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Keeping Our Kids Afloat Dear School Nurse, Panic set in when my son was diagnosed with diabetes at 9 years old. Chase required a new diet, a new language, and an unfamiliar medical regime. And what I was least prepared for was leaving him in someone elses charge. How could Chase go to school for seven hours without me watching over him? The compassion, ability, and sheer brilliance of Chases school nurse were a great comfort to me. She was available to Chase during all hours of the school day and already knew how best to care for him. Moreover, she took the time to assuage my anxieties, explaining his routine and a plan for emergencies. She educated teachers ...
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printable version For Immediate Release March 15, 2017 Contact: Margaret Cellucci, Director of Communications National Association of School Nurses mcellucci@nasn.org / 240-247-1628 @schoolnurses 45 Years Celebrating National School Nurse Day 2017 Theme: Healthy Nurse, Healthy Students (Silver Spring, MD) National School Nurse Day, May 10, 2017, is a time to celebrate the specialty practice of school nursing. In 1972, the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) created National School Nurse Day to recognize school nurses and acknowledge their role in the educational setting. NASN applauds the contributions school nurses make ...
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National School Nurse Day is May 10, 2017. The following Tweets and Facebook status were created for you! Please use them or let them give you inspiration for your own social media posts in celebration of this special occasion. Also, below the text are graphics you can copy and use in your posts. Tweets that can be posted prior to May 10, 2017: Healthy Nurse. Healthy Students. Celebrate National School Nurse Day May 10th! #SND2017 @schoolnurses www.schoolnurseday.org. (Consider including one of the graphics found below.) @schoolnurses. 60 minutes saved per day for the school principal by the school nurse. Celebrate National School Nurse Day May ...
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Bullying Prevention in Schools Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that the registered professional school nurse (hereinafter referred to as school nurse) is a crucial member of the team participating in the prevention of bullying in schools. School nurses are the experts in pediatric health in schools and, therefore, can have an impact on the health and safety of all students including students who bully; students who are bullied; or students who both bully and are bullied by others (Centers for Disease ...
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Care of Victims of Child Maltreatment: The School Nurses Role Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that prevention, early recognition, intervention and treatment of child maltreatment are critical to the physical well-being and academic success of students. Registered professional school nurses (hereinafter referred to as school nurses) serve a vital role in the recognition of early signs of child maltreatment, assessment, identification, intervention, reporting, referral and follow-up of children in need. ...
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Child Mortality in the School Setting Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that data on childrens deaths in school should be recorded, analyzed and reported at the local, state and national level. The systematic review of data on child deaths is necessary to drive interventions and policies that will decrease mortality from injuries, violence, acute illness and chronic disease in the school setting (Bergren, 2010; Christian & Sege, 2010). HISTORY Schools are not immune from the threat of fatal injury or death of ...
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Chronic Health Conditions Managed by School Nurses Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses that students with chronic health conditions have access to a full-time registered professional school nurse (hereinafter referred to as school nurse). School districts should include school nurse positions in their full-time instructional support personnel to provide health services for all students, including students with chronic health conditions. The school nurse coordinates and conducts assessment, planning, and implementation of ...
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Concussions The Role of the School Nurse Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that the registered professional school nurse (hereinafter referred to as school nurse) is an essential member of the school health team to address student concussions. The school nurse has the knowledge and skills to provide concussion prevention education to parents/guardians, students, and school staff; identify suspected concussions; and help guide the student's post‐concussion graduated academic and activity re‐entry process. BACKGROUND Concussions are considered ...
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Coordinated School Health Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that all children need to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy choices and to address health barriers to learning and academic success through Coordinated School Health (CSH). The registered professional school nurse (herein after referred to as the school nurse) is an integral member of this model and acts as a leader who uses professional education and skills to assist schools and communities in the development, implementation and ...
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Nursing Delegation to Unlicensed Assistive Personnel in the School Setting Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that the delegation of nursing tasks in the school setting can be a valuable tool for the registered professional school nurse (hereinafter referred to as school nurse), when based on the nursing definition of delegation (American Nurses Association [ANA], 2012) and in compliance with state nursing laws and/or regulations and guidance. Delegation may occur when the school nurse determines it is appropriate, ...
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Diabetes Management in the School Setting Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses that the registered professional school nurse (hereinafter referred to as school nurse) is the only school staff member who has the skills, knowledge base, and statutory authority to fully meet the healthcare needs of students with diabetes in the school setting. Diabetes management in children and adolescents requires complex daily management skills (American Association of Diabetes Educators [AADE], 2008) and health services must be provided to ...
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Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) The Role of the School Nurse Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that each student with a Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) order have an Individualized Healthcare Plan (IHP) and an Emergency Care Plan (ECP) developed by the registered professional school nurse (hereinafter referred to as school nurse) with input from parents or guardians, the students healthcare provider, the palliative care team, administrators, teachers, local emergency medical services, local funeral ...
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Drug Testing in Schools Position Statement printable version SUMMARY Illicit drug use is a serious problem affecting the health of the youth in America. The implementation of school-based drug testing programs is a complex issue, and more research is needed to judge their effectiveness. The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) supports community needs assessments of substance abuse problems, including substance abuse in schools. Even though federal drug abuse prevention and treatment agencies do not recommend drug testing in schools, some communities may employ a random drug testing ...
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Education, Licensure, and Certification of School Nurses Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that every school‐age child should have access to a registered professional school nurse (hereinafter referred to as the school nurse), who has a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited college or university and is licensed as a registered nurse through a board of nursing. These requirements constitute minimal preparation needed to practice at the entry level of school nursing (American Nurses Association [ANA] & NASN, 2011). Additionally, ...
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School Nurse Role in Electronic School Health Records Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are essential for the registered professional school nurse (hereinafter referred to as school nurse) to provide efficient and effective care in the school and monitor the health of the entire student population. It is also the position of NASN that it is the school nurse's role to collaborate with school administrators to ensure that EHRs use meets the highest quality standards ...
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Emergency Preparedness and Response in the School Setting - The Role of the School Nurse Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that the registered professional school nurse (hereinafter referred to as school nurse) provides leadership in all phases of emergency preparedness and response. School nurses are a vital part of the school team responsible for developing emergency response procedures for the school setting using an all-hazards approach. The school nurse is often the first health professional ...
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Environmental Health in the School Setting: The Role of the School Nurse Position Statement printable version SUMMARY Environmental health is a branch of public health that is concerned with all aspects of the natural and built environment. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines environmental health as those aspects of human health and diseases that are determined by factors in the environment. It also refers to the theory and practice of assessing and controlling factors in the environment that can potentially affect health (WHO, 2011). It is the position of the National Association ...
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Head Lice Management in the School Setting Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that the management of head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) in the school setting should not disrupt the educational process. Leadership provided by the registered professional school nurse (hereinafter referred to as the school nurse) can impact reduction of the stigma associated with head lice by providing accurate health education including anticipatory guidance to the school community and implementing evidence-based strategies for the management of head lice in schools. ...
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Immunizations Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that immunizations are essential to primary prevention of disease from infancy through adulthood. Promotion of immunizations by the registered professional school nurse (hereinafter referred to as school nurse) is central to the public health focus of school nursing practice (American Nurses Association [ANA] & NASN, 2011). NASN supports the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) vaccine recommendations that are adopted by the Centers for Disease ...
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Individualized Healthcare Plans: The Role of the School Nurse Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that the registered professional school nurse (hereinafter referred to as school nurse), in collaboration with the student, family and healthcare providers, shall meet nursing regulatory requirements and professional standards by developing an Individualized Healthcare Plan (IHP) for students whose healthcare needs affect or have the potential to affect safe and optimal school attendance and academic performance. ...