National School Nurse Day is observed annually on the Wednesday of National Nurses Week in May, which falls on May 10 this year. It is a day when the nation comes together to honour the profession of school nursing. This event recognises the tireless efforts of school nurses to ensure the health, safety, and academic success of all students.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL SCHOOL NURSE DAY
On October 1, 1902, Linda Richards was hired as the first school nurse to prevent absenteeism by consulting with children and families regarding infectious disease-related healthcare needs.
After a month of successful nursing operations in New York City schools, she oversaw the citywide implementation of evidence-based nursing practise. Since then, school nurses have continued to control infectious diseases, but their roles have expanded and diversified.
The relationship between a student’s health and their capacity to learn is inextricable. Children’s participation in the educational system is hampered by unmet health care requirements. The school nurse assists students in achieving academic success by administering examination, treatment, and follow-up care in the school setting. The school nurse assists students with their physical, mental, emotional, and social health needs, as well as their academic success.
According to the National Survey of Children with Special Healthcare Needs, 11,2 million American children are at risk for developing persistent physical, cognitive, social, or emotional issues. These pupils may require school-based health care, which school nurses are able to provide.
Since 1972, National School Nurse Day has been celebrated to honour school nurses. National School Nurse Day was established to bring attention to the significance of school nurses in the educational environment.
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Five IMPORTANT FACTS CONCERNING SCHOOL NURSES
The battle of numbers
According to the National Association of School Nurses, between 61,232 and 73,697 Registered Nurses (RNs) are employed in elementary and secondary institutions in the United States.
White headdress militia
Nursing is the most ethical and honest profession in the United States, according to a Gallup poll.
Male-only institutions for nurses
At the earliest known nursing institution, only men were permitted to enrol.
Lucretia Lester is said to have delivered 1,300 babies between 1745 and 1779, losing only two.
Room for more
According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, there are 3,059,800 nursing jobs in the United States.
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