Mental health care is always a hot-button topic, but never more so than in the wake of a violent tragedy like the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Blame is being batted around like a tennis ball, with fingers pointed at gun regulations, missed mental health signals, ignored reports of a potential for violence, delayed reactions from security, and any number of other people and situations. All these things may or may not have played a factor in the events of that day, but the one thing that is the most common factor in any situation like this of the perpetrator’s need for mental health care. Continue reading “The School Nurse’s Role in Mental Health”
School nurses are faced with a wide range of tasks in their day, from determining whether a little one is suffering from a stomachache or trying to avoid a math test to students who require assistance with ongoing, severe medical problems. Because of this extreme range of responsibilities, it’s important for those practicing school nursing to stay on top of the latest developments in the medical field and to seek additional education and training certifications on a wide range of topics.
In order to determine what additional training and supplemental education may be useful, school nurses should take a look at their student body and what medical issues those students may face. Additionally, talking with school health professionals in schools that feed into their school can give an idea of the medical issues of incoming students in the next couple of years. Other nurses may have personal topics of interest for which they would like to seek additional education. Continue reading “Best Supplemental Education and Training Ideas for School Nurses”
Many times, the school nurse is the first person to recognize physical and mental health issues in a child. As we are not typically equipped to diagnose and manage illnesses, communicating with teachers, parents, administration, and other caregivers is the best tool in our arsenal for ensuring that students get the care and attention they need. Whether you are working with a student who has a potential health issue or one who is being treated for an existing condition, here are some top tips for keeping the lines of communication open and healthy. Continue reading “Open Communication is a Top Tool for School Nurses”
Health and well-being is one of the most critical aspects of the educational system. Children who have regular access to healthcare have the ability to perform better in school and a greater chance at success in life. In many cases, that access to healthcare begins with their school nurse. For the past several years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has made the recommendation that schools with a typical student body carry a nursing staff to student ratio of 1:750, while those facilities which serve students with more intense medical needs have a ratio of 1:225. Continue reading “AAP School Nurse Recommendation Changes”
As May 11 is National School Nurse Day, students, parents, and teachers around the country should be showing their appreciation to the hard working individual who keeps school medical records, performs health screenings, treats and comforts sick and injured kids, and doles out daily medication to students. However, in many school districts, there isn’t enough funding to keep a full time nurse in every school, making the jobs of existing nurses all the more difficult. Continue reading “School Nurses Deserve Recognition and Appreciation”