I work as a system-wide nurse in my district, I do training, go on field trips and sub for clinic nurses. Friday I sent an email to all the head secretaries at each of the schools in our district informing them this week is National Nurses Week and that Wednesday was School Nurses Day. I also included 5 ways a school nurse benefits their school (as published by NASN).
1. Attendance - through health promotion, disease prevention and management.
2. Academics - With improved attendance, kids are actually in the classroom and ready to learn.
3. Time - Nurses save a lot of time for the principals, teacher and staff that would have to deal with all the minor complaints that are sent to the nurses, such as torn up glasses, flip flops, torn clothing and liquid spills on article of clothing.
4. Staff wellness - Just like students, healthy staff equals increased staff attendance and productivity.
5. Accountability - School nurses keep the schools accountable by promoting compliance with federal and state law, advocating for staff and preparing staff for emergencies.
I got positive responses from the emails; most of the secretaries did not realized school nurses have their own appreciation day. Tomorrow we'll see if this email motivated that schools to show their nurses appreciation. In the past they were never recognized, I was hoping to change that this year and perhaps start a new trend.