School nurse day is May 11

School nurse day is May 11 The National Association of School Nurses, Inc. (NASN) has proclaimed May 11, 2005 as National School Nurse Day. National School Nurse Day was established in 1977 to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting.

Today, school nursing has become a specialized practice that advances the well being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To this end, school nurses promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student/family capacity for adaptation, self management, self advocacy, and learning.

They often provide these services to increasingly large numbers of students and frequently more than one school building. A celebration of how much school nurses do to keep kids healthy is a key component of National School Nurse Day celebrations.

School nurses have played a vital role in improving the health and well being of our nation's children. NASN President, Janis Hootman, adds that "schools are being asked to manage more students with increasingly complex health needs, including technological advances, poverty, violence, and substance abuse. School nurses today have become a direct care provider and facilitator for school accommodations and community services.

School nurses build a healthy future for children and the work through their roles as preventionist, teacher, coach, advocate, and program planner. School nurses build health and hope for today and tomorrow."

Schools and communities are encouraged to join with their school nurses in celebrating this important day. Most states have identified a "School Nurse of the Year" award winner who has made a significant impact on students, staff and the community. The 2005 National School Nurse of the Year is Merry Grasska and the School Nurse Administrator of the Year is Josephine Chappell, both of California. For more information on National School Nurse Day, visit the NASN Web site at www.nasn.org.

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