School Nursing

The Relentless School Nurse: We Care For Other People’s Children/Teens

Reading through the many headlines of what is happening in schools across the country this Monday morning is jarring. I have included examples from the past few weeks of articles that involve school nurses and school health. They are a cross-section of the challenges that schools are grappling with, and all impact school safety. From gun violence to edibles and everything in between, these news stories give a birds-eye view of the social issues that are playing out in the classrooms, hallways, lunchrooms, and health offices of schools across the country. It is no wonder that those who devote their professional lives to caring for other people’s children are exhausted and overwhelmed.

Schools and families are partners in caring for our nation’s children. But it seems we are more often at odds with each other than actual allies. We have to repair the ruptured relationships, but it will take a concerted effort from all of us. The lift is heavy and the responsibilities immense, but school nurses rise to the occasion every single day, 185 days a year for our nation’s 56 million children. Join us, parents, caregivers, and school board members, we are caring for your children. 

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