They often do not get the credit they deserve. Today is National School Nurse Day! It's a day to take a moment and say thank you.
School health professionals see thousands of students. They often move from school to school throughout a district.
Some of their many responsibilities include immunizations, health care screenings, hearing and vision testing. They also deal with home accidents, diseases such as diabetes and asthma, student obesity, special needs like tube-feeding. They juggle a complex array of medical and social issues.
And there's the “social worker” aspect of what they do including mental, emotional, and social issues. They help arrange for disadvantaged students to receive breakfast and clothing.
School health professionals are available for students when they need to talk. They students cope who are homeless or whose parents are incarcerated.
According to statistics from the National Association of School Nurses, in 2005, Michigan, for example, had about 3,611 students for every school nurse, and Utah had only one nurse for every 4,952 students. At the same time, the number of students with medical needs continues to increase. So take a moment and say THANK YOU to these special people, who are educators, mentors, healers, comforters, role models and so much more!