Tuesday, April 21, 2015

the History of School Nursing

Have you ever wondered about the history of school nursing?

How did it become that a nurse would be needed 
to work in the school setting so many years ago.

We know in today's world there are a variety of situations 
requiring the need for a nurse in the school setting, 
but surely it hasn't always been that way.  Or has it?

the history of school nursing

The idea of school nursing starting as an experiment!
In the late 1800s/early 1900s New Year City allowed 
1 nurse to work with 8,671 students.

The goal was to exclude students who needed to be excluded from school,
provide follow up care with the students and their families in order
for them to return to school as soon as possible.

Over that year the absenteeism rate decreased by 90%!
The experiment was so successful that New Year City 
hired 25 more nurses to work in their schools!

Although some of the needs students face today might be 
a little different than when Lillian Wald began the school nurse journey;
the goal is still the same-

promoting health in the school setting so students are ready to learn!

learn more about Lillian Wald here...

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