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NHM Health Focus: School Nurses

School Nurses Do Many Things.


  • facilitate positive student responses to normal development
  • promote health and safety
  • intervene with actual and potential health problems
  • provide case management services
  • actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self management, self advocacy, and learning

Source: National Association
of School Nurses

They also:
  • provide acute care
  • conduct yearly health history surveys
  • monitor immunization compliance and tuberculin skin testing
  • screen vision, dental, and hearing
  • evaluate chronic health problems
  • administer and monitor daily medication

Source: Wood County School

May 2004: We honor the Nursing profession and provide a special salute to School Nurses.

The date of School Nurse Day has been changed so that it is now celebrated during National Nurses Week. Please join us as we salute the dedication of nurses who work in schools as well as those who work in hospitals, homes, care centers, doctors' offices, prisons and elsewhere.

Some nursing assignments require education beyond a bachelor's degree; others require much less formal education. Everywhere, at every level, nurses have as their primary concern, the well being of those in their care. For information regarding nursing as a career check out LifeWorks, the National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education web site for health and medical careers. For more information about school nursing, visit the National Association of School Nurses.

One of the roles of professional organizations is to support their members with information that will help them effectively do their jobs. For example the School Nurse Association has an Asthma Management Program. Professional organizations also promote an understanding of their specialty to others who work with the same clients. An example of this would be the School Nurse Tool Kits produced by the American Association of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services support school nurses by providing background information, checklists and other resources. For example the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has provides information for patients and the public; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published Asthma Control Programs and Activities. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools.

School nurses answer many questions related to health issues during a school year as they assist students, teachers, and staff members. The following resources posted on Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum represent just a few of the resources on this site that may be addressed by school nurses during a school year.

Activities Exchange: Nursing Schools  
Activities Exchange: Student Internship Program  
Activities Exchange: What is a Medicine? 

Newsmaker Interviews: Don Francis talks to Teachers about the Ebola Outbreak
Newsmaker Interviews: So you wanna be a Big Doctor, consider a career in primary care
Newsmaker Interviews: Dr. Dennis Bier and U.S. Diet Guidelines

Health Question of the Week: Online Medical Records
Health Question of the Week: Health Careers
Health Question of the Week: AIDS Education

Resource Center: BAM! Body and Mind (from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Resource Center: Kids Health (from the Nemours Foundation)