Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Health care professionals have been in the spotlight throughout the pandemic for their hard work. On School Nurses Day—Wednesday, May 12, 2021—let’s take time to thank our school nurses! We truly appreciate the extra time and devotion of the MPS school nursing staff this year in helping the district navigate COVID-19.
School nurses are an integral part of student education through the work they perform in looking after individual student health needs, supporting families, and offering school-wide programs. 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.
This year, school nurses have played a key role in researching and advising district leaders as to best practices for staff returning to work and students returning to classrooms. Our return to school would not have been possible without our nurses!
National School Nurses Day is May 12, 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, immunization compliance, mental health, first aid and sudden illness, emergency care, and more.
According to the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), school nurses benefit students and schools in many 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 wellbeing of staff.
- Nurses help school accountability by promoting compliance with federal and state laws.
- Nurses promote emergency preparedness and CPR training.
Today, thank a nurse! We appreciate the tireless efforts of our nurses that helped guide us through this challenging school year.