School Nurse Corner: NASN Calls for More School Nurses
April 15, 2020
Senator Patty Murray
Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee
428 Dirksen Senator Office Building, US Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Murray:
On behalf of 56.6 million pre-kindergarten, elementary and high school students in the United States and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), we ask that you fund 10,000 school nurses for the upcoming school year as this country begins to open schools in the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. School re-entry will bring many
challenges for students as they resume classes in school year 2020-2021. Students will experience mental and behavioral health concerns that may present as physical health issues; they will need support from school nurses.
School nurses are front line health care providers, serving as the bridge between the health care and education systems. Whether they are hired by school districts, health departments, or hospitals, school nurses look after the physical and mental health of students in school. School nurses, as public health sentinels, engage school communities, parents, and healthcare providers to promote wellness and improve health outcomes for children. For many children living in or near poverty, the school nurse may be the only health care professional they access regularly. School nurses are essential in infectious disease surveillance, identification and intervention for student physical and mental health concerns, health screenings, school located vaccinations and immunization compliance efforts. Additionally, children today face more chronic and complex health conditions than ever before. Access to a school nurse is a student equity issue
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