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The Relentless School Nurse: The Future of Nursing 2030 Includes the Voice of School Nursing

By Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN posted 06-04-2019 13:58

  

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The Future of Nursing 2030 is tasked with envisioning what nursing will become over the next decade. To be exact:  "This committee will extend the vision for the nursing profession into 2030 and it will chart a path for the nursing profession to help our nation create a culture of health, reduce health disparities, and improve the health and wellbeing of the U.S. population in the 21st century." - retrieved from National Academies SEM : The Future of Nursing 2020-2030

The most exciting part is that the committee is seeking input from nurses across the country. Our voices are needed, requested and welcomed to design our collective future. What is even more exciting is that school nurses will be part of the public discussion. Health equity, social influencers that impact our students and families and understanding the needs of our specialty practice are all on the table. So, this is my big "ask" of school nursing colleagues and those who serve children: Join me in creating a compelling message for the Future of Nursing Committee to consider as they complete their study and formulate their findings.

Crowdsourcing is a phenomenon born of the era of social media! That is why I am reaching out and asking for help. Let's make history together and have the "Voice of School Nursing" front and center in this important study. In the coming weeks, I will be sharing questions to consider in presenting the school nursing lens to the Future of Nursing 2030 committee members. This opportunity is epic, one that may impact our practice through policy change from the recognition that school nurses serve at the intersection of health and education.

  • Using an evidence-informed crystal ball, what does school nursing need to provide to the students we serve in 2030?
  • What must we do as a specialty practice to prepare for this quickly changing world?
  • How can we create a safety net for our most impacted students and families?
  • How we will measure our outcomes?
  • Imagine a world where policy, budget, and staffing needs were no object, what could the school nurse provide to our students?
  • What is the greatest barrier to health that our children face?

Our impact is recognized as pivotal, something that those in the field have known for more than 100 years. Lillian Wald had the vision to place Lina Rogers in city schools in the midst of the immigration influx that was happening on the lower East Side of NY at the turn of the last century.  Lina Rogers, the first school nurse was the result of a grand experiment in school health that continues today.

What does the 21st Century school nurse need to care for our nation's 55 million children? Let's embrace this once in a decade opportunity to add the voice of school nursing to the Future of Nursing 2030.

Here are opportunities to participate in The Future of Nursing:

The Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 is holding three regional meetings to hear from you. The committee is interested in your insights on how to advance the profession of nursing to help our nation create a culture of health, reduce health disparities, and improve the health and well-being of the U.S. population in the 21st century. Each meeting will feature panel discussions around a specific topic, followed by time for public comments.

We hope you can join us in person! Can’t attend? The events will be webcast, and select online comments will be read aloud.

Meeting Locations and Twitter Chat dates:

Chicago: Register by 12pm ET on June 3rd to attend in person. Register by June 6th to watch the webcast. You will receive an email with instructions on how to join.
Theme: Education, Research and Practice
Friday, June 7
8:30–12:30 pm CDT
Malcolm X College
Register to attend or watch online here.

 

Philadelphia Register by 12pm ET on July 18th to attend in person. Register by July 22nd to watch the webcast. You will receive an email with instructions on how to watch.
Theme: Payment and Care for Complex Health and Social Needs
Wednesday, July 24
8:30 am–12:30 pm EDT
UPenn School of Nursing
Register to attend or watch online here.

Join the Twitter Chat!
Wednesday, July 17
3:00-4:00pm EDT
@theNAMedicine
#Nursing2030Chat2
Register to participate here.

 

Seattle  Register by 12pm ET on August 1st to attend in person. Register by August 5th to watch the webcast. You will receive an email with instructions on how to watch.
Theme: High Tech, High Touch
Wednesday, August 7
8:30 am–12:30 pm PDT
University of Washington
Register to attend or watch online here.

Join the Twitter Chat!
Thursday, August 1
3:00-4:00pm EDT
@theNAMedicine
#Nursing2030Chat3
Register to participate here.

 
 
Tweet, write, speak, let the committee know what is important to understand about school nursing and what we need today to prepare for the future.
Share your thoughts by commenting on this blog post or send me an email:
 
relentlessschoolnurse@gmail.com
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