Original Article: PDF OnlyGood Mary Ellen M.S. M.P.H. R.N.Clinical Nurse Specialist: July 1992 - p 72-76 Buy Abstract Dental disease is a major health problem for all school-age children in the nation; for migrant children the problem is most severe. This paper presents strategies for the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in the school setting in case management of migrant children with dental disease. The barriers migrant families face in obtaining health care are addressed. Leininger's transcultural care theory serves as a conceptual framework. Examples of how the CNS functions in the roles of clinician, educator, consultant, and researcher are given. The federally funded Migrant Education Program is described, along with a model dental program developed by a CNS. Suggestions for documenting the effectiveness of the CNS's role in cost containment and in influencing positive outcome measures of school-age children are presented. © Williams & Wilkins 1992. All Rights Reserved.