BULLYING is a form of SCHOOL VIOLENCE...
As a school nurse, you might be one of the first school employees to suspect or learn about an act of bullying.
Bullying which results in physical injuries can be some of the most obvious attacks.
However, many forms of bullying cause emotional and other health related complaints.
The health related symptoms (psychosomatic symptoms) can go unrecognized
for a long period of time until they are related to a bullying situation.
Some of the health related complaints caused from bullying include, but are not limited to:
As a school nurse YOU CAN HELP!
1. Gather Information... Collaborate with other school employees (administration) to determine if the situation qualifies as a form of bullying.
2. Be Supportive... Support the student being bullied and support all bystanders while the school administrators properly address the student bully according to school policy.
3. Educate... Education students and staff on bullying, prevention, and responding!
These steps are outlined in greater detail on the Stop Bullying website!
Here is a small list of online (anti)bullying resources:
Information used from the above sites was used to create this blog post :)