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Posted: May 10, 2022

Remember to Thank a School Nurse

National School Nurses Day is Wednesday, May 11

APS nurses uniquely enhance the educational process for Albuquerque Public Schools students by utilizing a standards/evidence-based practice to help students achieve academic excellence and to promote a quality, safe learning and working environment.

The school nurse oversees the administration of necessary medications and treatments students may need during the school day. APS nurses are also available as a valuable resource to families, staff and school members to guide and plan best practices for healthy students.

Five Ways a School Nurse Benefits the School

Information provided by the National Association of School Nurses 

Attendance

School nurses improve attendance through health promotion, disease prevention, and disease management. Students with a full-time school nurse have about half the student illness- or injury-related early releases from school where no school nurse is present.

Academics

Improved attendance means a healthy student is in the classroom and ready to learn. School Nurses enable better performance, which also contributes to reducing drop-out rates.  

Time

School nurses save time for principals, teachers, and staff. A school nurse in the building saves principals, teachers, and clerical staff a considerable amount of time that they would have spent addressing the health concerns of students.   

A school nurse in the building saves:

  • Principals almost an hour a day
  • Teachers almost 20 minutes a day
  • Clerical staff over 45 minutes a day

Staff Wellness

School nurses improve the general health of staff.  According to school reports, principals, teachers, and clerical staff are VERY satisfied with having school nurses in their schools for several reasons:

  • Teachers can focus on teaching.
  • Office staff spends less time calling parents and sending students home.
  • Healthy staff means increased attendance and productivity.

Accountability

School nurses help schools stay accountable.

  • Promoting compliance with federal and state law mitigates lawsuits.
  • Preparing for emergencies saves lives and property.
  • Addressing student mental health links to academic achievement.

School nurses are instrumental in the identification and referral to community resources for health risks and are often the only health professional who see students on a regular basis. They are responsible for:

  • Significantly decreasing the number of days missed due to asthma, the leading cause of school absenteeism, accounting for more than 14 million missed days annually.
  • Managing students with chronic conditions such as diabetes and seizures to allow them to stay in class.
  • Identifying and treating accidents and injuries.
  • Counseling students about physical and emotional issues.
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