselor only for any issues they have. I tell the kids if they tell me anything that is harmful to themselves or anyone else I must tell someone. But ordinary frustrations with school, home, life, do I have an obligation to share with their counselor? Does that violate HIPPA if I do?
OK... WOW. So, you are not supposed to use your hard-won therapeutic listening skills? Nah. I think that ties your hands.
You're spot on that if there's something that endangers the student or another person you're legally obligated to report. And the parent has a legal right, via FERPA, to any health record (so whatever you put in writing, the parent can see, whether you intend the parent to see it or not).
We work in a need-to-know setting. I would check with the counselor if it's a frequent visiting situation, if there's cutting or known diagnosis of depression, etc. just to make sure you have all the facts. In that case, I think the counselor needs to know and you need whatever info they can give you.
Obligation is a strong word.