Celebrate School Nurses
The National Association of School Nurses, Inc. (NASN) has chosen May 9, 2012 as National School Nurse Day. National School Nurse Day was established in 1972 to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. Today, school nursing is recognized as a specialized practice that advances the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To this end, over 76,000 school nurses across the country promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student/family capacity for adaptation, self management, self advocacy, and learning.
The Natrona County School District has 20 school nurses that serve 34 school buildings. They also provide health counseling, primary prevention, and referrals to staff in the district. In the '10-'11 school year, nurses logged 119,118 student contacts and more than 3,600 direct staff contacts.
For more information on National School Nurse Day, visit the NASN Web site at [ http://www.nasn.org ]www.nasn.org.