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School Nurses Day May 8, 2019

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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN and works as a Asst Community Manager @ allnurses.

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We task some very special nurses to care for our children at school. Many children go to school with complex medical needs ranging from diabetes to asthma to mental health issues.

School Nurses Day May 8, 2019

Did you know that only 39% of schools in the US employ full-time school nurses? Did you know that in a recent study it was reported that "nearly half of 5- to 17-year-olds have experienced trauma in the form of at-school victimization. Exposure to trauma increases students’ risk for mental health disorders and school failure." This was in a published article in the Journal of School Nursing in April 2019. This is just one issue that school nurses encounter. In-school bullying is known to cause trauma that lasts much longer than the school year. School nurses are on the front lines of education from pre-school age thru college-aged students.

Some of the issues that school nurses deal with include:

  • Asthma which can be a chronic issue with episodic flare-ups requiring
  • Falls
  • Other acute medical complaints
  • Chronic illness
  • Communication with parents, staff and others in the community
  • Assessment of social issues
  • Administer medications
  • Coordinating screening of hearing, eyesight, weight
  • Provide healthcare education
  • Many other duties

So, what skills should a school nurse possess?

  • Ability to listen and also to be inquisitive
  • Very familiar with developmental milestones
  • The ability to explore sensitive issues with tact, understanding and patience.
  • Ability to stay calm in an emergency.
  • Record-keeping and organizational skills.

School nurses wear many hats during a day. They must have great communication skills and the ability to get along with many types of people in sometimes very stressful situations. These nurses face many challenges doing their job including:

  • Students that come from non-English speaking homes
  • Students that have grave social situations i.e., poverty and food-insecurity
  • Homeless students
  • Parental discord
  • Mental illness in students
  • Students with severe physical disabilities

The school nurse supports the students in an environment where they spend many hours of their day. As parents, our children are our greatest asset and some of our most vulnerable citizens. The school is often the only supportive place where these children go.

The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) is the organization who provides school nurses with continuing education, conferences, jobs and “is the leading worldwide expert in providing  opportunities and programs for school nurses.”

The NASN also tasks school nurses to be advocates. Only school nurses have the insight to educate stakeholders so they know the role of the school nurse role and the different school nurses make in the lives of children. Stakeholders need to know why school nurses are important. School nurses serve students and families and should proactively engage their school community. They encourage school nurses to attend PTO/PTA meetings and engage in the community via their local elected officials.

It takes some very special people to be school nurses. allnurses.com has a very active School Nurse Forum - come and share some of the reasons you are a school nurse. Some of our recent threads have discussed nosebleeds, diabetics in the school, questions about time off/PTO, and essential oil diffusers. Current news is also a hot topic.

Happy School Nurses Day 2019

References:

Journal of School Nursing, April 2019

National Association of School Nurses

 

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OldDude works as a School Nurse.

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Thank You!!

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ruby_jane has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Thank you @traumaRUs ! On any given day I give tube feeds (so kids can stay in class), and I catheterize a student twice daily (so he can be in the least restrictive environment). Yesterday I had a kid with what I'm sure is a broken nose; I sent home a kid whom I thought had broken a shoulder - turns out it was dislocated, halleluia! Other nurses provide blood glucose and insulin q 4 hours and provide trach care to keep students in regular classrooms. As school budgets get tighter, we're attractive targets.

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LibraSunCNM has 10 years experience and works as a CNM.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you school nurses do for your kiddos, day in and day out!  I'm a frequent lurker here because ya'lls posts are hilarious and thought-provoking.  As a parent of a toddler I have truly learned a lot from this forum about what to expect in the coming years and the unbelievable work you do for often seriously troubled kids, most of which goes unacknowledged.  You are under appreciated for sure.  Also---sorry you have to share your day with Teacher Appreciation 😄

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NutmeggeRN has 25 years experience as a BSN and works as a HS Nurse.

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2 minutes ago, LibraSunCNM said:

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you school nurses do for your kiddos, day in and day out!  I'm a frequent lurker here because ya'lls posts are hilarious and thought-provoking.  As a parent of a toddler I have truly learned a lot from this forum about what to expect in the coming years and the unbelievable work you do for often seriously troubled kids, most of which goes unacknowledged.  You are under appreciated for sure.  Also---sorry you have to share your day with Teacher Appreciation 😄

Thanks, we love the love from the other side!!!

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Thank you!

I've used Epi-pen for students with a previously unknown allergy, referred out for suspected concussions, and caught early stage appendicitis. 

But, school nurse are invaluable as well for mental health needs. Some schools have counselors, some don't. I don't like being the person a student may disclose abuse to, but I'm glad they feel comfortable to do so with me.

I also teach health, including sex education. Not every school nurse does this, but those of us working in MS/HS are handling sexual health issues more and more. 

School nurses rock. School nurses are needed. Every kid deserves to have one. 

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LikeTheDeadSea has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Certified School Nurse.

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I'm often asked if I plan to go back to school to be a "real hospital nurse."  

I should keep a copy of this article in my pocket to hand people 🙂

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The only person to acknowledge School Nurse Day today was a parent. 

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Our superintendent sent a very heart felt thank you email...to the teachers. Happy School Nurse's Day!

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NutmeggeRN has 25 years experience as a BSN and works as a HS Nurse.

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16 hours ago, BeckyESRN said:

Our superintendent sent a very heart felt thank you email...to the teachers. Happy School Nurse's Day!

Yay for you...not us!!! We met yesterday...not a single word!

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OldDude works as a School Nurse.

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So...this article caused me to think about how often over the years I've posted the same statement on this forum after a heroic intervention by a savvy school nurse...standing on constant vigil as the only medical professional on campus, who springs into action without hesitation at the hint of serious injury or illness:

"Bam, another kid snatched from the jaws of death! School Nurses, that's what we do!"

Think about all the parent and family grief, suffering, and personal loss school nurses have prevented to facilitate a loved one coming home from the hospital instead of from the morgue. Truly a band of heroes!

 

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ruby_jane has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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3 minutes ago, OldDude said:

So...this article caused me to think about how often over the years I've posted the same statement on this forum after a heroic intervention by a savvy school nurse...standing on constant vigil as the only medical professional on campus, who springs into action without hesitation at the hint of serious injury or illness:

"Bam, another kid snatched from the jaws of death! School Nurses, that's what we do!"

 

I love this. I am no longer battling the Angel of Death on the daily. I am standing constant vigil, though.

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