Unlocking the Potential of School Nursing: Keeping Children Healthy, In School, and Ready to Learn

Source: Charting Nursing’s Future, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, August 18, 2010

From the summary:
A new brief from RWJF’s Charting Nursing’s Future series highlights the vital role school nurses play, and the funding challenge schools confront supporting nurses’ work keeping children healthy.

For more than a century, school nurses have played a critical role in keeping U.S. schoolchildren healthy. Their duties go far beyond tending to recess scrapes and bruises. They deal with students’ chronic health conditions, life-threatening allergy and asthma events and epidemics of various sorts; they connect students to substance-abuse treatment, mental, behavioral and reproductive health services; they screen for vision, hearing and other problems that might impair learning; they ensure immunization compliance and administer first aid; and more. In short, school nurses provide care that many children would not otherwise receive, and greatly reduce the overall cost of care because they are able to intercept and address problems before they become severe and costly.

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