A message from Sue Nokleby, SNOM President:
Happy School Nurse Day!
May 10, 2017 is National School Nurse Day. Although School Nurse recognition is only one day a year, School Nurses strive every day to keep students healthy and capable of learning.
In Minnesota, a School Nurse is a professional registered nurse (RN) with a Baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing and a public health certificate from the Minnesota Board of Nursing along with Licensed School Nurse designation from the Minnesota Department of Education. They have expertise, education and training in pediatrics, public health, mental health and emergency nursing.
On any given day, School Nurses see a variety of student issues from injuries to managing chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, seizures and severe allergies. By providing screening services, School Nurses are able to refer students with vision and hearing concerns that could affect the student’s ability to learn. They do public health surveillance by monitoring immunizations and the spread of disease to help keep Minnesota students healthy.
School Nurses collaborate with families, school professionals, and community organizations to develop educational and health plans for students and school health policies. As an advocate for students, School Nurses are often the liaison between the student, family, school and health care providers.