Students across the country are able to be successful at school because of the interventions and actions performed by school nurses every day. This year USD 475 celebrates National School Nurse Day on May 9, 2018. School nurses advocate for students’ health and safety at district and state policy levels. Some of these policies are: safe medication storage and administration, evidence-based ‘too-sick-for-school’ guidelines, involvement in school attendance teams, and promotion of trauma informed care supporting students with mental health concerns.
Students with chronic and acute health conditions can have their health needs met at school because of their school nurse’s clinical assessment, judgment, and planning. School staff are trained by school nurses to understand emergency signs and symptoms, and when and how to get help, allowing maximum in-class time for students who require medical interventions.
School nurses optimize student health and learning every day of the year. But, on National School Nurse Day, USD 475 takes special time to celebrate and recognize the contributions that school nurses are making to the health and learning.