About National School Nurse Day
A school nurse is a licensed healthcare professional who is responsible for providing medical care and support to students, staff, and faculty within a school setting. The specific duties of a school nurse can vary depending on the size and type of school, but generally include:
Health assessments: Conducting health assessments, such as measuring height, weight, and blood pressure, and checking for any signs of illness or injury.
First aid: Providing first aid and emergency care for injuries or illnesses that occur at school.
Chronic condition management: Assisting students with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes or asthma, by providing care and support and coordinating with healthcare providers.
Medication administration: Administering medications and treatments as prescribed by a healthcare provider.
Health education: Providing health education and promoting healthy behaviors, such as proper hand hygiene and nutrition, to students, staff, and faculty.
Infection control: Monitoring for and preventing the spread of communicable diseases and promoting infection control practices, such as hand washing and vaccination.
Mental health support: Providing mental health support and referrals for students who are struggling with emotional or behavioral issues.
In summary, a school nurse plays a critical role in promoting the health and well-being of students, staff, and faculty within a school setting. They are responsible for providing medical care, promoting health education, and addressing a variety of health-related issues that arise in a school setting.