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05-01-2015 (HCS) - Our school system is fortunate to have a school nurse at each school.  We celebrate these practitioners each May with "National School Nurse Day," scheduled this year for May 6, 2015 and sponsored by the National Association for School Nurses.  Take an opportunity on this day to thank your school nurse. Below is a letter to the profession by NASN president Carolyn L. Duff, MS, RN, NCSN.

Dear Colleagues:

On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, we celebrate National School Nurse Day, a time to honor more than 73,000 school nurses in the United States who make a difference in the lives of children every day. The theme this year, “School Nurses: Caring for Others. Caring for Ourselves,” speaks of the significant healthcare roles of school nurses in school communities across the country, as well as important roles in creating a culture of health and care coordination. School nurses lead the way to advance health and support education by ensuring that students are safe, healthy, and ready to learn.

The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) celebrates school nurses around the globe for their many contributions to health and well-being of students. Indeed, school nurses have cared for students and communities for more than 112 years, and continue to strongly support learning and promote academic success. It is the numerous and varied nursing activities provided in a non-medical setting that makes school nursing unique among nursing specialties. NASN is grateful to you for choosing to be school nurses.

School nurses focus both on population health and individual health. Well-being for students and families are served through health education, modeling of healthy lifestyle choices and school-based management of chronic diseases. School nurses are healthcare connectors among providers, parents and communities, working to bolster student attendance and wellness

Quality school health services demand school nursing skills and practices based on strongest scientific evidence, and school nurses engage in continuous updating of knowledge and skills to best serve student needs.

Research confirms that early access to care and prevention strategies are vital to normal growth and development. School nurses are protecting and promoting student health beginning in the early years and continuing all the way through high school. You are alert to student healthcare needs at each vulnerable stage and stand ready to make referrals and ensure early intervention. Working with 98 percent of school-aged children in the United States every school day, you are protectors of public health. You assess for and remove barriers to learning and assist families in accessing and navigating the complex healthcare system.

NASN sends heartfelt thanks to school nurses and with great pride, applauds the work you do to improve health and learning outcomes for students. Please enjoy the applause and enjoy your special day. You deserve both immensely.

With highest regards and great appreciation,

Carolyn L. Duff, MS, RN, NCSN
National Association of School Nurses


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