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Celebrate National School Nurse Day

National School Nurse Day BannerAs we show new appreciation for health care workers during the pandemic, MPS wants to thank school nurses! School nurses support education by looking after individual student health needs, supporting families, and offering school-wide programs.

National School Nurse Day is May 6, 2020. This day was established in 1972 to recognize the value and accomplishments of school nurses. School nurses identify and support students with chronic health conditions, and also assist with immunization compliance, mental health, first aid and sudden illness, emergency care, and more.

A school nurse’s primary purpose is to help students stay healthy and safe so they are ready to learn. School nurses make sure students know how to manage health conditions by taking medication or other treatments. Nurses also work hard with families struggling with poverty or serious health issues, connecting them to community resources such as health insurance, food pantries, language assistance programs, and transportation services, as well as offsite healthcare providers.

According to the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), school nurses benefit schools in several ways.
Nurses improve attendance by promoting wellness and good hygiene.
Nurses enable better academic performance by addressing individual health needs.
Nurses address student health concerns, freeing up administrators and staff.
Nurses improve the general health and well-being of staff.
Nurses help school accountability by promoting compliance with federal and state laws.

Today and every day, thank a school nurse for helping our students stay healthy!


Earl Arms, Media Relations Manager

Shahree Douglas, Director Communications & Outreach

About Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

  • Ninety percent of 2019-20 budget dollars go directly to classrooms;
  • The MPS Class of 2018 earned $86.2 million in scholarships; and
  • MPS is home to five of the state and nation's top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report.

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