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Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child: Implications for 21st Century School Nurses 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) be knowledgeable about and participate in the implementation of Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) approach in the educational setting (ASCD & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2014). The WSCC approach combines and builds upon the Coordinated School Health (CSH) model and ...
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Students with Chronic Health Conditions: The Role of the School Nurse Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that to optimize student health, safety, and learning, a professional registered school nurse (hereinafter referred to as school nurse) be present all day, every day. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on School Health (2016) highlights the important role school nurses play across a child’s continuum of care and recommends that every school should have at least one nurse. The Every Student Succeeds Act ...
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The Role of School Nursing in Telehealth Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that utilization of telehealth technology may be a valuable tool to assist registered professional school nurses (herein referred to as a school nurse) to provide school health services. The health of many students is impacted by lack of access to primary care and specialty services due to health disparities caused by poverty and other social determinants of health. Technology and telehealth can assist the school nurse in addressing these ...
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The School Nurse’s Role in Behavioral Health of Students Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that registered, professional school nurses (hereinafter referred to as school nurses) serve a vital role in promoting positive behavioral health outcomes in students through evidence-based programs and curricula in schools and communities. Behavioral health is as critical to academic success as physical well-being. As members of interdisciplinary teams, school nurses collaborate with school personnel, community healthcare ...
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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 children’s deaths in school should be recorded, analyzed and reported at the local, state and national levels. The systematic review of data on child mortality 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). BACKGROUND Schools are not immune from the threat of fatal injury ...
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Sexual Health Education in Schools Position Statement printable version SUMMARY It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that developmentally appropriate evidence-based sexual health education should be included as part of a comprehensive school health education program and be accessible to all students. NASN recognizes the role of parents and families as the primary source of education about sexual health. The registered professional school nurse (hereinafter referred to as school nurse) is a valuable resource to parents and educators in this area and supports the ...
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Naloxone Use in the School Setting: The Role of the School Nurse is a continuing nursing education activity in the NASN Learning Center. Earn 1.0 CNE contact hour learning about the scope of the prescription drug epidemic and how to implement proper use of Naloxone in the school setting. Visit the NASN Learning Center for more information .
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Earn 1.0 CNE contact hours when you complete Partnership Building to Support Students Manage Chronic Health Conditions. This newly released educational activity is available at no cost in the NASN Learning Center. Learn more or enroll today .
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Once again, building on decades of collaboration, the National Association of School Nurses and the American Nurses Association have published the premier one-volume guide to contemporary school nursing. The Standards of School Nursing Practice and their accompanying competencies describe and measure the expected level of school nursing practice and professional performance. Based on ANA’s Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (2015) for all registered nurses, these standards are authoritative statements of the duties that school nurses should competently perform. Composed of two sets—the Standards of Practice and the Standards of Professional Performance—these ...
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   Teachable moments are those seconds of clarity when someone experiences an absolute understanding that previously eluded him or her.  In my work as a School Nurse, I was accustomed to creating the “teachable moments” for my students.  On this particular late afternoon, it was my turn to experience a “teachable moment” from a student.   Who recognizes this scenario?  It was another endless day of problem-solving, crisis management, sewing ripped pants, helping a staff member deal with a personal issue, chasing down paperwork and try to screen at least one class.  This describes almost every day, and that’s only the morning.  Let’s not talk about ...
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School nurses traditionally work in isolated settings, and don’t have the luxury of seeing other school nurses on a daily basis. Registered nurses do not require supervision by a higher healthcare professional, but can practice independently. Licensed practical nurses (LPN) must be supervised by a registered nurse or licensed physician (UCA 58-31b-102 [15]).  Registered school nurses need to show how they are different from LPNs in the school setting, but working to the full extent of their scope of practice. First you have to know what your scope of practice is. Each state’s Nurse Practice Acts (NPA) are different, so it the duty of each nurse to read and stay ...
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Everybody loves a good story! School nurses have an abundance of stories stemming from daily work and community volunteer experiences.  These stories cover all genres; drama, comedy, and dare I say… thriller- just to name a few. At the NASN Conference 2017 the opening keynote speaker, a PROFESSIONAL STORYTELLER (yes, he is paid for telling stories), Luis Ortega , engaged conference participants with a story. The take-away message Ortega bestowed is, “…story-telling and story-listening can evoke empathy, build more inclusive environments, and close gaps of inequity in our communities.”   The theme of communication was launched during the Pre-Conference Affiliate ...
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For the past 5 years, I have had the privilege of teaching in the Rutgers-Camden School Nurse Certificate Program.  I am a full-time school nurse in the Camden City School District during the school year, but each summer I wear my favorite hat, that of School Nurse Educator.  I honor the efforts of my students and marvel at their courage, many having not been in the role of student for many, many years. My students are adult learners, professional nurses who want to enter the unknown world of School Nursing. Being a School Nursing Educator makes me especially #Relentless!  It is a daunting challenge and responsibility to teach new School Nurses.  My ...
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Dear colleagues, On June 20, 2017 at the NJSSNA executive board meeting Anna Tupe handed me the gavel and I opened my first meeting as president.  Many members may not know much about me so I would like to take the opportunity to share a little about who I am and my experience.  I have been in nursing over 40 years.  In my past nursing life, I worked med/surg, ICU but most of my experience came from working in the Emergency room at St. John’s Hospital in Yonkers, NY.  The story of how I ended up in the Garden State is for a different time.  In 1999, I made the transition into school nursing.  My first position was as a long-term sub, which eventually turned ...
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  Reflecting on what we want our school nurse legacy to be was first posed by a question Beth Mattey presented at the New Jersey State School Nurses Association (NJSSNA) 2016 Fall conference. Truthfully and embarrassingly, I had never considered the concept of School Nursing legacy before. When I saw the question, written boldly on a presentation slide, it got my attention.  In fact, I have not stopped reflecting on this question since.  It seems to be a moving target, one that expands and changes directions as my self-reflection deepens.   What I am convinced of is this self-reflection exercise could change the trajectory of school nursing.  Imagine ...
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Parent communication can be positive or negative, as well as productive and non- productive. Summer time is a time for rest and refreshment for a School Nurse. It is also a time for reflection about past experiences, both good and bad. This summer I have resolved to start my new school year with a more positive and proactive approach to parent communications. Too often my first contact with a parent occurs when there is an actual or perceived problem to solve. At that time, I scramble to start with the basics: who is the primary caregiver (parent, grandparent, guardian, etc.) and how can I best reach the parent? Once having made contact, the current situation ...
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  Jeanne Kiefner is a School Nurse treasure who, more than 17 years after her retirement, continues to come to NASN conferences and still provides practicum supervision for School Nurse Certificate students at Rowan University in NJ.  I was privileged to attend the last two NASN conferences with Jeanne and could barely keep up with her energy and enthusiasm for learning.  She is as brilliant as she is hilarious and knows how to have FUN.   Walking through the NASN conference with Jeanne is like being with a school nurse celebrity.  She is recognized wherever she goes because she has been a fixture in the world of school nursing since the 1970’s.  She ...
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The latest NASN School Nurse podcast discusses the article  Historic Leadership: One Courageous School Nurse’s Heroic Journey—Part 4 . Learn more about this article by reading the abstract below, listening to the podcast , and reading the article online. School nursing practice establishes itself in the midst of both education and nursing philosophies, ethics, standards, laws, and regulations. Treading these two worlds is difficult at times and requires that a school nurse possess a strong foundational knowledge base, seek professional collaboration, and navigate conflicting professional demands in order to promote student and public safety. This article ...
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An article in the June issue of The Journal of School Nursing is discussed in the newest JOSN podcast. Learn more about the article, Pilot Study: Implementing a Brief DBT Skills Program in Schools to Reduce Health Risk Behaviors Among Early Adolescents , by reviewing the abstract below, listening to the podcast , and reading the article online. A significant proportion of youth engage in health risk behaviors, which are of concern, as they are associated with adverse health consequences across development. Two factors associated with engagement in such behaviors are emotion dysregulation and impulsivity. Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is an effective ...