National School Nurse Day

by SKHC Editor on April 30, 2007

School Kids Healthcare would like to take the opportunity to recognize and thank all the school nurses on this National School Nurse Day for their continuous dedication.  The National Association of School Nurses has chosen “Healthy Children Learn Better” as this year’s theme.  Although this year’s theme is put together with four simple words achieving this goal is an ongoing process that is not always simple.  Everyday a school nurse is faced with the unexpected, the routine and the challenge of creating time in order to educate in the classroom all while on a limited budget. 

The first North American school nurse was Lina Rogers Struthers who was hired by the New York City Board of Education back in 1902.  Within one month her incredible efforts were not only seen but proved and now there are approximately 50,000 school nurses in the United States.  It only took 70 years to establish National School Nurse Day!  This celebratory day recognizing school nurses was long overdue in School Kids Healthcare’s opinion however we’re glad to have the honor of celebrating it with you now.

We would like to ask all of you school nurses how your school or district is celebrating National School Nurse Day this May 9, 2007.  Is your school, district or state government planning anything special?  We understand all of you are very busy and constantly on the go whether within one school or within a whole district but we’d love to hear from you!  If you want to share letters, cards or pictures that you’ve received or post a comment all your thoughts are welcome here.

Happy National School Nurse Day!

Sincerely,

School Kids Healthcare

{ 3 comments }

RoseAnn LaMartina Brostoski, RN May 9, 2007 at 12:11 pm

Nothing. Oh, I got a card, signed by the other Staff, for Nurses’ Day; that was last Friday.

But, since I am the only Nurse, I would have to tell them that it is School Nurse Day, and. . . .

Kathleen Rose, RN NCSN May 9, 2007 at 3:03 pm

I serve more than one school, so the response has been varied. At one school, the principal announced it to the staff and I received a personal email from a secretary who has gone from not speaking to me to becoming a personal friend. Another school, I received a dozen roses and candy from a class that I have taught a weekly lesson to. I also got flowers from the principal and assistant principal and a personal gift from my clinic assistant. At my third school, I got a hand made card from every student in one 2nd grade class. . . and according to several students, “School Nurses Rule!” I agree!
I do a weekly news show called “Wellness Wednesday” at one school and “Tips for Tuesday” at the other school. This week I used my news show to “gently” remind the students and staff about School Nurse Day and all the things that school nurses do. It may sound as if I was blowing my own horn, but I have learned that people think you do what they have seen you do, unless you inform them otherwise. And my job is way more than putting on a bandaid!
Also, my clinic assistants and I made little tag lines that said, “Happy School Nurse Day! A thank you kiss from your health room staff. —-, School Nurse —-, Clinic Assistant. We attached a Hershey’s kiss to it and put one in each mailbox. It was a fun thing to do.
Finally, our state organization put out a press release about School Nurse Day with the president’s contact info and local contact info. A TV station called and did an interview with me on what school nurses do and why this day is so special for us. They even filmed me teaching one of the classes I work with.
I am sorry that RoseAnn was pretty much forgotten. I have been there before and it is not fun. I decided a long time ago that “if it’s to be, it’s up to me” and I look for ways to make it special. If others choose to forget me, that’s their problem, but I am going to do my best to find positive ways to remind them of how great a job I have and how important it is to a student’s learning.

Kathy Combs, RN,NCSN May 10, 2007 at 11:51 am

I didn’t get quite the response that Kathleen did (lucky lady!) but our district’s wonderful nurse leader e-mailed the entire staff of our regional school district to complement all the nurses who work here. I did get several acknowledgements from staff members yesterday.
I also brought in some heart-healthy munchies for coffee breaks, since my job is made so much easier by the great staff at my school. They may not have remembered flowers, but I still feel like a valued member of the school and appreciate that a lot.

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