School Clinician’s Corner: NASN Statement on Uvalde, Texas School Shooting and Related Trauma Resources
Silver Spring, MD May 26, 2022 – The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) laments the killing of 19 children and 2 teachers in the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, TX. The grief unleashed by this violence forever changes the lives of family members, the school community, and the greater community.
Annually, more than 3,500 children and teens (ages 0 to 19) are shot and killed, and 15,000 are shot and wounded—that’s an average of 52 American children and teens every day. An estimated three million children witness a shooting each year.
“We need meaningful action to keep our schools safe, action that addresses what we know about gun violence in America’s schools and prevents it from occurring in the first place,” said Linda Mendonca, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, NCSN, FNASN.
NASN recognizes that actions are needed to protect the lives of children, adolescents, and adults. To that end, NASN’s strategy includes
- Champion frontline school nurses and school nurse administrators as they support their school districts and schools by promoting the prevention and reduction of school violence.
- Elevate and continue advocacy efforts and collaboration with organizations and coalitions that support safe school environments.
- Support public health efforts that impact students, families, and school communities.
- Share resources for school communities to address gun violence.
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