School Nursing

The Relentless School Nurse: The Sweet Spot of Summer


During the summer break, school nurses engage in a variety of activities to ensure we are prepared for the upcoming school year. Here are some common tasks and responsibilities that school nurses typically undertake over the summer:

  1. Rest and rejuvenation: School nurses use the summer break as an opportunity to recharge and take care of their own well-being. We take time to relax, spend quality moments with family and friends, and engage in activities that bring us joy and relaxation. This restorative period allows us to return to roles in the fall with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

  2. Professional development: Many school nurses take advantage of the summer break to participate in professional development opportunities. We attend conferences, workshops, or seminars to enhance their knowledge and skills in various areas of healthcare. These learning experiences help us stay updated on the latest research, techniques, and best practices in school nursing.

  3. Reviewing and updating policies: School nurses review and update health policies and procedures during the summer break. We ensure that our practices align with current guidelines and regulations. We may revise protocols for handling emergencies, managing chronic conditions, and administering medications. This helps to maintain a safe and healthy environment for students when school resumes.

  4. Organizing health records: The summer break provides school nurses with dedicated time to organize and update student health records. We review each student’s medical history, ensure all information is accurate and up-to-date, and make any necessary additions or modifications. This meticulous record-keeping is crucial for providing appropriate and timely care to students throughout the school year.

  5. Supplies and inventory management: School nurses take inventory of medical supplies and equipment during the summer break. We restock essential items such as first aid supplies, medications, and personal protective equipment (PPE). Ensuring an adequate supply of these resources is vital for effectively addressing health-related concerns and emergencies when students return to school.

  6. Collaborating with healthcare providers: School nurses may connect with healthcare providers during the summer break to discuss individual student health plans, gather updated medical information, or coordinate care for students with chronic conditions. This collaboration helps to establish effective communication channels and ensures that students’ healthcare needs are met consistently.

  7. Emergency preparedness planning: School nurses actively participate in emergency preparedness planning during the summer break. We can review and update emergency response protocols, coordinate with local emergency services and continue to seek guidance and recommendations to promote safe and healthy school environments.

  8. Connecting with community resources: Summer break provides an opportunity for school nurses to establish or strengthen partnerships with community resources. We can collaborate with local healthcare organizations, clinics, and social service agencies to enhance the support and resources available to students and their families.

While summer break provides a period of rest and rejuvenation for school nurses, it also serves as a time for professional development, administrative tasks, and preparation for the upcoming school year. By engaging in these activities, school nurses ensure that we are well-equipped to meet the healthcare needs of students when school resumes. But first, let’s enjoy this refreshing sweet spot of summer!


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