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National School Nurse Day 2014

Posted over 4 years ago by Tonja Frank

Happy School Nurses Day!  Thank you for all you do!  I have sent out the below press release on your behalf because you are all FANTASTIC NURSES!  This also went out to all Nebraska Superintendents.    Please know that you are appreciated and valued!

National School Nurse Day 2014

The School Nurse: Caring for Others. Caring for Ourselves.

(Lincoln, Nebraska) –National School Nurse Day, May 7, 2014, is a time to celebrate the specialty practice of school nursing. Nebraska School Nurses Association applauds the contributions school nurses make every day to improve the safety, health, and academic success of all students.

The theme this year, "The School Nurse: Caring for Others. Caring for Ourselves." is reflective of the significant roles school nurses have in the healthcare in their school communities, as well as in modeling health and resiliency. That healthy children learn better is a simple truth, and school nurses work to remove barriers to learning. In the United States more than 73,000 school nurses are stepping up to help students meet new challenges they face today and working to support education and advance student health. Health, healthy lifestyles and graduation are the goals.

"School nurses focus on prevention and wellbeing for students and families through education regarding healthy lifestyle choices and management of chronic diseases. Chronic conditions such as asthma, allergy and obesity require a plan of care that school nurses create and implement through communication with parents and healthcare providers," said NSNA President Carolyn Duff, MS, RN, NCSN . "Quality school health services demand school nursing skills and practices based on the strongest scientific evidence, and updating knowledge is continually necessary for health and safety of students. School nurses are healthcare connectors who keep students in classrooms ready to learn."

NSNA believes all teachers deserve to have school nurses in their buildings, so teachers can focus on instruction and individual educational needs; and parents deserve to feel secure that children are safe at school and their health needs are met every day by specialized school nurses. School nurses have the skills to plan and implement care for students with chronic and medically complex conditions and prepare school staff to recognize and respond appropriately to potential emergencies. Prevention is key in school wellness and safety, but planned emergency response and disaster preparedness is essential and an important role for school nurses.

Sharon Baker APRN CNS BC Lefler Middle School MWTHF 402-436-1215 Fax 402-458-3215 Kloefkorn Elementary TTH 402-436-1148 Fax 402-458-3248 sbaker@lps.org