A School Nurse...What do you do?

Here's a common conversation I'm sure all school nurses have had... 

New Friend     "So, do you work outside of the home?"
School Nurse   "Yes, I'm a nurse."
New Friend      "Oh, where do you work?"
School Nurse    "I work in a school.  I'm actually a certified school nurse and work at a high school!"
New Friend       "Oh, that's interesting.  What exactly do you do there?"

That is where I usually sound like a walking NASN advertisement! 
Isn't it hard to describe exactly what school nurses do?


The National Association of School Nurses

Definition of School Nursing

Definition of School Nursing

School nursing, a specialized practice of public health nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates normal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders that bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potentials.
Approved by the NASN Board of Directors June 2016. 


 I personally enjoy the challenge of making each student and staff
health center visit an educational opportunity to teach
 health promotion and disease prevention.

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9 comments:

  1. I would love to use your school nurse notes, but I need your permission to do so. I am new to your blog and enjoying looking around and love those notes. Please let me know if I can use them with your permission

    Thank you
    Amy, RN
    heidottena@mehlvilleschooldistrict.net

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  2. Hello! I’m writing a story for All You, a national women's magazine, and looking for school nurses willing to share their insider health advice for parents. I love your blog and thought you'd be the perfect interview subject!

    For instance, what are some things you’d like to parents to know about their kids’ health? The more surprising the advice the better—for instance, are kids who often suffer stomach aches possibly just anxious, and how do you gently suss that out? What are some non-obvious ways kids can avoid getting sick (other than washing hands)? If you think your kid or someone else may have lice what should you do, do they really have to skip school? What other advice would you like to impact?

    My deadline is ideally end of today, but flexible if need be. You can call me or email your advice—the more the merrier—along with a phone number for follow-up questions. Thanks so much!

    Judy Dutton
    270 5th Street
    Buzzer 014
    Apartment 2F
    Brooklyn, NY 11215
    917 805 9663 cell
    http://www.judy-dutton.com/

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    1. Hi Judy- I emailed you a couple of questions and am beginning to brainstorm some ideas :)
      -Elisabeth

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  3. Wow! I am so glad to find this blog! I am a school nurse for 5 years in a local college. I really love School Nursing but sadly at times, some educational institutions do not see the value of having school nurses. :(( I have yet to explore your blog but it makes me happy knowing about a nurse writing about her nursing adventures in the school setting.

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    1. Hi.... I hope you're still enjoying the challenges of school nursing!

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  4. I would love to use your school nurse notes, but I need your permission to do so. I am new to your blog and enjoying looking around and love those notes. Please let me know if I can use them with your permission

    Thank you
    Amy, RN
    heidottena@mehlvilleschooldistrict.net

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  5. Hi Elisabeth,

    I recently came across your blog and was impressed by the content. Thank you for sharing the importance of nurse in our school systems. School nurses tend to be under appreciated!
    As I'm sure you know, September is National Childhood Obesity Month. As school nurses, we see first hand the epidemic that is childhood obesity. As health professionals, what can we do to help children and their parents make healthier decision? To the best of our abilities, we can educate our patients about the consequences of poor nutrition and how to make healthier choices for a proper diet. Check out my recent blog post on nutrition tips for children: https://www.ghresources.com/2016/09/national-childhood-obesity-month/
    I'm interested in hearing your opinion on how school nurses can help children make healthier choices.

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  6. Thank you for sharing. You have broadened my knowledge. Keep up the good work!

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  7. Hi Elizabeth
    I follow your blog and am very impressed by the insightful articles you post. We at Harlingen Medical center are recruiting nurses in . As such I am sending you a link to apply for the Career fair on 23 Feb 17.
    Do come and forward to all the nurses in your blog!
    http://www.nursebuff.com/best-nursing-blogs/

    Regards
    Monica

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