Health and Learning
Schools promote the health of every child in order to raise educational achievement.
The Link Between Health and Academic Success
Health and learning go hand-in-hand:
- An unhealthy child has difficulty learning.
- An undernourished child cannot concentrate well.
- Medical (physical and emotional) problems interfere with a child's ability to learn.
Students' three main problems (as indicated by teachers):
- Abuse and neglect
- Impaired health
- Poor nutrition
School Nursing Goals
School nursing services impact three of the National Educational Goals:
- All children will start school ready to learn with proper nutrition and health care.
- Support district goals to increase graduation rates.
- Every school will be free of drugs, alcohol, bullying, and violence.
In order for learning to take place, certain conditions need to be met. Below is a list of goals for nurses in the schools.
- Manage chronic health conditions
- Shorten illness-related absence
- Lessen the number of students sent home needlessly
- Provide intervention to return students to class
- Promote inclusion related to health needs
- Inspect the school's physical environment
- Promote universal precautions
- Support a non-violent, drug-free environment
- Provide vision and hearing screens
- Identify health-related barriers to learning
- Support nutritional, comfort, and clothing needs