Today (may 12) we take time to recognize National School Nurse Day. Our nurses serve as a critical support for our students, ensuring they are ready for learning by managing complex chronic conditions; identifying and addressing mental health issues; leveling the field on health disparities and promoting healthy behaviors; enrolling children in health insurance, and connecting families to healthcare providers; handling medical emergencies… and now, navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why is a School Nurse important? The number of students with complex physical and mental health conditions, along with the number of students at risk for health concerns, and students who are affected by societal issues, such as living in poverty, necessitates school nurses to use critical thinking and provide highly skilled, evidence-based practice that meets the needs of students, families and school communities. The nurses in USD 231 do this every day and do it extremely well.
We are thankful for the services our nurses provide to students, staff, and families!